My daughter is in ICU. She had fever on thursday evening, and on Friday morning it was diagnosed as Dengue. She was admitted in hospital on Saturday, and by Monday her platelet count fell from 218, to 211, to 153 to 22 thousand. (Normal is 150000 to 450ooo)
She received two platelet transfusions and today her platelet count is stable at 43000 – very low but not falling any lower again. But her lungs are half filled with fluid, kidney, lever, pancreas and gall bladder are affected. She is on catheter and respirator and is being fed through IV.
Last night was the worst – I watched her suffer acute pain till 5 30 am, after which it was found the pain was due to inflamed pancrease and she was given a safe pain killer. But although she is alert and positive, – she looks drained – her eyes are puffy, her face has a bluish grey tinge , her abdomen is four times it’s usual size and she feels the catheter is uncomfortable, and being breathless makes talking very difficult for her.
The doctor said yesterday to ‘Wait and watch’ – today they are saying ” She is very sick.” I am very scared.
Yesterday in pain she told the doctor, “It should be like this, this pain is really unbearable it should be shared between children and parents.” And the doctor said, “If that was possible, no child would ever suffer any pain.” I have never felt so helpless in my life, it all depends on how fast the viral lasts – generally not more than 8 days, but still there is fluid in her body, all caplillaries are leaking (because her blood has become very thin)… once the dengue fever goes – the fluid will be absorbed, the dehydration will end, she will start feeling comfortable..