Wednesday, December 27, 2006

You Wouldn't Believe It

Here is my darling wee Sian on her first day in the world:

And here she is at about 2 weeks:

And in hospital at nearly 3 weeks old with a drip in her arm:

Yes - hospital! My 4 and a half weeks since Sian has been born have been full of drama. At first I got a huge haemorrhoid, and I am talking the size of a nectarine. If it wasn't for that I would have had a pretty good first two weeks. Then colic hit in and Phoebe got quite sick with a chesty cold. I was running on the reserves of energy. Sian started having seizures. They would last from a minute to five minutes and consisted of her limbs jerking violently and her respiration rate going up quite high. Then her temperature started to go up and down all over the place. I felt something was different and took her to the doctor on the Tuesday, 2 days before she turned 3 weeks. He was concerned and sent us to hospital to get some blood tests. Everything went topsy turvey. Drs were convinced that they had to rule out all the nasties as she had a few symptoms of meningitis and encephalities etc so they did a lumbar puncture!! It was bloody hideous and they took 3 goes to get it right. Blair thought he would be up to handling it but left the room crying in a matter of seconds. I have never felt more useless. We ended up in hospital for four days while they tested her on every possible thing and put her on three different IV antibiotics. Policy with newborns is to treat first and find results later. Things just happen too quickly with that age group and they have to err on the side of caution. You can imagine by the time I got home both Blair and I were exhausted. Finally got diagnosed as having benign neonatal sleep myoclonus, which is a sleep seizure thing that about 1 in 30 newborns can have. Should go by about 3 months but have to have some more blood tests etc to rule out epilepsy in about another month.

Had been home five days and I woke with a bit of heartburn sort of pain at 3am in the morning. It went after an hour so I thought nothing of it. At 3pm the next day I was rushing around trying to get two young uns in the car in the pouring rain to pick up kids from school when I started to get pain again. Took a mylanta and then headed off to school. Pain got worse and worse just below my breast bone and was stabbing into my back and radiating out in both directions. I started to panic on the way back home that I was dying! Stopped at my doctors surgery in handicap park and went into surgery and started to cry to receptionist. Kids were surrounding me in consulting room as I had an ECG to check whether I was having a heart attack. I wasn't, thank god!! Blair arrived and took kids and they waited for pain to ebb. It didn't. Ended up in hospital on morphine with suspected gallstones. They ultrasounded and found no gallstones so I ended up bunking in with Sian for another two nights in hosptial while they ran more tests and then on the Friday morning they did a gastroscopy, where they put camera into stomach to see if any ulcers or inflammation. All a bit horrible but nothing showed up and I haven't had any pain since. My guess is that I passed a gallstone and that is why they didn't see one on the ultrasound. So I got out of hospital 3 days before Christmas and had a mad rush to get organised.

So, my friends, that is why I have not posted. But, I am back.


Anonymous said...

OMG girl you have had a rough time..... hope things settle for you now. Have a great New Year :):).

Anonymous said...

OMG Honey what a rough trot. I hope and pray after such a rough start things go very smoothly from here on in.

Anonymous said...

Oh Jules, what a rotten start to wee Sian's life! Fingers crossed that things get better from here on in for all of you!


Kim said...

And here I was whinging about all the problems I had for the first 2 weeks after Caitlyn was born but watching your poor little girl go thru all of that must have been awful.

I'm glad things are looking better and hope you ended up having a good Christmas at least.

Fiona said...

that was some roller coaster that you were on and i hope you dont get back on ever again.
My sister had a little girl on friday morning come and visit for pic


Sandra said...

You have to make things eventful, don't you?

Seriously, hope it all calms down now and you can settle into motherhood again.

Nice to hear from you again,
Take care!


Anonymous said...

My special thought for you for 2007? Lots of calm, serene days and peaceful nights!

Anonymous said...

Sian is just absolutely beautiful by the way!

I can't believe the rough time you've had! Gosh. I hope that 2007 brings you all you wish for, and at some point, some sleep!

Anonymous said...

Just Stopped by to wish you and your family a year full of joy and success, health and prosperity! Happy New Year! xox

Anonymous said...

wowee matey hope it all calms to a nicer pace for you, you lil bub is just adorable. Take care
Mel xx

Anonymous said...

Oh my! I guess being in the hospital with your newborn is an acceptable reason not to post. :(

Sian is beautiful and I'm so glad she's okay. That goes for both of you!

Wish I had something funny to say, but those types of things aren't funny at all. They're scary and I hope you are all holding up mentally!

Anonymous said...

Far out!! You poor bugger, no wonder we ain't heard from you. Sound like gallstones to me, I had em really bad and ended up having me gallbladder out, so I know the feeling! You think you're gunna die eh! HOpe all settles down for you now mate, and enjoy bubby.

Anonymous said...

i hope everything is all better now!!

she is so cute!!!COngrats


Anonymous said...

I've recently moved house and haven't checked in for a while, i'm so sorry to hear that little Sian had such a rough start. Hope you had a fabulous Christmas and 2007 holds everything you wish for.

Rachel said...

Sian is beautiful, thanks for the photo's.

How horrible for the wee poppet having to go through all that AND then you getting that horrible pain. I also have had my gallbladder removed but suffered for 5 years with gallstone attacks and it sounds just like you described.....ouch!

Hope things have now settled down and Sian's sleep seizures have started to decrease.

Emily said...

Holy sh1tsticks lovely lady, I hope you are both much, much better!!

Happy new year, and welcome again to lovely Sian. What a dramatic start to life the wee dot has had.

Anonymous said...

Holy Moly!!! you really have had a run of it. I hope 07 Has started much better for you!

CaramelKitKat said...

Aww, Sian's too cute! Is it pronounced Sharn?

Hope you and yours have a great 2007.