Last August 25, Thursday, we had to rush Sadako to the hospital when we noticed that she was shaking while sleeping. I checked her neck and she was hot; she had fever, which was weird, because she was perfectly fine the whole day.

We found out at the ER of St. Luke’s that her fever was very high – almost 40 degrees – so we ended up staying there for some hours. We were sent home when her fever went down.

The next day, however, her fever started going up again and it remained high so we decided to bring her again to the hospital. We had a CBC and the results were normal – no dengue, thank God – but the fever didn’t want to go down. It was when Sadako threw up and started to look really, really sick when we decided to have her confined.

It took us a couple of days before it started to look like dengue fever. It was pretty hard to figure out at first because Sadako also had tonsillitis and she didn’t show some of the dengue symptoms. It was when her WBC and platelet count continuously went down when we really knew it was dengue.

It was very hard for all of us, especially because it was the first time that Sadako got confined. She didn’t have any appetite and a lot of energy, and all we could do was hope for her WBC and platelet count to go up. Blood had to be extracted every morning for the CBC, and that was very stressful. Sadako screamed a lot, which irritated her throat.

And it was very hard and stressful for us, as well. It’s really hard to see your kid weak and in pain and crying, but, of course, we had to be strong for her. That was pretty difficult. It’s hard to be strong for your kid when you’re weak coz you don’t eat coz you have no appetite, when you lack sleep, when you are constantly worrying about money, when you are worried and afraid.

But we made it through.

On the fifth day there, Sadako’s antibiotics started to work so she was coughing less, plus her WBC went up. The next day it went up again so we were discharged because of the good trend.

I’m very thankful for all those who helped us: relatives who lent us money; friends and officemates who prayed for us and sent well wishes; Benjamin, who dropped by with a box of donuts and spent time entertaining Sadako; and everyone from St. Luke’s.

The doctors were really accommodating, but it’s the nurses who made our stay really less stressful. While there was one who didn’t know how to take someone’s blood pressure and another one who didn’t seem sincere, most of them were really kind and accommodating and helpful. I appreciate how they made Sadako feel comfortable the whole time.

Now we’re back home trying to go back to our normal everyday life, except that there’s gonna be some changes.

We don’t want anyone to get dengue so we’re now extra careful: no stagnant water, yes to even more regular application of mosquito repellent, more fruits and veggies, more water and juice.

The biggest lesson I learned from this is to save money. Sadako has no health card yet and so we had to pay for everything in cash. The thing is that I was caught off guard; we were not expecting her to get sick and get confined, so I had to borrow some money from some people.

I’m just happy Sadako is well now and we’re back home.

Now it's time to sleep.