EDIT: Apologies for the confusion! This is a belated entry. This episode took place in February, just before Thaddeus turned full month old.
T was crying the house down one particular night and we decided to bring him to KKH at my dad’s advice.
We were very turned off by our experience here and I’m honestly shocked because it is after all, a specialized hospital for women and children.
A very young doctor (Dr. A) asked me the same questions the nurse asked at the Triage and thought that T should be having problems with gas in his tummy. She prescribed Ridwind for T and insisted that our baby take it even though I told her T was already on Ridwind for some time and it didn’t help since he was still having these crying fits.
While waiting for Dr. A to come back to check on T, my dear son did a poop job and there were blood traces in the poop! We were taken aback because it had never happened before and alerted Dr. A. She came by to take a look and struggled to take a sample of the stool. -_- (I didn’t know doctors don’t know how to collect samples. The nurses at the A&E were clearly more competent and experienced.)
Apparently, Dr. A didn’t know what to do next with the bloody stool (pun not intended) and went to consult a senior doctor. The senior doctor told her to inform us that T had to be admitted into the hospital because of the blood in his stool. An x-ray and urine test were required as well. I was shocked. I only meant to check on my son’s colic – how did it develop into something so serious that he had to be admitted?!
After some ding-dong-ing, we were brought to the hospital ward which was quite a distance to walk to from the A&E. A Dr. B attended to us and asked the EXACT same questions as Dr. A. By this time, I was quite pissed off because I had given the answers to the nurse at the triage and Dr. A. Don’t they communicate?!! It was 3 in the damn morning and I don’t appreciate having to keep repeating myself and getting no clear idea of what’s wrong with my son. My mum sensed my displeasure and answered on my behalf. When I asked about the x-ray and test results from the stool and urine samples, he told me he would go check.
Dr. B informed that we still need to wait awhile more for the results to be sent over and T needed to do blood test as well. He said since T had to be jabbed for the blood test, they will fix the cannula as well just in case T needed IV drip later. I was reluctant because T may not need the drip and the cannula could cause more pain when he was being carried. But Dr. B and nurse said that this was the better way so that he won’t have to go through the pain of another injection should he require the IV drip later. I felt like I don’t have much of a choice.
They brought T to a room to do the blood test. I had wanted to go in as well but was stopped. I was surprised because at Mt. Alvernia, parents can be around their babies when injections were given so that babies would feel more secure. Because they didn’t let us in, I felt major heartache when I heard T’s cries. What sort of eff-ing rule is that?!
Dr. B was seriously testing my patience when he came back with the urine test results and x-ray but could not explain properly what the results really mean. At the end of it, what I caught was my baby had a lot of gas in his tummy and I may have overfed him.
I don’t mean to be nasty but shouldn’t doctors be able to explain clearly diagnosis, test results, etc?! It’s not as if parents aren’t worried sick enough and the baby cannot speak for himself! I would expect my doctor to speak in a language I can understand, or find someone who can to speak to us.
We had to wait til the next morning when the Senior Consultant will be doing his rounds to come check on T and get more information.
At 4ish in the morning, everyone was utterly exhausted including the little one who just snoozed while we worry our asses off. The husb stayed behind while I went home to pack stuff. I was so thankful my parents came along with us to help ask questions which we may not have thought of, carry and soothe T and finally drive me home.
The next day Hours later, we returned to the hospital. The senior consultant came by earlier and spoke to the husb. Intussusception was ruled out and they had to wait for the blood test results to be out before a diagnosis can be made.
Dr. B came back later to inform that the blood test results show that T has Rotavirus! It was puzzling because T did not display the symptoms except for maybe abdominal cramp, which could be due to his colic. In fact, T did not have the most significant symptom – diarrhea. Again, Doctor B could not explain why. Grr!
We were told that T had to stay in the hospital for further observation. The husb was not cool with that and asked Dr. B what exactly did they want to observe. They wanted to see if T was going to have diarrhea. By this time, there were hardly any blood in T’s poop. So the husb suggested that we bring T home and should he have diarrhea, we will bring him back.
We got the discharge we wanted after Dr. B called the senior consultant to get the approval and got an appointment with the Paediatric Gastroenterologist for T as well.
Because we weren’t convinced that T has Rotavirus since he didn’t have the symptoms, we brought him to our paed for his opinion. When I gave him the memo KKH provided, we realized that KKH did not include “blood in stools” in the details! I know it’s my fault for not checking through the discharge summary too, but how can they leave out the very symptom that had T admitted into the hospital?! UGH.
When we finally saw the Paediatric Gastroenterologist, he was just as baffled by the Rotavirus diagnosis especially since it’s not common in babies at about 4-5 weeks old. Good news is that he thinks there’s nothing serious with the tummy trouble T was having and saw that T was feeding well.