In celebration of Sunny's first birthday we are raising money for Children's Hospital Colorado. Most people don't know Sunny's full story or what she went through her first year, but know that she is the strongest more resilient little peanut out there.
Sunny was born January 19, 2017 at just 4lbs 10oz. Despite her small size, she only spent one extra day in the hospital. Right then we knew she was a fighter. When she was just 4 months old, the day after her 4 month vaccines she developed a low-grade fever, not uncommon with vaccines. After several calls to the doctor, her fever kept climbing. We brought her in to her PCP twice over the next 3 days, and twice to Childrens Hospital Urgent Care. On the third morning her fever spiked to 105.5 under her arm, and back we went to Urgent Care. I was not leaving without answers. Doctors kept telling me its a virus, I kept saying its something more. They finally agreed to do a spinal tap and blood cultures. The blood cultures came back positive for Group B Strep, the spinal tap came back positive for Bacterial Meningitis. Our world was completelely rocked by then news. We were taking by ambluance to Childrens Hospital Denver, when Sunny was admitted to the ICU. Despite the odds, she stayed stable through the night, and we were transferred to the regular floor the next day. The first few days were espeically awful, no one could tell us she was going to be ok. All I would ask is "is my daughter going to live", and hesitantly the doctors would choke out "yes". But Sunny is a fighter and immediately started responding to the antibiotics. We spent 21 days in the hosipital with her while she recieved IV antibiotics 4-6 times a day via a PICC line.
Two months later Sunny developed a fever, and being paranoid I rushed her to Children's Urgent Care. They again told me it was a virus. Two days later she stopped tracking with her eyes and wouldn't turn her head to the left. Back we went. Again we were taken to Children's Hospital via ambulance and admitted. After a litany of tests, they found out she had a blood clot that "showered" in her brain causing tiny strokes. The tracking with her eyes probably was seizure activity. Again, we were rocked. We spent 3 more days in the hospital while they tried to figure out what was happening.
To this day no one can tell us why the above happened to her, but I thank god every day she is ok and with us. I can not give enough credit to her team of doctors...Stroke Clinic, Neurology, Immunology, PT, OT, Opthamology, Infectious Diseases...without them and they're specialty knowledge her story might be different. Being at Children's Hospital is both the scariest thing as well as the most humbling. There are many sick kids there whose stories are different then Sunny's. In celebratoin of Sunny's 1st birthday we want to give back to the hospital that saved her life.
Thank you all in advance for your contribution.