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My Measles Scare (or rather, the Test for Measles is Expensive!) My Life 08 JUL 2016

At the start of June, Chantelle and I were making it a mission to head out for an early morning walk to the whale viewing point after dropping the kids off from school.

After one particularly fine morning walk, I returned home and noticed that I now sported a blood red rash that was spread all over my body! (You can see it on the photo above, and although the phone camera doesn’t show it off so well, on my arm below.)

Chantelle was immediately concerned, and asked that I see a doctor as soon as possible. So I got in contact with Dr. Chris Jooste’s reception and made an appointment for later in the afternoon.

At this stage I was still feeling reasonably fine, with just a bit of a scratchy throat and of course my big red rash. That all changed on arrival and inspection at Dr. Jooste’s practice though, as he came to the same conclusion that both Chantelle and I were suspecting – this looked very much like a case of measles, which is of course not a good thing at all! (Interesting fact – if you are confirmed as having measles, the doctor actually has to report it to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases as it is classed as a notifiable disease in South Africa.)

So off I rushed to PathCare to get the required blood tests done (luckily, the PathCare at Vergelegen Hospital was still open at that hour).

Now the drawing of the blood was perfectly fine, no hassle there, but goodness, the gathering of the nose swab samples was not! What a horrible sensation of having someone jam a super lengthy cotton bud up your nostril, so far that you’re sure she’s poking your brain! (Horrible, just plain horrible!)

I was of course now in quarantine, and after a few days I got a call from Dr. Jooste informing me that the measles tests had in fact came back negative (whew!), but because I was displaying the classic symptoms of measles he had more tests done and a positive for German measles had come back in.

So not nearly as serious then. Still, for the next couple of days my energy was drained, my joints incredibly sore, and of course I was (rightfully so) completely shunned by my wife and girls, meaning no hugs and kisses to make me feel better either.

Honestly, I was moving about like an old man, my joints were that sore!

What a weird year I’m having. As the doctor put it, I’m obviously trying to relive my youth at the moment. First mumps, now German measles – what’s next? Chicken pox  perhaps? (Hopefully not. Mom did find my old clinic card and it states that I received all the necessary immunizations of the time!)

measles blood test cost breakdown from pathcare

What surprised me the most about this whole saga was however the bill I received from PathCare (which I need to fork out for because I only have a hospital plan with Discovery). It turns out that the test for measles is quite expensive. R878.10, with my total account coming in at R2114.20 – I could have done without that I tell you!

Anyway, the disease passed in a few days, followed by a couple more spent in quarantine as I was still classified as being infectious, making for a rather boring week or so indeed!

Oh, and of course, a couple of weeks later Jessica followed suit with some German measles of her own


An Update on Little Lotter No.2 My Life 29 JUL 2013

ultrasound of baby lotter 2A week or two ago Chantelle and I headed off after our weekly Weigh-less weigh-in session to see our selected obstetrics and gynaecology specialist Dr J. La Grange at her consulting rooms near the Mediclinic Vergelegen hospital in Somerset West for the big 13 week NT scan – basically the very big and very scary scan to check for any fetal abnormalities.

This was my first time meeting Dr. La Grange (who is probably just a little older than Chantelle and myself) and I have to say, I was mightily impressed with her, both in terms of her personality and professionalism. Definitely a good choice that Chantelle has made, and even more pleasingly, someone who Chantelle immediately felt at ease with from the very first moment that she met her!

Unlike the first time when we went through this big scan with little Jessica and Dr. Sonja Mulder, this scan went perfectly smoothly, the machine doing its job without any hiccups and our little baby playing perfectly along, showing off all of the little limbs, fingers and toes. We heard the furious little heart beat and marveled at the cute little pointed nose staring back at us, and even got the photographic evidence to prove it! :)

All in all, it went very well, the doctor is happy with Chantelle and the progress of the prenancy (the due date has again been confirmed 23 January 2013), and even more pleasingly, a couple of days later we got the phone call to tell us that everything is fine, and there is only a very, very low percentage chance of the baby having Down Syndrome, meaning we can all pretty much breathe a big sigh of relief.

I found it kind of cute how the doctor referred to Chantelle as being a BMI patient (euphemisms are always amusing aren’t they?), and based on that alone we have been referred to Kingsbury hospital in Constantia for the next big scan, the 23 week scan, because of their superior ultrasound equipment – basically because thanks to the nasty pregnancy experience last time around, my favourite high risk pregnancy patient needs to be handled with kid gloves through and through! :)

Funnily enough, Kingsbury also happens to be my sister’s hospital of choice – she’s also due late January next year, a week before us I believe! (Shame, January is going to be a busy month of riding up and down for Mom and Pops!).

