The Case Of Food Poisoning

I had a crazy case of food poisoning last week. I think it was the lala we had at Oyster King at Paradigm Mall. Inilah balasan Tuhan kerana makan di tempat yang tidak diketahui status halalnya huhu. Tak check pun, pakai redah je. Ingat kawan-kawan. Had them on Wednesday night. Zufri, Aisha and I had some, Emma had none, thank God. Tapi kasihan kat Aisha. Early Thursday morning she threw up a little. Then at around 6-ish she threw up a little bit more. I swear it was just a little bit of puke. So I sent the kids to Opah and went to work.

So at work, I was feeling a little queasy. I thought nothing of it since you know, thought it might be morning sickness and all (heh heh). The first time I threw up, out came my breakfast, roti kosong dan teh ais. But it didn’t leave a horrible after taste in my mouth. So I just sort of lepakked on the jamban. Came out, drank some water, and then back again on the jamban, vomiting again. Minum air sikit, muntah balik. Pastu cirit pulak lagi. Ya ampun. Minum lagi. Muntah lagi. Siap muntah tepi jalan (on the way nak ke klinik) dan dalam kereta Pipi lagi (mujurlah ada beg plastik hahaha)

Then Opah called. Said Aisha had thrown up twice. So I thought ah, might as well go home. So off to the clinic we went. Now this is an interesting story. Remember how Emma was admitted to Assunta when she was about 1 year +? Well we went to Klinik Kanak-Kanak Oh at SS2. I remember the nurse being very garang because she yelled at me (then) anak you demam tak bagi ubat demam? She could have a seizure in the car you know???

But I had no choice, so off we went. She asked me apa masalah anak. I said dia muntah-muntah. Dah berapa kali? 4 times since this morning. Dah 4 kali muntah baru nak jumpa doctor????? She could get dehydrated you know??? Hahahaha OMG serius over the top sungguh lah nurse ni. She reported down the necessary information, asked me how old Aisha was. So I said 1 year 4 months. Dia melihat Aisha dengan wajah yang sangat skeptik. But she’s so small!! Her birth weight is so big, why is she so small now?

For the record, Aisha weighed 7.6 kilos at 16 months old (according to her, Aisha had the weight of a 7 month old baby). Emma at the same age was almost 11 kilos. If I looked at just Aisha, I won’t notice how small she really was, only when I compare her to other kids her age, then I can see a difference in size.

The doctor was really concerned with her weight, but was fairly satisfied that she seemed like a healthy child. One of her questions was whether my breast milk was enough for her during the first year? I said well she didn’t seem to fuss and seemed satisfied and full so I gathered that I had produced enough breast milk. I have been supplementing Aisha with formula some 4 months ago, but at home and during weekends its always been direct feeding.

So the doctor told me to stop breastfeeding for a while, because whatever food poisoning virus I had in my system can be transferred to her through my milk, and that lactose causes stomach unsettling. She told me to feed her a lactose free / soy based formula and gave some oral rehydration salt.

Balik rumah, beli susu, aku pun tidur. Mintak tolong Pipi jagakan Aisha, bagi dia susu. I think she was already so tired by then that she just took the milk and fell asleep without much fuss. The moments when she was awake though, was terrible. She kept wanting to nurse and I kept refusing her. Kesian betul. But she wasn’t all that cranky. Malam nak tidur tu, Aisha tidur bilik sebelah dengan Zufri because otherwise, I’m sure she’d wanna breastfeed all night. Rasa lain macam tak tidur dengan Aisha, tapi sekejap je hahaha because I really needed the sleep. I had practically nothing since morning, I was so tired.

Alhamdulillah by Friday everybody felt a little better. I no longer threw up, tapi perasaan mual dan loya itu berterusan sehingga ke hari ini. The thing is that after a meal I’d feel nauseous so I needed to lie down, and after a short nap barulah diri terasa segar.

The only things that got me going were ice cold carbonated drinks (sprite & ginger ale). These two things really kept me going. I tried to eat asam, tapi I cannot go lah. Asam aku beli tu tak best kot. Asam betik yang halus-halus tu. Maklumlah, tak biasa beli asam. Tak masam mana pun, masin je lebih.

Kesimpulannya, jagalah pemakanan anda. Food poisoning really really sucks. Dan aku sangat bersyukur kepada Yang Maha Esa kerana tak diberi ujian morning sickness seperti kawan-kawan ibu yang lain.