29 October 2015

Gardens by the Bay

Where's a good haze hideout?

Cloud Forest! I suddenly craved for the fresh mist-filled air at the icy cool conservatory at Gardens by the Bay

With Vera and helper in tow, I picked my 95 year old grandma and headed there. 

Just for 5 minutes of standing at the foot of the man-made waterfall. (5 minutes cos any longer we'd probably catch a cold.)

Young and old enjoyed the spray from the falls. After the Gardens opened 2 years ago, this is the first time Vera has seen it.

It was great to see my grandmother excitedly pointing out flowers all along the way. She'd ask to pose next to them too.










Respironics Amara Petite


The smallest full face mask out there is still too big for Vera. : ( 

Mask search goes on. 

15 October 2015

Aqua Girl

With her awesome teacher Sab

Vera loves the water. I've posted countless times about her in the pool because each session is such an unforgettable experience for me. 

It's when she really comes alive. I see her at her best, moving the most.

I've even put her in a sporty swimsuit now. Indulging perhaps, in dreams of Vera, my little para-olympian.

Eye Infection and High Fever


 Finally finding the time to blog about what's been happening in the past few months. 

After enjoying July, Vera came down with an eye infection in August. With the onset of the yearly haze, we were hardly surprised. 

Daen had a bout of high fever, then Vera went on to have high fever. 

Three days of above 39 deg Celcius, so off to the hospital we went. 


Blood in her secretions, either from inflammation or suctioning.

Makeshift headgear straps
In our haste, we always forget something. This time it was headgear straps. 




Vera stayed in hospital for 5 days.

And the day she got discharged, I developed an eye infection. It was so bad I was out of action for more than a week. 

At the same time, Ian fell very sick. He seldom does. 

Whenever Vera is warded, the frequent trips to the hospital can really run us down.

For Vera, boutsof illnesses are usually followed by diarrhea. Triggered by antibiotic usage of course. 

We had to stop feeds and put her on rice water for an entire week to rest her gut. 

All this while, the choking haze from Indonesia robbed us of fresh air and we were holed up indoors. Fearing respiratory issues, Vera stayed strictly at home. 

So September was rough, but we're okay now.