Anyway, so all is well with baby Lotter No. 2, Chantelle is still doing well (thus far she’s only had a single day or so of Morning Sickness to deal with), and we’re happily plodding along towards the next milestone on our pregnancy roadmap.

Good stuff! :)

(Also, just worth mentioning, but it was seriously good timing that SARS gave us back some money as quickly as what they did. The specialist consultation as well as the immediate blood work handled by PathCare – seriously, I don’t know how Chantelle didn’t faint with all those vials of blood extracted from her! – came with a bill totalling just under R2,400 – certainly not pocket change in other words! Ouchie, I’ve clearly forgotten just how expensive having a baby can be!)

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention. Although we can’t be 100% sure just yet, it looks like Jessica will be getting a little sister come January next year…

PathCare Complaint Resolved My Life 24 MAY 2011

A little while ago I posted about an issue we had with PathCare revolving around a stale claim from Jessica’s NICU jaunt which the medical aid had eventually turned down, forcing them to instead turn to us and try and squeeze the money directly from yours truly.

Well I am happy to now report that after my e-mail to the accounts department and report placed on the infamous hellopeter.com consumer service website, prompt action from the PathCare customer relations department saw to it that I was immediately notified, kept in the loop and at the end of the day, was allowed to sigh a big breath of relief with Discovery deciding to honour the claim after all, leaving us with only the happy job of taking that nasty PathCare final notice letter and shredding it for good!

So thank you for that PathCare and Discovery, most definitely much appreciated.

(That said, I can’t rest just yet. Now I’ve caught wind of an unpaid stale claim from some JC Hunter group to the tune of R6,000 – meaning that pretty shortly it will once again be time to whip out the typewriter and call on our good friend hellopeter.com…)

Stubborn Like Her Dad My Life 04 AUG 2010

Chantelle went for another check up scan on Friday, though this time around she gave her mom a much appreciated present, inviting Cheryl to accompany her to the gynae while I stayed at work, slaving away at my keyboard as per usual.

Our baby at 13 weeks! :)

The good news is of course that everything still looks perfectly normal, little jellybean is now no longer jellybean size, clocking in at 10 cm long with a weight of 150 odd grams. Everything has formed nicely now, ten little fingers and ten little toes, and the heartbeat is still happily racing away as it should at this stage of the game.

The only niggly news coming out of the visit is that it turns out that Chantelle is of O negative blood type, meaning that I need to establish my blood type sooner than later, just to make sure we don’t hit the Rhesus Negative type problem later on. This of course meant a trip to the pathologists on Saturday (and I must say I was quite impressed with the PathCare out here in Somerset West), where they drew a vial of blood with that awesome new vacuum needle/cartridge system of theirs.

I didn’t get a lollipop for being a good boy though :(

Finally, the funny or should that be disappointing news is that our 51% guess of Jessica turning out to be a little girl has only increased to a miserly 52% guess – it turns out that our baby is already giving off strong indications that she has inherited her father’s legendary stubbornness, literally refusing to turn around on her tummy despite all the ferocious prodding, poking and pushing, thereby denying the doctor and C from confirming as to whether or not our little bun in the oven is in fact a tollieman or not! :)

Needless to say, if little Jessica has indeed inherited my stubborn streak, then boy do I feel sorry for my wife already! ;)

The Coming Age of Aunties and Uncles My Life 14 MAY 2010

So for any of you who have not yet been informed (telephone account is going to be high this month!), Chantelle and I are delighted to announce that we are indeed four weeks pregnant, with the blood test having confirmed all this on Wednesday 13 May 2010.

(Wow, nice turnaround time PathCare!)

As I’ve mentioned before, we literally started trying for a child a month ago, meaning that no matter what happens from now henceforth, at least Chantelle and I now know that conceiving is simply no hassle for awesome people such as ourselves, which of course bodes well when we start planning for the second (and last) addition to our family later on in life – hey, got to get this first one out of the way first – unless it’s twins of course – which I’m rooting for by the way! :P)

Even better news than us being pregnant is that so far everyone is proving to be very supportive, from work to family and friends, which is a great relief for us. As Chantelle’s boss Louise says, “the timing couldn’t be any worse (the guest house’s busiest period is in January), but never mind that, we’re so happy for you!”.

Of course, with a whole heap of our friends circle being currently pregnant or having just given birth, it really is going to be a great time all around and something that I’m sure is going to knit our little circles that much tighter in the long run.

So in short, I’m happy. Very, very happy.

(Overjoyed I would go as far as saying. Even chuffed with myself if I must.)

And as far as Chantelle feels about the whole matter, well you guys can guess how she’s doing (but it won’t be a very hard guess, I assure you.)

So in eight months time, Chantelle will no longer have to borrow baby Zandea to feel like a mother! :)

Besides, now she really DOES have a legitimate reason to boss me around! ;)