Diabetes Diary

Kelsey's diary about living life with type 1 diabetes.

Monday, January 28, 2008

A Little Scare...

Here are a few pictures of our little one. Looks pretty healthy huh? Except, she's not a huge fan of baths yet... we're working on it!

The day after I last posted, Sienna gave us a little scare. Around 7:00 p.m. I noticed some swelling below her right eye. We kept an eye on it for about 20 minutes and it seemed to be getting redder and more swollen. Since it was late, we took her to the pediatric urgent care center. Luckily, because of her young age, they let us wait in a private waiting room, so she didn't have to be exposed to all the germy kids at urgent care! The pediatrician sent us over to the ER at Children's Hospital because she was able to squeeze some puss from Sienna's eye. They don't take any chances with infections in newborns! At the ER, they did a full septic work-up on her... again, taking every precaution because of her young age.What a long and terrible night! Dennis and I sat helplessly as they took four attempts to get an IV in and then had to get some fluid from her spine to test for any serious infections. Sienna put up quite a fight! She peed and pooped on the poor nurse who tried to get a urine sample! One nurse who had to hold her down during the spinal test said she could barely hold her still. She's incredibly strong! In the end, it turned out just to be a little eye infection. She likely had a clogged tear duct that became infected. Must run in the family, both my brother and I had clogged tear ducts as infants. Apparently it's a fairly common thing. We spent that first night in the hospital ER and finally got transferred to our own room at 5:00 a.m. We then spent one more night, while they gave Sienna antibiotics through her IV and waited for the culture of her eye puss to come back from the lab. Happily, she's made a full recovery and is just taking an antibiotic twice daily. She loves it! It's strawberry flavored and she gulps it down :) Anyway, this whole experience was a little unnerving, but ultimately everything is fine. It's nice to know that we've got such amazing medical care here in San Diego. Children's Hospital really, really impressed me!


  • At 12:11 PM, Blogger Scott K. Johnson said…

    Adorable pictures.

    My son had a "clogged" tear duct when he was little too.

    Sounds like quite an ordeal that you & Dennis went through - but as you say, better to be safe and check everything.

  • At 3:04 PM, Blogger Colleen said…

    Those midnight trips to the ER with an infant are not fun. Glad to hear all is okay. Gee, she really is a cutie!


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