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Cameron was looking a little yellow on Thursday so her ped had us go to a breastfeeding clinic called Healthy Beginnings where they have a scanner they can place on the baby's skin to get a preliminary reading. Her scan came back at 17.9 so her doc ordered bloodwork. Her bloodwork came back at 18 so they admitted us about 10:30pm Thursday night.
They placed an IV which is about the worst thing I have ever experienced as a parent. It took 4 nurses over an hour to place the IV because her veins were so fragile they kept blowing
She spent the night on triple therapy which meant spending the night in an incubator with a bili blanket light on her back, bili lights overhead and a bili spotlight focused on her liver.
They had done bloodwork at midnight which was also 18. By 6:00am her blood level had dropped to 15 and the pediatrician said if it dropped to under 13 at her 3:00pm blood draw she would send us home. At 3:00pm her level was only down to 14.2
At 7:00 pm I took her out of the incubator to nurse her after she had taken a 2 1/2 hour nap and her IV had blown while in her leg and all the fluids she'd been receiving had been spilling into the tissue of her leg instead of flowing through her veins. Her poor leg was really swollen. Luckily there didn't seem to be any circulation issues so they just removed the IV. Since she was already doing better and nursing well they did not need to place a new IV.
They did another blood draw at 9:30 last night and her level had come back down to 12.5 so they released us. Her leg has already started to return to normal size as her body has absorbed the fluid.
We are very glad to be home away from the IV's and heel pricks.
Wow, that seems pretty intense treatment. Erin was at a 20.5 and was only put on a bili blanket (granted it took her a week to get off the thing) and Patrick was at 17 and they didn't do any sort of light therapy. Part of me wishes I had your doctor, they would have gotten better a lot sooner!