On 4th Admission and Baby Teeth

Yes, it’s Samantha. Admitted last Wednesday and was discharged on Monday.

We brought her for follow up on Wednesday but got held back because her lactate went up and her bi-carb (HCO3) was low which is not very good.  Doc wants to normalise her lactate and bicarb. Moreover, she had not been gaining weight.  We can sense that she’s not doing good from the way she behaves or reacts.  Whenever her lactate is high, she is more cranky, restless and breath harder.

Generally these are some of the things the doc will be looking at every time. Other than that are liver function, thyroid hormones and hematology.

Admit Discharge Reference Range
Lactate 15.7 mmol/L 9.6 mmol/L 0.2 – 2.2 mmol/L
pH 7.306 7.49 7.31 – 7.41
Bi-carb (HCO3) 9.5 mmol/L 19.5 mmol/L 18 – 23 mmol/L

So you can imagine the amount of blood drawn from her each time. I hate it when she needs to be admitted. They will come after her blood everyday. I now call them VAMPIRE.

She gained 200g in the hospital so now she is 3.8kg.  I guess I should not miss her night feeding.

On a happy note, both her lower central incisors has erupted.  That is fast! I am not expecting it because all her developments were delayed.  She’s going to be 6 months in another week’s time but she is still like a less-than-2 months old baby.

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  1. rachel says:

    Hey…she does not look like a 2month old…definitely older than that… and look at her chubby cheeks…

    Hope she is doing fine. My niece was tube fed until 2yo n today she is walking and running…

    ... on July September 18th, 2010
  2. Ann says:

    I am sure she will catch up in no time! And wow…tooth eruption already huh. That’s really fast!

    She is a lovely girl and I am sure she will do great in no time.

    ... on July September 20th, 2010
  3. prince n princess mum says:

    wah.. so fast the teeth come out d.

    ... on July September 20th, 2010
  4. chanelwong says:

    She is really catching up …
    Get well soon….

    ... on July September 20th, 2010
  5. andrewjune says:

    yes i do agree with rachel…she does not look like a 2 mth old baby ok…
    get well soon!

    ... on July September 21st, 2010
  6. mc says:

    poor baby girl! tell the vampires to go away!

    ... on July September 21st, 2010
  7. KittyCat says:

    I agree – she looks pretty good. Focus on her feeding and getting her weight up. I know I was obsessed with feeding her every 3 hours until she turned 6 months old.

    She was 2.3 kg at birth but now she’s hitting 8 kg at 10 months old. Slow and steady, ok?

    Don’t worry about her development – she’s a girl. She’ll catch up fast!

    I’m happy to hear you’re still breastfeeding. Keep it up – it’s really worth it.

    What causes the high lactate and the low bi-carb?

    I had hyperthyroid for many years thus I’m quite particular over what I eat in order to balance my throxine levels.

    You can call me a “health freak” because I read ingredient labels, bug doctors with questions, research like crazy i.e. basically an “I want to know everything about it” psycho 😉

    ... on July September 21st, 2010
  8. debbie says:

    don’t worry… as long as she is fine, that’s the best we had.

    ya…agreed with Kittycat, she is pretty especially her eye.

    ... on July September 24th, 2010
  9. Julie says:

    KittyCat – Her underlying illness (Mitochondrial Disease) causes high lactate and low bi-carb. No cure to this yet.

    ... on July September 26th, 2010
  10. agnes says:

    yea, agreed that she looks older than 2-month-old.. 🙂 can see the growing meat on her cheeks…

    ... on July September 27th, 2010
  11. Mery says:

    Hope ur girl is doing fine..

    ... on July September 30th, 2010
  12. KittyCat says:

    Hi Julie – I read up on mitochondrial disease at the UMDF. Sorry if you’ve had to explain it over and over again.

    You can direct other curious cats to this FAQ link:

    I’ll read up more on it, ok? I promise.

    God bless and I hope you’ll take comfort in this line, which helps me through the toughest days: “When someone closes a door here, God opens a window somewhere else…”

    ... on July October 2nd, 2010
  13. siew woei says:

    Keep praying for her.

    ... on July October 6th, 2010
  14. Paik Ling says:

    Hi, I’m dropping in (and definitely staying!) from Mamapumpkin’s blog. Samantha is a beautiful child and you are an extremely strong mother. My prayers and thoughts are with you ALL THE TIME (and so are many many others out there). I hope that you can draw strength from this thought.

    ... on July November 10th, 2010

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