Hello, and happy Easter! Apologies for the silence, but things took a bit of a turn when we got back from our hols. As you may or may not know, Scott and I visited Mexico. It was brilliant and we came back lovely and relaxed.
We had gone without the kids so when we got back we wanted to do something lovely with them so we took a boat out on the Norfolk Broads and visited the seals! We had a great time.. although sleeping on a boat is cold!
The kids were back to school on Tuesday and enjoyed their first day back, but for dinner I gave them a new pasta shape – conchiglie – they’re round shell-shaped. Unfortunately things thing took a very serious turn for the worse.
One piece of pasta got lodged in Izzy’s throat and wouldn’t shift. Everything she was trying to eat or drink she just kept vomiting up. We went to Barnet Hospital Paediatric A&E, where we waited six hours to be seen. She had an x-ray and we were placed on the ward where she was given an IV as wasn’t able to retain any fluids. She wasn’t in any pain, although she was telling me her heart hurt from being sick so much which as you can imagine broke mine.
In the morning we had another type of x-ray done which still showed the blockage and we were sent across to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital via ambulance for her to have a procedure to remove it. We spent another night in hospital and in the morning had a further x-ray again to check what was happening before the procedure, and thankfully it showed that it had been dislodged. Probably from all the vomiting. She was an absolute hero about it all. So brave and so good.
It was an exhausting and emotional time and I’d like to thank all the doctors and nurses who helped and supported us, and a lovely mum who was sat opposite us on the ward at Chelsea, who had a little boy called Josh, who gave me a big hug when my bottom lip wobbled and I had a bit of a cry.
We are very relieved that everything has worked out well and the ordeal is now over, but whilst I was in the hospital it really got me thinking that it’s just no fun! And I know it’s not meant to be, but there are ways that you could possibly make someone’s time there nicer. Or if like us you’re going to a hospital far from your family, maybe there are some bits you can take with you to keep your spirits up.
The iPad was a massive saviour for us, Izzy played games and watched cartoons. I also watched some programmes when she was asleep. Go for the largest storage the budget allows as this means you can download lots of programmes to take with you so you’re not relying on the hospital Wi-Fi.
I obviously hadn’t planned to be in hospital for three days, nearly three nights and so was in pretty much the same clothes to sleep in and wear… stinky! Ha! Some soft comfy clothes like this cowl neck top from Modern Soul, would’ve been lovely or some of their soft joggers.
The sheets there are crisp and clean and the blankets are warm but thin. Taking in your own pillow or blanket would make you feel more relaxed. Or a lovely dressing gown helps to keep you snug and fresh.
And you’ll definitely want slippers, for when you want to stretch your legs or nip to the loo. This set comes with toiletries. The hospital very kindly had some shampoo sachets and a comb for me to bathe Izzy, but getting someone a lovely smelling set, helps take away that clinical feel. These are lovely too, I find that my skin gets very dry in hospital as it’s often very warm.
And your food options are limited normally to an expensive coffee shop – so taking in some treats will always be well received, and whilst we all love grapes, we love these more 😉
So once again apologies for being away, but life got a bit mad there for a moment, but I’m back now and back in the game!
I haven’t even said a huge congratulations to Susan Sappa who was the winner of my This Works competition. I hope you’ve been enjoying your set!
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