Jaundice can cause lifelong issues. He was only one day old when his pediatrician walked into my room and expressed concern. She had been the pediatrician for my firstborn and now in keeping with family tradition, she was also my second child’s pediatrician.
She reported that his circumcision had gone well and he was a healthy boy with the exception of what appeared to be Jaundice. She could not tell me why he had it, how he may have contracted it or anything I may have done to cause him to have it. All she could tell me was he had it and she needed to keep taking blood samples for the next three weeks to see if it would clear on its own or if he would need additional treatment.
I was able to take him home after the three days, but had to return to the doctors office every day for the next three weeks and also had to have his blood taken once weekly at the hospital.
Over the next three weeks, the visits were regular and none were missed. He was growing and developing as a newborn should with no additional problems occurring. After the initial time period passed with all blood work performed and test results in, the doctor gave him a clean bill of health.
I took my baby home and from that day forward, he appeared to be growing normally with just the normal age related issues. I still wonder to this day what could have caused the Jaundice. I blame it on a problem with food poisoning. You never think an innocent visit to a Hardee’s could result in food poisoning.
However, one afternoon as I was leaving work, I was just too exhausted to cook. I asked my husband to pick up those fantastic Hardee’s Roast Beef sandwiches they sold in the ’80s. However, after eating one and then continuing on with my normal chores, I retired for the evening. Later that night, I awoke to one of the worst stomachaches ever. Being pregnant, it caused me major concern. I could tell the issue was also causing my baby some problems. As he seemed to be very uncomfortable and continuously moving.
I called my doctor, explained the symptoms and he asked what I had eaten. I also asked if there was anything he could give me, but he stated that the best thing to do is get the poison out of my system. So in order to do that, he did not want me to take anything other than maybe a sprite to ease the nausea.
That was the worst night of my pregnancy. I never ate a Hardee’s or any fast food for years after that episode. The draw of fast food is strong; however, you never know what you may be ingesting. And when pregnant, it’s best to be extra careful as this can and could definitely affect your baby.
After he was born, for years it appeared there was no problem. However, when he first began school we noticed the small issues with his speech. He had to have speech therapy for five months to correct the speech issues. Thank God for the excellent people at Baptist Hospital in the Speech Therapy Department. They worked with him consistently and finally, his speech was clear.