Am so stressed and tired right now, a very quick recap of our day, but mostly just unloading my brain about how much it sucks to worry about your baby and frustrations with the health care system…
7:30: Wake up to nurse Aiden after a rough night of sleep – he wasn’t particularly fussy or anything, but just a string of circumstances that resulted in me being mostly awake from about 3:30 – 5:30 a.m.
8:15: Get out of bed, start getting Jane ready for preschool.
***Awesome Parenting Tip – if you’re signing your kid up for preschool, make sure to get in the same class as a friend or neighbor so you can swap pickup/drop off. The 2.5 hours they’re in school results in barely any free time for you if you have to get smaller children ready (especially in winter) and leave the house twice!
9:20: Our friends pick Jane up to go to school.
9:20 – 11:45: The awesome part of my day! It already seems like forever ago! Nurse Aiden and get him to sleep, take a shower, eat breakfast and drink coffee in peace while catching up on bills/computer stuff/etc…
11:45 – 12:45: Preschool pickup, dropping off my friend’s kid at her house, chatting with friend…
As soon as we got home, this home visit nurse calls me. I had called yesterday wondering if she could stop by and take a quick look at Aiden to make sure he didn’t have jaundice. He had zero when he was born and at his 2 week visit our doc said he might have a touch and to keep an eye out. For the past week or so it was in the back of my mind and I couldn’t really tell if he looked yellow under his baby acne or if I was being paranoid…
1:00: She stops by and said yes he looks yellow, even a little in his eyes, take him into urgent care right away.
<insert the beginning of freaking out wondering if my baby will have brain damage>
2:00 – 4:30: Urgent Care! They do the blood test and his bili levels are “elevated but not extraordinarily high” except that the doctor seems super confused and says she can’t understand why he would become jaundiced at this point. She says she can’t recommend what to do because she doesn’t know if it has gotten better or worse in the past 2 weeks (but I assume worse, because our doc didn’t say anything two weeks ago??). So she refers us back to our regular doc and says to try and see her right away tomorrow.
So I’m super frustrated at having no answers, and if I can barely remember what happened/what he looked like at the visit 2 weeks ago, how will our doc remember, when all she wrote in his chart (we called) was “no” under jaundice? And why is this happening now and is it getting worse and will I have to interrupt breastfeeding?
4:30: Get home and park Jane in front of the tv (she skipped her nap due to the urgent care…) while I eat and talk on the phone and arrange child care for tomorrow a.m. (we got an appointment at 9:30… unfortunately I had some really fun plans starting at 10:30 but think I can still work it out…)
6:00: Nathan gets home, takes Jane to return library books and stop for a few things at the co-op because I’m obviously fried.
7:00: I write this, hope I will get decent sleep tonight and good news tomorrow morning!
***Edit, 9:00: Researching on the internet has actually made me less freaked out about the whole thing. Time to have a beer, watch an episode of House Hunters on Netflix, and go to sleep.
Can you blame me for worrying about this little (yellow) peanut?