- Thu, Jun 25, 2009 /
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Yesterday was Mia''s one month checkup / next red blood cell count check. The doctor said she looks good, despite the anemia. Her red blood cell counts continue to drop, and next Thursday we have an appointment at Children''s Memorial Hospital in Chicago to meet with the hematologist that has been overseeing her case since birth. This is more of a precautionary measure; all babies are anemic to some extent after birth. However, what we assume is that primarily due to the blood incompatibility issue at birth [per our pediatrician, the B / O incompatibility is the worst scenario], her red blood counts continue to drop, and most babies ''bottom out'' at 4 - 6 weeks of age. So we''re hoping that in the next 2 weeks she''ll hit her low, and then her body will realize what it''s supposed to be doing [i.e., making more red blood cells than it has been] and kick it in gear. So we''ll meet with the doctor next week, they''ll check her levels, and then we''ll find out the plan of action from there. The doctor has said that there should not be any long term effects from this, nor is it a precursor to something else major going on, just a result of the blood incompatibility. So we''ll see how things go with the hematologist.
We''re also fighting some potential milk allergy issues. The pediatrician put her on a special formula almost 2 weeks ago, but we''re not seeing much progress in terms of the crying / belly aches / misery the poor little thing has been going through. She''s also on reflux medicine as of last Friday, and we have seen a little progress related to that, but overall, she''s just not happy unless she''s being held upright, and has several periods throughout the day where she cries this pitiful cry that sounds like she is in pain.
She prefers to be swaddled up, legs tucked in tight, and when we''re lucky,she''ll sleep in the baby papasan chair, her head turned up to snuggle on the pillow-like part. She has a little bit of a cold, probably due to her brothers kissing her all the time, and they both have had runny noses the past week. For about a week and a half, she would cry for 2 hours at night, straight, no relief. We''ve had a few good nights ina row, though last night was another round of the 2 hours of crying. Our pediatrician is calling the GI doctor to discuss what she thinks are signs of the milk allergy (and we agree, based on our experiences with Jacob). The next step, if no improvements are seen by Sunday, is the same special formula that Jake was on, for severe food / milk allergies. HOpefully, if that is the case, Mia''s allergy is like Jake''s was, and she''ll outgrow it. Regardless, we just want our baby to not be so uncomfortable, and for her to have one week with no doctor appointments and not getting her poor little foot poked to draw blood. No fun at all!