Lovely has been doing fairly well for the last several days. It had been a big weight off my shoulders when Susan came back to Haiti and could take the responsibility for the nursery again.
Yesterday, Lovely was not doing as well. Her IV needed to be changed and she had no veins. I looked before church and tried to stick her and had not luck. I told the staff that I would try again after church.
In the late afternoon, I finally after sticking her 10 times, found a vein. Her veins were just very tiny and she had what we call “valves” and I couldn’t get past the valves without piercing the vein. Finally, I found one of my “special” IV catheters and I told the day nurses that this was my “magic” catheter and sure enough, I got in to a wonderful vein first try!
She doesn’t do well with any sort of stress. She stopped breathing after the trauma of being stuck so many times but only for a short time and then stabilized again. Then she stopped digesting the milk she was receiving later in the day and it had to be stopped.
At 1:15 AM, the staff came and told me that her stomach was big. It was hard and distended when I arrived in the nursery and her oxygen level was going down. She was still fighting and crying at that time. Susan and I worked on her until 2:40 AM when she died.
It about broke our hearts because she had survived for two weeks and was doing well! But these babies are just so fragile. It turned out also that she and mother have a blood disorder that I have tried to counsel mother about and also tried to persuade her not to have another baby real soon! She is only 18 years old and truly the size of a 12 year old!
I do not think mother completely understood just how ill Lovely was until last night. I woke her up and had her come and sit in the room with us. I wanted her there and to try to get her to understand the seriousness of the situation.
She and Lovely are on their way to their little village of Ti Tayen this morning. We sent mother off with prayers and hugs and we will pray that God gives comfort to this mother that has lost her first baby girl.
Lovely is in the arms of Jesus and I envy that because I so want her to still be in our arms!
Posted on Mon, February 28, 2011
by Dixie Bickel