Here is the detailed account of what we experienced with Adriah 1 year ago: (I will warn you that it is somewhat lengthy.)
Hospital Baby: The Whole Story
Written on Friday, August 3, 2012:
Rachel and her mom, Rhonda, were playing outside with the other kids, Christian, Selah, and Jadah, on Wednesday evening at Rhonda and Dwayne’s house in South Bend while Adriah was taking a nap inside. At about 8:15, Rachel finished putting Selah and Jadah to bed when she went to get Adriah, who had been sleeping completely quietly for over 2 hours. Adriah had been swaddled and laid down slightly on her side on the bed Rachel had been sleeping on while visiting her parents. When Rachel walked into the darkened room she could barely see, but what she saw frightened her. Adriah was laying on the bed with her face pressed tightly against the sheets of the bed. Rachel quickly grabbed her and brought her into the light. Rachel looked at a small face that had become distorted and wrinkled by the sheets and started praying that she was ok. “Are you alive little baby?” she thought to herself.
*Note from Rachel: “this was the worst moment of all. I don’t know how I would’ve reacted if the outcome had been different, but it was the scariest thing ever thinking that your child might really be dead in your arms.”
The next thought was almost as scary, wondering if she was going to be brain-dead or mentally impaired for the rest of her life. These are the thoughts that I have to push aside or else they would create fear of “what could have been”. We can’t dwell on those things, and I’m even more grateful for her life today.
Adriah was still breathing, but it was quickly evident that breathing was difficult and she was not acting at all like she normally does. Rachel quickly showed her to Rhonda, who decided that they should call 911. Christian, our 4 year old son, was still up and wanted to see his baby sister. Adriah looked bad enough that Rachel did not want him to see her in this state. She told Christian that Adriah wasn’t feeling very good and that he should pray for her. Our little boy said he was going to the bedroom to pray by himself, and within seconds Rachel could hear him praying out loud for his sister “baby Adriah.” We love his child-like faith and have no doubts that he knew God would save his sister.
Around this time, Rachel texted me, I was at home in Indianapolis, saying simply , “Pray for Adriah. Will call soon.” What is a father of a 7 week old baby supposed to think when he receives a text like that?!? I immediately called Rachel and she gave me a quick rundown of the situation and that the paramedics had just arrived. I began to pray and had to just sit there and wait for an update. Rachel soon called and said that all of Adriah’s levels seemed ok, but that she was still very lethargic and she was being taken to the
hospital. I got my things together quickly, and started the 3 hour drive to South Bend.
(There are many differing opinions about the pros and cons of Facebook, but there is a huge consensus among Christians about the power of prayer. We immediately posted some information about the situation so we could get the news out quickly and have people praying and interceding on the behalf of our little girl.)
Rachel and Adriah arrived at the ER where they tried to find a vein for an IV. But due to the recent experiences, her body had gotten “dehydrated”, basically sending all blood flow to the vital organs. They must have pricked her over 100 times (even on her scalp) before they decided to do an I.O… Intra-oscular. This is when they drill directly into a bone to get fluids into the body. Once that was successful and she was stabilized, they took her to the Pediatrics ICU.
This is where they drilled into her bone to get her hydrated.
Just after midnight, I arrived and waited with Rachel for the doctor to give a better description of the situation. He came in and described that they did all of their preliminary tests and found that her bicarbonate level was at a 6. For those of you in the medical field you realize the severity of this number, which we are now thankful we did not know at the time. The doctor simply told us that a normal level is 24 and they were working to get it up as quickly as possible. They were doing some blood cultures and were suspecting some type of infection, but wouldn’t get the results for another 48 hours. They put her on some general antibiotics for the time begin to fight off whatever type of infection she may have. He also emphasized that her lack of oxygen, as far as they could tell, had caused no neurological damage and was not the cause of any of her other symptoms.
Here’s what our little baby looked like in the hospital after she got all of her tubes out.
The last 36 hours she has been making improvements at regular intervals. Her levels are almost back to normal, the diarrhea has subsided, and she is eating well and keeping it down. The doctor told us this morning (Friday) that she should be able to go home this afternoon, but that quickly changed when a urine test came back and showed that she has GBS-Group B streptococcal septicemia.
GBS is a severe bacterial infection that affects newborns and can only be contracted through the birth canal. It slowly festers and sometimes will not show until 6-7 weeks, which is exactly what happened with Adriah. We then found out this afternoon that she also has rotavirus, which causes diarrhea and vomiting in infants that can lead to dehydration. The doctor’s actual words were, “It was
kind of a perfect storm that led to these conditions.” The rotavirus is less serious, but must still be treated with antibiotics.
We have been asking some very direct questions about her condition, and this morning our nurse laid out the answers. In short, their reports are using the word miracle to describe Adriah’s recovery. They were seconds away from putting her on a ventilator and were not sure if she would pull through. They told us that babies Adriah’s age that come into the hospital with bicarbonate levels that low are not supposed to survive. In hindsight, we’re thankful that we did not know the full severity of the situation at the time.
We are truly amazed and fascinated at the way the Lord works. From our perspective, Adriah falling asleep in that position and lacking oxygen for a period of time may have actually saved her life. It sent her little body into shock and allowed the infections to more heavily pronounce their symptoms. The doctors have told us that sometimes they do not discover that an infant ever had GBS until they have passed away during the night.
We praise and thank God for your prayers and words of encouragement. We truly believe that our little Adriah Faith is now living proof of the power of prayer—your prayers. We now have a sense of relief that she is alive, but more than that we have a great sense of joy and hope.We ask that as you continue to pray for her recovery, thank God for the joy He is giving us and the faith He is increasing through this experience.
Now as a family we pray that God not let us not be overwhelmed by the feelings of nearly losing a precious child of God, but let us be fully encouraged by the understanding that every day is a gift.
May we do our best to cherish every day we have been given and live out our faith with joy and thankfulness. May we learn to always rejoice in our circumstances and realize that God is always in control.
She makes us smile just by being her.
We feel so blessed to have this smiley girl in our lives!