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Admitting Blake into Hospital for Jaundice

April 14, 2012

Blake returned to the hospital, five days after he was born, for a check up. His pediatrician, Dr. Yip, said he had a case of jaundice but a blood test was required to determine if Blake had to be hospitalized for treatment.

Sean held onto Blake when the nurse was preparing to draw blood out of our little boy. Only one of us was allowed to be with Blake, so I waited outside. According to Sean, the nurse drew blood from the heel of Blake’s foot. The minute the needle entered, Blake struggled and cried.

An hour later, when the results were out, we were told that Blake had to undergo treatment for 20+ hours at the hospital, and we were not allowed stay. All infants are placed in one big nursery where nurses looked after them. We had no choice but to leave our baby’s side for one night.

After we admitted Blake into the hospital, we left for lunch and headed home to rest.

Immediately after dinner, we went to the hospital again to visit our little boy. We only had two hours with him before he had to return to the nursery for his treatment.

Blake scratched himself badly throughout the entire UV treatment. He had to be stripped down to just diaper, so his hands were free to roam and scratch himself. It broke our hearts to see his face covered with bloodied scratches!

Two hours passed way too quickly. The nurse came to tell us that he had to return for his treatment. She said if everything goes well, we will be able to bring Blake home the very next morning!

I wasn’t able to sleep well that night, and woke up early the next morning, waiting for the hospital to call. When the call finally came, I rushed out of the house to pick my baby up.

While waiting for the nurse to process his papers for discharge, I changed him into the clothes I brought from home, while he laid asleep.

Blake still had a bit of jaundice when we left the hospital, but it was in the safe zone. It cleared up on its own eventually 🙂

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