A Child’s Prayer

Faith was taking a bath and I was straining my back, hunched over the edge of the tub, trying to brush the tangles out of her hair. Josephine was standing right in front of me holding on to the edge of the tub and watching me struggle with Faith’s unruly hair. Jo was making it harder on me to brush Faith’s hair because she was right in my way and I had to lean over even further to reach Faith’s head. My back was killing me and I was grunting and groaning. Faith said she would pray for me. So she said, “Dear God, mommy’s back is hurting. Please make her hurry up.” Lol! I was thinking she would pray that God would take the pain away, but NO!

That girl…

Update on Jo’s UTI

I mentioned in my previous post that Josephine has a urinary tract infection.  She doesn’t have a fever.  The only noticeable symptoms were foul smelling urine and orange stains in a couple of her overnight diapers.  

 

This is why I took her to the pediatrician a few days ago.  Thank God I did.  They had to use a catheter to take a urine sample.  It came by positive for a UTI… and today I also found out that Jo’s urine culture came back positive for a bacteria called Klebsiella.  

From what I’ve read, it’s a superbug that can be resistant to many types of antibiotics.  Klebsiella is one of the top five bacteria involved in hospital-acquired infections, causing pneumonia, wound infections and urinary tract infections. (ABC Science)

Another source said, “Klebsiella [kleb−see−ell−uh] is a type of Gram-negative bacteria that can cause different types of healthcare-associated infections, including pneumonia, bloodstream infections (sepsis), wound or surgical site infections, and meningitis.” (CDC)

Those are some serious life-threatening complications!

Another source said, “The Gram-negative bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae is a major cause of nosocomial infections.”  Nonsocomial means,  “(of a disease) originating in a hospital.” 

So… this bacteria is usually hospital-acquired.  It’s considered a healthcare-associated infection.  Nonsocomial.  That must mean that my poor Josephine got this a few weeks ago when we took Faith to the emergency room to get stitches in her chin!

 

Or… she could have got it at the pediatrician’s office when we took Faith to get her stitches out?

 

It’s spread from person-to-person contact.  It’s not airborne.  The only thing I can think of is that I got the bacteria on my hands at the hospital or pediatrician’s office, and when I changed Jo’s diapers, the bacteria got on her which caused the UTI???   

I’m so upset. I’m so worried. From what I’ve read, this strain of bacteria is highly resistant to a wide variety of antibiotics.  I trust that her pediatrician chose the correct antibiotic for her.  He did say that klebsiella is sensitive to Cephalexin which is the antibiotic she is taking.  So that’s good.  My concern however is … what if it comes back after she finishes her course of antibiotics?   Her smelly urine is gone which is good.  I haven’t noticed any new orange stains in her diapers, either.  I’m still worried though.   What if these antibiotics are simply keeping her infection at bay, and when she finishes the course… the bacteria re-populate?  Couldn’t that happen with a resistant strain of bacteria?  

Like I said, she hasn’t had a fever.  But I wish I had known sooner!  I hate that she has had this bacteria growing inside her for WEEKS without me knowing!   

I have to call back the pediatrician and ask him if this infection could develop into pneumonia, sepsis or meningitis if the antibiotics don’t successfully eliminate the infection.

I know I am probably over-worrying and thinking about things that most likely will not happen.  But any mother would worry when this happens to a young baby, and not an older healthy adult.

Right now she is sleeping soundly.  

 

Jo is beginning to hate the taste of her antibiotics.  It was difficult for me to give her the full dose this morning.  She is refusing to open her mouth.  Please keep her in your prayers and pray she stops being so stubborn and takes her medicine for me!

Also please pray that this bacteria does NOT spread.  I am washing my hands after each diaper changing.  So will Aaron.  I don’t want Faith to somehow get this bacteria.  I pray none of us do. 

 

Jo is 11 Months Old

My sweet Josephine Ruth Carpenter is already 11 months old.  It feels like time has moved even more swiftly with her, than with Faith.  She keeps me busy… both of them do!  And before I knew it… almost a whole year has passed.

 

 

She has developed such a unique personality.  She is very empathetic.  The moment she hears Faith cry, she stops whatever she is doing and goes to comfort her.  However, Jo is extremely feisty, too!  She has a temper, and she likes to rough-house.  She smacks me in the face often, and finds it funny.  I can tell her “No.” til the cows come home, and she will keep on doing it.  BUT the moment I pretend to cry… she stops immediately and hugs me.  She looks up at me with big eyes and still holds me close until she sees me smile.  Oh goodness, that girl.

Her ultimate favorite song and video on Youtube is “Girls just wanna have fun” by Cyndi Lauper.  She has listened to that song thousands of times, and it NEVER gets old for her. 

Her favorite toys are her little plastic donkey, and baby dolls.  She hugs her baby dolls and pats their backs while she holds them.  It’s so adorable.  God has truly given her the gift of comfort and compassion toward others.  It’s amazing to watch such a little baby behave this way.  

She has learned to pull herself up all on her own now, but she is still not quite ready to take those first steps all on her own.  She only takes a step or two with help from Aaron or myself.

Last week I took Jo to her pediatrician.  She was having some orange stains in her diapers that I have never seen before.  

 

They needed a urine sample from her, and unfortunately they had to use a catheter to get it.  It tested positive for a urinary tract infection.  She is now on antibiotics.  Tomorrow I will find out the additional tests they’ve done on her urine.  They wanted to further check for any other bacterial growth that might be there.  

Children under 6 years of age (and especially babies) having a UTI is uncommon.  The pediatrician said that if a child has 2 UTI’s under 6 years of age, they have to see a urologist because it might be something more serious.  For example, something wrong with her kidneys.  Please pray that tomorrow’s test results show nothing of major concern, and that Josephine will heal completely from her infection.

 

Next month will be Jo’s very first birthday!  I am so excited to start preparations for her party!  My sweet Josephine :)