The Frankenbaby Chronicles

Two girls, three cats, some frozen sperm, a doctor's office, and a big dream.

Friday, September 21, 2007

High Maintenance Baby

cute girl in the hood

I can't believe I have a High Maintenance Baby. I don't know how it happened; I am such a Low Maintenance Person. Especially from a medical standpoint. I go for my annual checkups and that's it, for the most part. When I was pregnant, it felt weird to go to the doctor so often. How did this happen?

I think it happened at conception. After all, how many ultrasounds did we have? And the subchorionic hemorrhage and the lost twin? And then the small size, small placenta, thin umbilical cord? Oy.

And now? Let's see. We started with the weight loss and dehydration from my lack of milk. So we had weeks of weight checks and appointments with Lactation Consultations, breastfeeding clinics, etc. And then the fall from the bed at three weeks and the PICU hell. And once the weight came back up, we dealt with reflux. And a med that didn't work. And a second med that DID work but that seemed to be giving her abdominal cramps. And a third med that seems to work and costs a bazillion dollars. And we STILL have the abdominal cramps.

Today we went to the pediatrician AGAIN. No, really, when I walked in the receptionist was actually all, "You again?" Yes, I have become THAT MOM with THAT KID. And why today? Because last Friday at her 2-month appointment, she had a little rash on her arm that looked like something rubbed her the wrong way. The pedi thought so, too. And today, it's been a week, it's still there just as dark as before, and there is MORE. It's all over her right arm. So I had to take her back. Again.

My pedi looked at it. She called in another pedi. Neither of them had any idea and now they want me to take her to a dermatologist. My two-month-old baby! *I* have never even been to a dermatologist!! (Then again, I'd never been in ICU or ridden in an ambulance before...)

She also suggested we try soy formula because of the weird shrieking and abdominal crunches that seem like stomach cramps. Am I a bad person for hoping that soy is the magic answer to the spitting up, the reflux, the rash, and the cramps? So that maybe I can take a break from doctors until the 4-month check-up?



Anonymous A said...

Awwwe, poor thing - I hope the soy does the trick. :-)

7:41 PM  
Blogger Kathryn - partner of Donna said...

Oh bless her - here's hoping the soy formula has the magic cure x

9:02 AM  
Blogger Lo said...

I hope so too. At least she is CUTE!!!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Married Lesbian Mom said...

I can so relate to this post! Jamesen has had one medical issue afetr another. Sure none of them have been "major", but still. We dealt with the reflux, his brachial plexus injury, meds., and now he is on Nutramigen (which has been a godsend!!). It will get better. BTW, Gus is so friggin cute! We will have to take you up on that offer to visit.

10:40 AM  
Blogger FosterMommy said...

Our 2nd foster babe would wake up every 30 minutes and scream like she'd had a nightmare. After the embarassing phone call to the doc, who had to inform us that 4 month olds can't have nightmares (i still don't believe it), we decided it was the milk formula. We switched her to soy and she was right as rain. And thusly the Easiest Baby Ever.

Here's hoping the magic works for you, too. (If not, I still have the wonderful goat milk formula recipe I could pass along from the days with The Most High Maintenance Baby Ever.)

9:48 PM  
Anonymous ~ danielle said...

heya... followed a link from your comment on 'the child side' (which ITA btw). Your post about soy had me thinking... when my Bub was wee, he had 'reflux' and was a crotchety little fella. Fast forward 4 years and Ms. Baby was born and she had horrible colic, screaming like she was being stabbed e.v.e.r.y. time she woke up. Finally I convinced my partner to take dairy out of her diet and voila, happy baby, no more blistering diaper rash, horray! Looking back, I should have taken it out of my diet when I Bub was wee, I'm sure it would have helped.

Hope the soy works for you/her and if you decide to continue nursing (even if it's just a couple times a day) you might want to take dairy out of your diet too. Sorry to jump in with assvice, just wanted to help if I could :)

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohh..I feel your pain. My 6 month old is currently getting over the whole reflux issue. He is on Alimentum, & was previously on Zantac (which didn't work), then Prevacid. Prevacid worked, but caused a nasty diarrhea called C-Diff...which is very contagious & very difficult to treat. Today he is med-free!

11:21 PM  

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