Sierra is in the NICU

Filed under: delivery/labor,doctor — by Lauren on December 7th, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

Everything is fine, or will be, so we’ve been told.

They just took Sierra to the NICU.  Because my water broke between 31 1/2 and 33 hours before I delivered and I had a temperature of 103.4 degrees right after she was born, our pediatrician ordered some precautionary blood work for her after examining her this morning, even though she looks great.  Her white cell count came back at 41,000, where normal is around 28,000, and one other test showed signs of inflammation.  She is not running a fever, but the neonatologist who reviewed her results wants her admitted for at least 48 hours for IV antibiotics and more blood work.

Lex went with her while they get her set up.  I am not being discharged until tomorrow morning, so I have to stay here until then, although we’ve been assured that once she is settled I can go to see her as often as I’d like and whenever she needs to be fed.  After I’m discharged tomorrow we will be able to stay here in one of the hospitality suites until she is released.  

Everyone we’ve spoken to keeps saying that she will be fine, that there are two scenarios that can play out here – she gets antibiotics and she has an actual infection OR she gets antibiotics and there was no infection – and in either case, she’s more than okay.  That’s wonderful news, but I’d be lying if I said that I was anything other than hysterical right now.  Please, think good thoughts, say a prayer, meditate – whatever it is you do in these circumstances – that our baby is going to be okay.

7 Responses to “Sierra is in the NICU”

  1. Erica Says:

    I will keep all of you in my thoughts!!

  2. Amnesty Says:

    I’m sure she will be fine in no time! And I’m glad they are still having you feed her while she’s there. Mama milk is better than antibiotics any day 🙂

  3. Aunt Melanie (twice now) Says:

    In our family, we know that through sickness we always prevail. Sierra will be fine and if she’s anything like her awesome Mom and Dad, then nothing will stop her from getting healthy and being a happy, smart, beautiful little girl, just like her big sister! I love you all!

  4. Dana & Jake Says:

    We are thinking lots of positive thoughts for you, and can’t wait to hear a happy update soon. Lex, all of your girls look beautiful in the pictures below. Looking forward to meeting Sierra soon!

  5. Saina, Braiden & Noah Says:

    So sorry that Sierra had to go in the NICU… I’ll be praying! Noah was in the NICU right after birth for 48 hrs, for possible infection as well. He got antibiotics, but when the tests came back, there was no infection after all.

    Sending hugs, I know it was rough, being exhausted after giving birth and then being worried and sleep deprived to boot. I was in the NICU a lot, and was able to go in and nurse Noah as well.

    I’ll be thinking about you! Hope you get some rest as well.

  6. Sumaya Says:

    Dear Lauren – Sierra is fine. Its good to found out and looks like they are keeping her for precaution. Better safe right? Take care of yourself and don’t be stressed.

  7. Beth Says:

    Lauren and Lex,
    I’m sending my love and know that everything will be OK. This is just to be careful, and that’s what you want. She is beautiful and what a pretty name! Congratulations