I was still very tired from the operation and not fully recover – body and soul. Therefore, I couldn’t control myself and cried while packing our stuff.
It was 4 pm and the guests were supposed to come by 4.30 pm. My hubby made a quick call to all of them and told about our situation. Except for my brother who was already approaching our house, all the others made a u-turn back upon hearing the news.
We headed to the emergency section of Hospital Sungai Buloh. I held my baby and was pushed on a wheel chair because I still couldn’t walk far (and fast enough).
By 6 pm, me and my baby were admitted into the NICU. I almost cry again when we passed through the critical unit of the NICU. Some babies in incubators were crying so intensely while some monitoring machines were beeping non-stop.
All these made me so very heart-broken.
My baby’s blood was taken again for testing the bilirubin level. Oh.. poor little baby.
I needed to be admitted together with my baby in a mother’s room (bilik ibu) whereby there was a bed for me to sleep. My baby was put in a wheel bassinet under a blue photo lamp just next to my bed.
I was taught how to do the phototheraphy session and was told to breastfeed often. Babies undergoing phototheraphy are easily dehydrate so mothers must breastfeed them at least once in 2 hours.
This is my first baby so I was still not confident in breastfeeding. Furthermore, my baby couldn’t latch properly and my milk was so little.
So, I was so afraid that I couldn’t go through the night alone taking care of my baby. That made my heart sunk.
There were other mothers with babies there. They also were required to take care of their babies themselves too. And, many babies that were put under the blue phototheraphy lamp were mostly crying.
My husband left and I tried to control myself but couldn’t help but cried my heart out.
Anyway, I undressed my lil’ baby and put her under the lamp. Her whole body especially the feet and hands shivered from cold. Argh… that made my heart sunk further.
After a few minutes under the lamp, a nurse came over. Guess what?
The latest blood test showed the jaundice of my baby was only 213 instead of 296. According to her, below 240 is not required to undergo the phototheraphy session. So, we were allowed to go back that night at 9.30 pm!
However, I was required to bring my baby to Klinik Kesihatan Sungai Buloh for bilirubin level test again the next monday (7th April 2008).
note: a paper cover is put on the eyes to protect from the blue light