Last August 31 (Sunday), we were staying at the Windflower Beach Boutique Hotel when my son’s fever spiked to 40 degrees Celsius at 5:30AM. Hubby and I took turns sleeping through the night making sure our youngest son didn’t experience convulsions. Prior to that, we already were armed with information where to bring our son in case the fever persists. And it did persist.
At that point, I felt our Independence Day weekend holiday was doomed.
Luckily, we brought our own car and driver and our Vietnamese nanny. We left my eldest son with my mom while we rushed to Dr. Dong’s Polyclinic across Seahorse Resort along Nguyen Dinh Chieu St. There were other hospitals too and our resort event offered to get the doctor instead. However, we felt that if immediate medication was needed, it would be better if we were in the clinic or hospital already.
At past 6 am, we arrived at the polyclinic were a nurse and resident doctor, Dr. Sinh immediately saw to our son. I don’t think the clinic have many children patients because my son had to be checked for temperature using a mercury thermometer. To be fair, a mercury thermometer is more accurate than its electronic counterparts — but having a feverish 16 month old wasn’t easy to distract with a thermometer stuck to his armpit. After establishing my son’s very high fever, they proceeded to give him a paracetamol suppository.
Afterwhich, Dr. Sinh methodically checked his heart rate, lungs, ears, and finally his throat. The culprit? My son had very red, swollen tonsils. Dr. Sinh prescribed us antibiotics (amoxicillin), paracetamol (Hapacol), and paracetamol suppository in case his fever spikes again.
By the way, we requested for a red invoice but it was so early in the morning and their accountant was not available. They however agreed to send via registered mail the invoice (which we received a few days after).
We decided to leave that same day for Ho Chi Minh City where we were nearer to my son’s usual hospital. It’s been two weeks since that very distressing experience and I really am grateful for the existence of Dr. Dong’s Polyclinic in Mui Ne. It is really good to know that there is a reliable clinic we can go to in case such emergencies happen. For emergencies outside their practice, they have an ambulance on standby.
We furnished a copy of the medical report to our pediatrician in FV Hospital so that she can confirm the diagnosis a couple of days after our visit to Dr. Dong’s Polyclinic. Our pediatrician was very much impressed with the professional report and was happy that my son on the day of his check up no longer had fever and was faring well.