There is nothing harder than seeing your newborn baby sick in the hospital. Constantly watching her hooked up to so many machines and being poked, prodded and tested on. She has given more blood in the last 24 hours than I have in my entire life, I swear. Now I know that she is in the best care possible and that the tests are only to find out exactly what’s wrong with her. But IT IS TOUGH!!
After getting a scary call from our midwife yesterday, we rushed Ezri to the hospital because her bilirubin (the cause of jaundice) levels were abnormally high. We were rushed past emergency and sent directly to the NICU. They put her under the UV lights almost immediately. Thank goodness her levels have fallen drastically in the last 24 hours. We’re hoping they continue to go down. However, they found something else wrong while testing. Her platlet count was dangerously low at 15. Normal is mid 200s. After some IV concoction and many more tests, her platelet levels have risen significantly. Almost to normal. However, we don’t exactly know what caused it. It might have something to do with my blood type and her blood type attacking each other. The doctors have been throwing around lots of words like antibodies and antigens and I’m trying to understand but it is hard to process everything. The more I hear things repeated, the better I am understanding what could be wrong with my little girl.
It was most scary in the beginning because they were talking about blood switching because of the jaundice and a platlets transfusion because of the low levels. Both of which were somewhat major procedures for a newborn. Really hoping we don’t have to venture into that territory again.
So please keep our little girl in your thoughts and prayers and hope she continues to improve and we can take her home in a few days. Whew. Talk about being thrown into this motherhood thing with a bang, eh! My poor baby girl.
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