September 8th, 2016 | Superbugs and slumber

Alexander lays knocked out while waiting in the children’s clinic.

Broken Clouds, 31°C

No. 233, Yixin 1st Road, Qianzhen District


4:30 a.m. Alexander woke up. Couldn’t sleep because of his cough. So he played with his toys until I was able to give him some milk.

8:30 a.m. Took Alexander back to the Children’s Clinic. He is out of medicine and still coughing and has slight fever today. He was asleep in his stroller when I reached the clinic. That was handy as I had to wait about 30 minutes. And waiting with an active sick baby is not a pleasant experience!

9:40 a.m. It wasn’t too bad a wait, only 40 more minutes. After the examination the doctor said Alexander has an inner ear infection in the left ear and bronchitis. He has prescribed Alexander 4 days of antibiotics and medicine for his bronchitis. Doctors in Taiwan don’t prescribe antibiotics unless it is really necessary. A lot of other countries seem to hand out antibiotics too freely which can create “superbugs”. Superbugs are created when a bacterial infection is not treated properly with antibiotics and treatment stopped before the virus is completely annihilated. The surviving bacteria builds up a resistance to the antibiotics. Next time it cannot be so easily killed and creates more trouble. So essentially it becomes a superbug. Any species of bacteria can turn into a superbug.

Misusing antibiotics (such as taking them when you don’t need them or not finishing all of your medicine) is the “single leading factor” contributing to this problem, the Centre for Disease Control says.

10:15 a.m. Dropped Alexander into daycare. His temperature was 35.5 so for now he was okay for daycare. If a child’s temperature is 38 they will not allow them into daycare. Alexander looked happy to be at the daycare center. While we were waiting he saw his teacher coming towards the door and he waved at her and she waved back. That was very sweet. It’s so good when teacher and student have a good connection. It’s makes big difference to the day.

10:30 a.m. went home and crashed in bed for an hour. I was really tired after waking up at 4:30 a.m. I have to work this afternoon but I don’t need to leave until 3 p.m. so I can have a rest until then.

2:30 p.m. Left for work in Tainan. It started raining heavily again about 20 minutes into my journey to Tainan. Wow never seen so much rain here.

4:00 p.m.Arrived at school in Tainan and had some afternoon tea. A bowl of fried rice and some turnip soup. I love turnip soup.

5:00.p.m. ~ 6:30 p.m. Young learners class.

6:40 p.m. The rain has gone, unbelievable. It was a smooth ride home with no problems. All the rain water had drained away as if there had been no rain at all. The best thing about it was the fresh smell of cool air and roads that were washed clean.

8 p.m. I got home to find Alexander already asleep. Chia had to pick him up at 3 p.m. as he had a fever. He fell asleep at 5 p.m. and hasn’t woken up since. Knocked out. Poor kid.

10:30 p.m. Movie time. I don’t have work tomorrow and my Saturday class with Mia is cancelled as she needs to attend school to make up for a public holiday next Friday for the Moon Festival. Which means I have three days off and the best way to start the long weekend is with a good movie. So tonight I will watch “Captain America: Civil war “.

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