Wednesday, January 12, 2011
48 hours old
Maddie is doing better today. She continues to soften up from her injuries and gets a little more active each day. She is learning to eat and seems to be getting the hang of it. She has jaundice and is currently sporting some cool shades under her own little lamp for any time she isn't trying to nurse. She really seems to like it. We were not surprised that she has jaundice since she had such a rough delivery and her body is trying to figure out what to do with all of her bruising. Her jaundice levels should hit her peak tomorrow night so we will see how bad that looks and know how much longer she will need her lamp.
We do not know exactly when she will be able to go home yet because her white blood count is rising which indicates an infection and they time her discharge based on her antibiotics. It looks like she will go home in 7-10 days (we aren't sure if that's from start of her antibiotics at 3am Tuesday or if it is when she starts her new set tomorrow).
The really good news is she doesn't show any signs of permanent birth injury or trauma. She just needs to get her strength and energy up, learn to eat vigorously, and fight off any infections she may have.
I may get discharged tomorrow but Mark and I will probably be able to stay in a room at the hospital on our own so that I don't have to travel back and forth from home all day while still recovering from a c-section.