Back at the hospital
At the hospital
Originally uploaded by CreativeExile.
Looks like he's on a beach vacation, doesn't it?
The idea of scrapbooking Ben's return to the hospital -- for bililight treatment of serious jaundice -- helped me keep my sense of humor throught this ordeal.
He was very sluggish on Thursday, our first full day home, and when I noticed his eyes were yellow, we made an immediate appointment at the pediatricians.
Sure enough, his bilirubin level was 20 (15 is cause for treatment, 25 starts possible permanent damage), so we rushed him through ER Thursday night where they had a room waiting for him.
I was on my own Thursday night/Friday morning, as we didn't have overnight arrangments for Tess; Friday night/Saturday morning E was able to come in and help, that was a vast improvement for my own recovery.
We stayed all day Saturday as his level Saturday morning was still 13.9; it dropped to 11.1 by Saturday afternoon and we felt better about coming home.
The good news is, I had a wonderful day nurse on Friday who kept me on track with nursing, reminding me every 3 hours when it was time and generally keeping my spirits up.
She also taught me little tricks and tips for boys -- like folding over the top of their diaper so they don't pee right out of it, that boys nurse more "efficiently" than girls (so far, very true), that her own son hit a level of 22 and just graduated from high school 13th in his class.
So good to be home.