July 3, 2009


Leiah's illness went from bad to worse, which is why I've been away. She started feeling better, but then yesterday she had the same fever, lethargy and lots of bloody diarrhea. I was awaiting test results from the culture the doctor did from her diaper, but she started really bleeding a lot, so we went to the ER.

Turns out she contracted a bacterial infection called campylofacter- a common parasite/bacteria that is apparently the leading cause of diarrhea in developed countries. It generally goes away on its own, but young children sometimes need help with antibiotics. She was not dehydrated so we were able to go home. All we do is give medicine and push fluids.

We think it was from the waterpark we went to. For one it was indoor, so there's no sun the kill bacterias. Another she was constantly putting the water in her mouth for fun. We know it can't be from any food we ate because no one else has been sick. It hasn't been as bad as it could be since we know a little something about killing bacteria with herbs and probiotics, plus our prayers. Still, it's very scary to see blood dripping across the floor from your little girl.

So, today thankfully my husband is off work, and we will be doing the major housecleaning I've been neglecting for a few weeks and focus on getting Miss Leiah well. We plan to have a happy 4th of July tomorrow and will NOT be going to any lakes or pools :) We'll be buying one I guess for the backyard :)

For now, it's time for a cup of coffee and whipping up some pancakes with freshly picked blueberries. Maybe that will appeal to my little one's appetite. Happy Friday all!


His Tender Mercies said...

I'm glad the Dr. figured out what was going on. I try to avoid indoor play places becuase it's so easy to pick up germs. I use to go to an outdoor waterpark that was right near my home but stopped after I witnessed something pretty yucky.

There was a little girl around 4 or 5 in the water....I didn't see a parent around that she seemed to belong to....no one was watching her. The little girl had diarrhea and it was getting into the water.

Needless to say...I stopped going.

~Bren~ said...

OMGoodness. I am so glad she is ok. My 9 month old granddaughter has had diarreah for several days and we had her at an indoor water park last week!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that your little girl is getting better.

Mrs J said...

It's brilliant to hear your little miss is on the mend. You and yours are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!