In my previous post I talked about where Bella was given birth. Since the whole environment was not sterile Bella was infected. She was diagnosed with Neonatal Sepsis, the term that is very unfamiliar to me. The NNF Teaching Aids defined Neonatal Sepsis as a clinical syndrome of bacteremia with systemic signs and symptoms of infection in the first 4 weeks of life. I don't understand it either :).
|2 days old @ 11.21.11|
Bella was tested for Complete Blood Count daily within 3 consecutive days because her initial result was below normal due to infection and her platelet went as low as 21K/ul wherein the normal should be at 147-347K/ul. Her blood samples were also cultured to check if her bloodstream was infected. To cure her infection, Bella was given antibiotics for seven days.
On our 3rd day in the hospital, her doctor noticed that Bella's skin was becoming yellowish and that condition is called Jaundice. According to KidsHealth, jaundice is a common condition in newborns and it refers to the yellow color of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by excess bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is produced by the normal breakdown of red blood cells. Whatever that means, I am pretty sure that Bella needs further treatment.
|In her left foot is a heplock -used for her antibiotics injection|
Though Jaundice can be considered normal to newborn babies, I can't help but worry seeing Bella so helpless with all of those treatments. Bella's doctor has ordered to let her undergo Phototherapy. It is a light treatment wherein a phototherapy light is use to eliminate bilirubin in the blood. These light waves are absorbed by the baby's skin and blood and change bilirubin into products, which can pass through their system (credits to UM Mott Children's Hospital).
The Phototherapy treatment lasted until the day we were discharged from the hospital. It was a 24/7 treatment and the only rest was during bathing and diaper changes. Thank God, Bella is strong enough to surpass all those treatments not to mention the antibiotics she's taking three times daily and the several times of blood sampling which made her cry her heart out. By the way, she's supposed to have Urinalysis but we weren't able to get her urine samples for the nth time of trying so her doctor decided to just let it pass.
|Bella with the Photo Lights On|
We were allowed to go home the day the last shot of antibiotics were given. It was the day my nephew Yoshi chose to celebrate his first birthday to also welcome Bella in the family. It was an emotional moment for me thinking that finally I can say that my little girl is now safe. By the way, her new born screening result is all within normal limits. I thank the Lord for giving Bella a strong heart to get over all those challenges. Our little bundle of joy is indeed a big warrior of life.