Last Monday Lydia spiked a fever of 102, so we took her to the ER. She was only 3 weeks old:(
They had to do all the usual tests for a fever in a newborn - spinal tap, blood culture, urinalysis, etc. plus abx for 48 hours:( It was horrible! Her fever lasted Monday - Friday when it finally broke. Cultures all came back negative for bacterial infection (yay!), but by Wed when she was still running 104 fever without tylenol (101 or so with it) they wanted to do more tests. So they took more blood, more urine, did an ultrasound on her head, swabbed her throat and rectum. Poor baby was already visibly in pain, and the tests made it that much worse (plus constant checking her temp rectally, putting a cold stethascope on her back and chest to check heart and resp rates), she was a mess, and so was I! She had no other symptoms besides fever and irritability (she is usually so happy!), and then a headache from the lumbar puncture:(
Her fever finally broke Friday and just as we were about to go home, a test for antibodies to toxoplasmosis came back positive. Her IgG titers were elevated which could mean one of two things; that she got antibodies from me from an infection I had previous to the pregnancy (which is likely since I grew up with cats, and have been really careful around litter and stuff since we got the cats we have now, even before I was preg), or she has congenital toxoplasmosis which can cause serious problems including blindness and neurological damage. So they needed to take MORE blood to test her IgA antibodies since those are more specific to if she has actually had an infection. They also did a CT scan of her head looking for brain calcifications.
We are home now (thank God!) and she's doing well, but we won't know the results of the test for days yet. She was seen by an eye doc yesterday and she said she sees no signs of toxo, so that's good.
Obviously we are praying the test results come back negative!
Whew! It's been a looong week!