Yesterday early in the morning at 6:30am, I heard Kim’s mobile ringing. My heart skipped a beat. NO ONE WILL CALL SO EARLY IN THE MORNING! Intuitively, I knew it must be the hospital. Kim picked up the phone and I listened with trepidation at the side.
It is from the hospital. The nurse said that they have done a haemoglobin test on Ethen and found it to be on the lower end. Thus he was given a blood transfusion at 3am. We understand that premature babies might not be able to produce enough red blood cells necessary to bring adequate oxygen to the body. As such, they tend to require red blood cells transfusion.
This is already Ethen’s 3rd blood transfusion ever since birth. It is heart wrenching to see his hand inserted with a plug and tapped down. Personally having 5 iv drips done on me during my stay in the hospital, I know it can be painful and very uncomfortable. This is so for an adult; what more an infant less than 4 weeks old….
We are praying he will react well to the blood transfusion and do not require more in the future. The good news is Ethen is still gaining weight; at 1.74kg yesterday. 🙂