I will be honest, I was really surprised that his bilirubin levels didn't go down quickly, after he started drinking the water. I think I was getting bilirubin confused with ammonia. The water machine makes water tha it myself.t is known to reduce ammonia levels. I saw a doctor on a video say that it lowers it, and I've seen this happen with many people who've gotten water machines. So, I couldn't help thinking, what is going on, here?? Why won't this guy's bilirubin levels come down??
Well, as you can see in my previous post, I learned that furosemide can elevate bilirubin levels (or at least, this makes it harder for the body to process and eliminate it). This guy I was trying to help, was very bloated due to the fact that the doctors felt that they could not do a paracentesis on him. They felt that he was at too high of a risk for bleeding. So they kept giving him furosemide, and this makes a person's bilirubin levels go up!!!
PLEASE SEE MY ORIGINAL POST ABOUT BILIRUBIN, BLUE LIGHTS, AND HOW FUROSEMIDE CAN INCREASE BILIRUBIN, BY CLICKING HERE.
On Monday evening, I was trying to find a place where Lisa could get blue lights to help her son reduce his bilirubin. I am about an hour and 15 minute drive from where her son is, at the hospital. I had a lot of work to do that evening, but I knew she was overwhelmed and busy and probably didn't want to leave the hospital because her son was so sick. So, I made some calls to see where she might be able to pick up blue lights. I called an aquarium store but they didn't have much in terms of blue light (just one that was kind of half blue, half white... which, who knows, might be even better but I'm just going for all-blue since that's what we know is given to jaundiced babies).
What I would REALLY like to be able to post a link for, is the BILIBLANKET. But these are not readily available to people... at least, you can't just go order one straight off amazon. You have to fill out a form.... just like I have to make people fill out a form, for the water, because it's medical equipment and you need to to talk to someone who can make sure you'll know how to use it. There's an interesting discussion on this page, where you can see the biliblanket really does seem to help lower bilirubin levels. But you'll see in the comments section, one person says sunlight works BETTER than a blue light. And I would NOT be surprised if this is true!! I found it a bit suspicious and odd that this guy I was trying to help, was in the hospital for weeks, and the doctors and nurses easily could have put his bed by the window... but they did not!
I called the Home Depot in her area (hoping she could have her daughter go pick them up) and I am not kidding, I was on the phone, on hold, for OVER AN HOUR, trying to reach someone who could tell me if they had blue lights. When I finally DID get ahold of someone, I was told that no, they don't seem to have the blue lights I was looking ofr. So lame.
I went into an Ace hardware store in my neighborhood, and saw these lights, which do not look like they would have the ability to "turn blue" because the glass part doesn't look blue at all.... but boy, did they ever emit some blue light!
The kid who works there is always super helpful, and he did some research on the store's computer to see if these are supposed to emit blue light... and sure enough.... they really do. I was looking for a wavelength in around the 450 nm range, because that's what's used for babies with jaundice in hospitals. Apparently, it seems that blue light in general is kind of the same across the board, in terms of the wavelength it delivers. He turned it on for me and I went WHOAH! Now that is some seriously strong blue light!!!
Stuff I bought this stuff from the hardware store...
The other thing I don't like, is that a person has to expose their skin to the light, and the hospital rooms can be cold. In my opinion, it's far better to use something that you could keep UNDER a blanket. Once again.... it is soo frustrating to me, that you can't just order a biliblanket on amazon. I don't get it. I even looked on Alibaba to see if maybe they sold something like that, but... no dice. I know I probably COULD order a biliblanket, but.... it just sounded like a hassle.
Well, I know this may sound a little nuts, but if it really is true that regular blue LED lights, like christmas tree lights, emit the same frequency as a large blue light, or a bilirubin blanket light... then wouldn't you be able to use a rope light, under a blanket, like this?
CLICK HERE (or on the pic) to see these rope lights on Amazon. They're UL approved, and have really good reviews! If I had a relative, I'd stitch these lights into a blanket and have them sleep with it at night. By the way, the big blue lights I bought from the hardware store were cool to the touch, so I'm not too concerned about something like this catching fire. I guess you have to weigh the odds of everything, and in my opinion, the odds of dying from extremely high bilirubin the doctors can't get down are 50-50. The odds of dying from a blanket catching fire are maybe one in a million. So I'd go with the lights!
CLICK HERE to see the rope lights (click on the pic for the blue ones when you're on the page).
I bought a bunch of these blankets from Costco and they are SOOOO cozy. They ran out, but you can still get them online from Amazon.
Bedsure Sherpa Throw Blanket Navy Blue 50"x60" Reversible Fuzzy Bed Throws Microfiber All Seasons Luxury Fluffy Blanket for Bed or Couch by
One thing I am trying to understand is, how it is that bilirubin is considered highly toxic, and yet, it is also an antioxidant.... in both forms - conjugated and unconjugated.
It appears that the blue lights do a good job of turning the bilirubin into the conjugated form, so it can be excreted in urine and feces.
I posted lots of articles and web pages I had scoured through, trying to figure out how to help this poor guy solve the bilirubin problem (sometimes I think of this blog as a big scrapbook where I can save articles and links for my own reference, and share it with others at the same time). I still don't have the answers, but feel like I am getting closer. I also want to do some more research on natural light and jaundice.
UPDATE: Oh... my.... God. OK so I just did a quick google search on this, and.... sure enough.... babies that were treated with NATURAL SUNLIGHT had a greater improvement, than babies that were treated with artificial sunlight!!!! So why they would keep this poor guy in a hospital bed AWAY FROM THE WINDOW is beyond me.... well, no... sadly, it's not beyond me. It makes perfect sense to me. As long as he didn't get better, then could charge him for another two weeks of hospitalizations.
You can see the article I read, here:
And I will copy and paste it at the bottom of this post, in case the link breaks or the article disappears.