Today has been a bummer day for my little Hannah. As you know we had "cooties" a few days ago. Well, we have all been feeling much better, but occasionally Hannah would act a little bit fussier than normal-no big deal...right?
Well, last night after finishing homework (at 1:00 a.m.) I went to check on my sweet pea, before going to bed. She was a mess in her crib-blanket a mess, wriggled over to the corner etc, I touched her to fix her and she was burning up (fever 103.3)! I gave her some tylenol, nursed her and she went right back to sleep.
At 4:00 I heard her whining in her crib the saddest little whine. She was burning up again. I did all the things you do when your kids are sick and Hannah and I fell asleep in the rocking chair (I must have been tired :). This fever trend continued all morning.
I took her to the pediatricians office at 10:15. I had convinced myself that she had an ear infection. She has never had a problem with ear infections but there were no other symptoms other than the fever. In fact when she woke up at 7:30, she was talking, smiling, and playing away. I didn't know what was going on but the fever made me nervous (it was still high, and would barely go down with Tylenol or Motrin).
Well, Hannah's ears looked great, so the MD wanted to check a urine and make sure she did not have a UTI. We will not go into the details of how the urine was collected but lets just say we both cried. Poor Hannah.
The urine was fine, so now what? The MD thinks Hannah might have roseola (a virus that causes a high fever and a rash)...how she got this I don't know (maybe the GYM daycare?) we will have to wait and see if the fever continues and if she develops a rash.
You would think the story ends here but this is were it goes from bad to worse. After Hannah was born (in the NICU) she had a little trouble keeping her hematocrit(HCT) up. For her first 3 months I was taking her in to get it checked once every 1-2 weeks. This problem finally resolved and all was well. At her 6 month check up her HCT was fine.
Well today, "since we were already there" and "just to make sure she was doing okay" the MD suggested checking Hannah's HCT. "Why not? My baby is already screaming her little head off from the urine episode..let's just go ahead and draw her blood now" (emphasis on sarcastic here)
Well the HCT was 9.0 and it is supposed to be at 11.0...so now we get to start the whole HCT checking again and labs for anemia and all that great stuff. I will also be feeding Hannah whatever iron rich foods she will tolerate and then she probably won't go poop for two weeks. Let the good times roll (emphasis on sarcastic here).
I feel like I took her in for one problem and just got a set of new problems thrown at us! This post is making me sound bad...believe me I am glad they checked it, I love our pediatrician-she is wonderful, and want to do what we need to do to make our little one healthy but I am sad for what Hannah will have to go through again!
So keep little Hannah in your thoughts and pray for high hematocrits!! Love you all!