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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Year End Holidays

Salam Maulidur Rasul, my lovelies!

How are your year end holidays going? Seeing some of your awesome photo updates and check-ins have left me with a joyous sense of vicarious holiday. Thank you and please keep those newsfeed filled with so many picturesque shots and videos!

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We had our plans and tickets for Legoland Malaysia booked and paid for since early this year but Allah swt has His Will and better plans for us. Definitely an affirmation of lesson well learnt on "inshaAllah".

We were out for a casual Thai food dinner at Absolute Thai, Level 3 at The Gardens on 12.12.2015, an ordinary Saturday evening. Girl and Bean usually eat fairly well there, and food preparation waiting time is tolerable as they browse at Brickboy, Borders and Art Friend. 

So we sat down for our chow down. One of our dishes, Pandan leaves chicken, was a tad slow at arriving. When it did arrive, it was slightly harder than usual. We did not send it back, since it was a busy night with long queue outside.

Bean drank some of his favourite fresh watermelon juice and I sipped mine. It tasted "unfresh". Like it was pressed then left on the kitchen counter for a wee bit too long before it was served. Bean did not finish his juice and for once, I did not coax him to drink more.

We came home that night, ready for a restful night. The aim was to zip up the packed luggages and call it a night.

What transpired was far from our vision of tucking the kids into bed after shower, supper, story and surah!

Bean threw up. We had him cleaned, changed and the sheets reeked of vomit. Poor boy. He nursed, he threw up. He cried. Repeat. All. Night. Long.

The following day, was our usual Sunday at The House with The Grandparents. This time, both Bean and Girl threw up their home-cooked lunch. They did another round upon return to The Flat and by then, I was so sure our year end getaway just had to be cancelled.

The reservation cut-off time was midnight but by 6pm, we had our cancellation confirmed by Doubletree by Hilton Johor Bahru. The kids were sent to bed, and I unpacked all our bags for supply of clean clothes. It was a sad thing to have to cancel the holiday, but I kept reminding myself that Allah swt has better plans for us all.

The Other Half kindly offered to make us a hot cup of Milo for a much deserved break of endless cleaning and laundry. A few minutes after drinking his, he threw up. Then the shivers and fever started. He continued to throw up a few times during the night and drank Izumio as much as he could.

I had a little discomfort in my stomach but that was all. Can you believe it? I am usually the first one down!

The three of them survived on (what else?) Izumio and Super Lutein for the next 2 days. The Other Half drank nothing but Izumio (that was like 12 packets per 24 hours) and took 4 Super Lutein every 4 hours. He was fine and dandy after 24 hours, and went back to his usual routine the following day. He showed no sign of dehydration. Syukur alhamdulillah.

Girl started a good habit of taking 1 packet of Izumio before sleeping since then. It is doing so much wonderful healing for her (she has eczema since birth with blood test to confirm dairy and egg-white intolerance). She swiftly recovered from her stomach flu, and low grade fever, without the much dreaded visit to PCMC. Even the ER staff can recognise us (which is a bad sign for us, but excellent patient service on their part).  Medicine-free, phew!

Bean got over his fever with one or two dose of paracetamol because he could not drink much Izumio. At his age, he refused to chew Super Lutein (he spat it out!) and so he survived on breastmilk (which I bet contained a high dose of nutrients from the capsules I have taken). Monkey see, monkey do - he would sip some Izumio whenever he sees his sister do it, which is good peer influence in this case.

It was an exhausting week, with no holidays to go to. In hindsight, we are so lucky we made that cancellation instead of pushing it through just because Legoland tickets had been paid for. It would have been such a miserable drive to Johor Bahru and back with clean basins and towels on stand by. 

Next time, I am just going to persuade the rest of my little family to learn the last minute travel method and wing it. Shall we?

InshaAllah! 

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