We have a new grand little! It’s a girl! Do you remember I told you the newest grand little was due to be delivered this past Friday 4/21? Well, she was, but not completely according to plan.
Since she was scheduled to be born via C-section, her mother had her last doctors appointment on Thursday. Well, at that appointment her blood pressure was elevated, her feet were swollen as big as my head, and the hospital wasn’t packed; so they decided they would deliver her Thursday night…..everyone rushed to get things done and head off to the hospital to await the arrival. Well, you know, it didn’t happen that way.
During the couple of hours before she had to be at the hospital, apparently half the town decided to go into labor, and the labor and delivery unit started filling up fast. After, being admitted, prepped, and several hours of sitting there, the doctor determined that moms BP had stabilized, and there was no reason not to wait until Friday as planned. So, by the time they put her in a room and everyone got their game plan on for Friday and headed home it was after 11:00pm! We headed home to try for a few hours sleep.
We reassembled at the hospital on Friday morning to await the big event! At 10:00am Miss Caterina Faith, made her grand entrance, weighing in at 8’10” and 19.75 inches long!
Isn’t she adorable?
Later that day it was determined that her blood sugar was low and after several testings she was moved to the NICU, to try to determine the cause and to bring it back up. It has come up, with IV glucose therapy, but once she is taken off it starts going right back down. This is something that can be just a minor transitioning issue to being VERY serious and potentially life threatening. It has been said they have ruled those out, but I’m not sure, I’ve spent many years in health care and don’t trust the system or most doctors any farther than I can throw them! And then there is just something about “we’ve tested for everything”, “there is no reason”, “this is a normal occurrence”, and “we are starting to rule things out” that just makes me think; they haven’t checked for “everything” yet…..but what do I know? Apparently, they say, that they have determined it isn’t diabetes or an infection. They think it is just because she is a big baby. Maybe. I sure hope and pray so. But in the meantime….
I have told mom and dad, they need to ask “specific” questions and take notes! Sadly, in this day and age you have to CYA, first. They need to know you are asking, researching, documenting, and not just blindly trusting what you are being told. Most doctors hate it when you turn to Dr. Google, but it’s definitely in your best interest to be as informed as possible. Yes, you can scare yourself silly, but you can also know what to ask! And being specific is important.
As of now she will remain in the NICU until she can be weaned off the supplemental glucose and her blood sugar levels remain above 50 for 9-12 hours. If you are so inclined; please take a moment to say a prayer, send good thoughts, or mojo. Whatever you can do, would be greatly appreciated.
Have any of you or anyone you know, experienced this? If so, how long did it take to straighten out? Was it just a “routine” this happened or were there underlying causes? Please take a moment and let me know. I will certainly keep you updated on Miss Caterina’s progress.
Until the next time