Wednesday, August 5, 2009

What a Day...

Yesterday around 5:30pm I noticed that Chana had a bizarre rash (which is called Petechia, and if you read the wikipedia on it you'll probably have a heart attack like I just nearly did...) Anyway, I had never seen this kind of rash before and didn't know what it was called, so I called the Pediatrician. The doctor told me to come on in and have it looked at. So I ran my butt over to the doctor's office, and it was now nearly 7pm. They took a look at it and said "go over to Children's Hospital because it could be something serious and we want it looked at". Greeeeat. So I rushed her to Children's ER, where they took a blood test (it took them several sticks, because she's so chunky, and finally they got an IV line in her arm). They also did a lumbar puncture to take a look at her spinal fluid. So far her blood looks fine, except for an elevated white blood cell count, and her spinal fluid looks good too. But, they cannot definitively say that it's all good until 48 hours have passed. They need to rule out a bacterial infection, and the tests for that take 2 days. But let me tell you, you NEVER want to hear the word
"meningitis" come out of a doctor's mouth...NEVER. I mean just thinking of it makes you want to pass out. *shiver* Yeah, that sucked.

Anyway, as of now Chana does not have a fever or any other signs of being ill other than elevated white blood cells and this funny rash. The doctors believe it's probably a virus, but they have her on antibiotics, and she'll be under observation until all the tests come back. *sigh* So not fun at all. For all of you Jewish types out there, her name is Chana Brocha bas Elana Miriam if you would like to daven for her to have a refuah sheleyma.

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8 comments:

McNew Family said...

Goodness - how scary!!!! Yes, a full recovery is what that sweetie (and her mama!) needs! Keep us posted!

A Few Good Sperm said...

Wow, very scary. I hope she has a quick recovery!

jenn said...

I'm so sorry you & Chana have to go through this! I know first hand just how scary it is to hear 'rule out meningitis' and 'spinal tap' when referring to your precious babe!
I am praying for good 48 hour cultures & a swift recovery!

areyoukiddingme said...

I hope that nothing else shows up in these 48 hours, and that she will be home and well soon.

Cassandra said...

Hope that everything resolves swiftly and that she can join her brother at home soon!

Amanda said...
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Amanda said...

Wow, I hope your baby is okay. It is so, so scary to have a little one in the hospital, especially when you don't know what's wrong :(. We have been there. I hope she is all better soon.

Here from LFCA.

JJ said...

Thinking of you and your daughter as she recovers!