This evening Jeremy and I got a visit from a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist. The results of the Spinal Tap showed an elevated white blood cell count. The tested spinal fluid ended up having some blood in it, but even with the small amount of blood the specialist decided the white cell count was too high. They are still trying to find out exactly what the infection is, we are learning that some of these cultures and tests take time. They believe it is a Group B Strep infection (they know it is a strain of strep).
Group B strep is something they test pregnant women for. I was tested the day before my induction, however it takes 2 days for results so they were unsure at the time of labor if I had it. They treated me with Penicillin during the labor and delivery as a precaution. Preemie’s are more likely to get the strep when born if the mother has it due to their immune systems.
IF it is GBS (Group B Strep) then we are lucky that they have already started treating JD with anibiotics the first night he was born. If gone untreated or severe it could lead to many things from brain damage to death. The Specialist said that JD is doing well and he just wanted us to know all the details, pro’s and con’s.
What this means to us now is that JD will be in the NICU here for at least 14 days so that they can treat him. There are risks treating him with anibiotics for that long but it FAR out weighs the risks of the GBS.
I do have to add there is a chance it is not GBS, time will tell. This is just the most current information we have. JD is doing well despite all that is going on around him. He is still on lights for his Biliruben count being high but I get to feed him often and the nurses are really wonderful here at the NICU. It will be very hard to leave him tomorrow but we are SO blessed to live so close, I plan on spending a lot of time here if I can. No one wants to go home from the hospital without their child, but he’s our little Uno and I want what is the very best for him.
Here are two sites with information about GBS if you are interested: