Originally Posted by Cuddlemama
Anna's bili level today was 19.4....definately not moving in the right direction. We're back on the bili blanket, which means I won't be posting much since the computer is in a separate room from our bed/rocking chair and we only have about a 3 foot radius with the bili blanket cord.
Tomorrow we return to the hospital for more extensive bloodwork. They're going to start probing for the reason her bili refuses to go down. The doctor mentioned a liver panel, cbc bloodtest and something called a retic count.
Leigh..a liver panel will be checking liver function. Sometimes if the liver is not functioning at top level, the bili is hard for the baby to get down. A cbc is just a full blood count, I am surprised they haven't done that yet. They will look at the amount of white blood cells, red bolood cells and the platelets. A retic count is the amount of new red blood cells. Basically, they are covering bases. Ask them to send the blood out for a blood smear test as well. That will check the shape and formation of the blood cells. They will eventually want to do that, and that way the baby won't need another blood draw. Sometimes if the blood cells are shaped "funny", the body has to work harder to use them properly, which leads to more blood "waste" and that can lead to higher bili counts.
Of course, I am simplyfying things. Bridget has a blood disorder that caused her to ahve bili problems, but like I told you earlier, hers was MUCH higher than Anna's, and she was FINE after about a month of this hell. SHe is a normal, healthy 3 year old. If this doesn't start looking better, I would take Anna to a childrens hosp that has a pediatric hematology department. WHere do you live??
As for the PPD, yeah, it will probably hit you hard. It took about 8 months to hit me, but Bridget had tons of other health issues not related to the bili. Just get through each day one at a time. Don't look to tomorrow or what has to be done next week. Just do today. And please ask for help. Call your church, your playgroups, family, anyone that can help you. You will need it to focus on what you have to do. Anytime you need anything, PM me. If you want, I can PM you my phone number and if you have any questions you can call me. I have been there, and I have a lot of info if you want it....