My worst nightmare came to reality when my 7 months old baby got dengue 3 weeks ago, we were shattered... We were asking ourselves, where did she get it from? She got fever that will not actually subside even with paracetamol, we sponge bathe her and it did subside but after a while, she became delirious with fever again and will not cease crying. We immediately brought her to the hospital and the cbc resulted to 148 platelet count and we were informed that the normal range for her age is 140-400 (as far as i can remember from that horrid experience), and we were advised by the resident doctor in the emergency to go home and return by tomorrow for another cbc test since it would be her 3rd day with fever, which is the start of the dengue attack. When we returned to hospital, she has 75 platelet count and was then admitted...
Gosh, sharing and reminiscing the past events still hurt and cause goosebumps on my arms, as much as I want to give you all details, I have to stop, we cried and prayed for her safety and fast recovery, good thing was we have friends and relatives that has been supportive with this ordeal. Eventually, after 7 days in the hospital, she got out, although she had blood transfusion, we were grateful that she's well and alive, we might have shelled out quite a lot of our savings but it does not matter, we could still find and earn it. Now, the thing that we are thankful for is the boiled tawa-tawa that my mother made for my baby's fever, she said it's the herbal medicine she uses when someone got fever in the family.
I also got an email which I kept from a yahoogroup prayer team subscription and followed their advise. It says, "Accordingly, get raw papaya leaves, 2pcs just cleaned and pound and squeeze with filter cloth. You will only get one tablespoon per leaf; serve two tablespoon per serving once a day. Do not boil or cook or rinse with hot water, it will loose it's strength. Only the leafy part and no stem or sap. It is very bitter and you have to swallow it like "Won Low Kat", it works. Papaya juice has cooling effect. Thus, it helps to reduce the level of heat in one's body, thus the fever will go away. I found that it's also good when one is having sore throat or suffering from heat. Also boiled tawa-tawa(visaya) weed juice, drink the whole day."
We decided there's no harm in trying so we just continued to let my baby drink it, forced her actually to drink, my hubby's aunt and cousin also said to buy a mangagaw juice which is available in rose pharmacy, said it actually helped cure dengue. With God's help, my baby now is fine and gaining weight, and she returned to her "kulit" self.
Thank God and thank you for all the prayers.. :-)