20 September 2017, by Mandy Loh

When it rains, look for rainbows!

It’s been a harrowing few weeks, to say the least.

After waiting for 2 weeks for the repainting and minor works to be completed in our flat, we were finally able to move into our new home!

However, a whole series of unfortunate events accompanied this momentous occasion. It was a classic case of Murphy’s law, where “anything that can go wrong will go wrong”, AND at the worst possible times!

First of all, I developed a severe bacterial infection on my hands. I probably got it when I brought the kids swimming one weekend. I had a small blister/ cut on my finger that day, but I didn’t think much of it. Unfortunately, it was probably this blister or cut that got infected in the pool water. 🙁

The fateful swim...that caused my troubles!

The fateful swim…

By the next evening, terrible blisters had erupted all over both my hands! It was really horrible, and they were so painful that I could not use my hands to do anything at all. I felt totally handicapped…and really, what a time for this to happen – when I had to unpack all our things!

We went to a skin specialist who diagnosed it as not one, but TWO bacterial infections at the same time! I was prescribed two different rounds of antibiotics and both my hands got bandaged up. It looked quite strange and people around me were giving me puzzled looks and asking what had happened.

Looking like a burn victim, or some muay thai exponent!

Looking like a burn victim, or some muay thai exponent!

The very next day, Caris came down with a fever…and ended up with a swollen right eye for reasons unbeknownst to us. The doctor couldn’t figure it out either! Perhaps it was triggered by dust at the new home…

She's got a swollen right eye, but it doesn't stop her from wanting to wear a pretty dress!

She’s got a swollen right eye, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to wear a pretty dress!

And as if that wasn’t enough, Tim fell ill with fever right after that! Misery just loves company…

We took things easy for the next few days, and things seemed to settle down.

But early the next week, guess what happened? I got rear-ended by a taxi on the expressway! Thankfully nobody was injured, and the car bumpers were the only victims.

It was just a minor bump, but the impact managed to tear both vehicles' bumpers!

It was just a minor bump, but the impact managed to tear up both vehicles’ bumpers!

Cracked front bumper of the cab that collided into me

Cracked front bumper of the cab that collided into me

By this time, I was floored. What was happening? Life was just getting way too overwhelming!

But you know what? When it rains, look for rainbows. That’s the eternal optimist in me, refusing to be defeated. When life gets you down, GET RIGHT BACK UP!

I made plans to go out and have fun, and as it was the September holidays, there was lots of fun to be had!

We went to the Star Wars “Experience the Force” event at ION Orchard, where the kids could become Padawans/ Jedi-in-training. SOO cute!

Photo courtesy of Star Wars "Experience the Force" official website

Photo courtesy of Star Wars “Experience the Force” website, “Padawan Training Gallery”

We also checked out the Lego Ninjago event at Plaza Singapura, where Cristan could build his very own “Mech” creation and bring it home, along with a free mini-figure! So awesome!

Concentrating hard on his creation

Concentrating hard on his creation

Caris was too young to join the "challenges" but she had fun with the free play Lego stations!

Caris was too young to join the “challenges” but she had fun with the free play Lego stations!

And to end off the week on a high (literally), we went to Sentosa to take advantage of the free cable car rides promotion!

Life is still sweet when surrounded by these lovelies!

Life is still sweet when surrounded by these lovelies!

But here’s the best part. The nicest and brightest rainbow I discovered during this storm, was my darling hubby, who really stepped up when I was feeling distressed and handicapped by my inability to use my hands. He bathed the kids, settled whatever needed to be settled, and helped bandage up my hands every morning. Guess there IS a silver lining to every dark cloud!

Hubby and I just celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary!

Hubby and I, celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary just this month!

Well, I’m really hoping the spate of unfortunate events has come to an end, and that things will get better from here! Crossing my fingers and toes!

Posted on : September 20, 2017

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2 Comments

Mandy Loh

Mandy

September 30th, 2017 at 11:45 pm    


Hi Ming,
Thank you so much for dropping a comment, and it’s so encouraging to know that you’ve been following my blog all the way from 2011! It means a lot to me to know that you enjoy reading my blog!

Jia you! It’s not easy when the kiddos fall ill often. I know how tough it is…remember to get enough rest yourself! Hope the little ones get better soon!

Cheers and big hugs to you and all fellow mommies out there!

Ming

September 29th, 2017 at 10:55 am    


*Hugs* Jia you fellow mummy. My kids were born in the same years as yours, 2011 and 2014. I followed ur posts since 2011, abt u dropping ur son while on the phone guilt, when I was feeling I depressed and lost as a new mum. To the days ur first born went to school, the many times he was ill until u was drained, ur unfortunate miscarriage when trying for no. 2, how u wished for no. 3 (I wished too), abt the concert of ur son being a different character as u etc.

Thank you for being honest with ur feelings and posts, u was always expressing them very aptly with words. Reading ur blog kept me sane.

Recently I am feeling very depressed because my no.1 was always ill and got replaced to perform in the front row and as an emcee. I tried Sambucol, essential oil, probiotics etc but did not seem to help. I admire ur positiveness and how u coped with 2 kids without a helper.

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