Easter didn’t go as planned

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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.

Headphones are great so you can block out the beeping machines and not wake anyone up and these are great for the little ones.

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!

Thanks for reading my blog, and I look forward to seeing you all on QVC soon. We have some amazing new fashion brands coming to the channel. I can’t’ tell but I know you’re gonna love them.

Don’t forget I’m on with Gok on Friday 3rd May at 8pm! My favourite show of the month! Please add me on twitter or Instagram so you can message in the show. Twitter @alexkramer and Insta @alexkramertv

Lots of love
Alex xx

19 Comments

  1. jennifer cann May 1, 2019 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    so pleased your daughter is okay, it must have been frightening not just for your daughter but you and your family as well

    • Alex Kramer May 4, 2019 at 10:20 am -  Reply

      Thanks Jennifer, yes it was pretty scary but our nhs is amazing. Xx

  2. Linda May 1, 2019 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Glad you’re daughter is getting better hope all of you are ok

    • Alex Kramer May 4, 2019 at 10:21 am -  Reply

      Thanks linda, she’s back to herself now 👍🏻 Xx

  3. Anne Lewis May 2, 2019 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    I remember staying with each of my parents as they died in hospital and little things like slippers and a fluffy robe are so comforting. Glad everything worked out for you and hope no lasting effectes. Love to all!

    • Alex Kramer May 4, 2019 at 10:22 am -  Reply

      Anne I’m so sorry to hear that, that must’ve been so tough. I’m sure they were so grateful you were there. Big hug. Have a lovely bank holiday weekend xxx

  4. Liz Mccallum May 2, 2019 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Oh Alex, I am so sorry that your little daughter Izzy went through this. And it must have been very upsetting and scary for you all. I am of course so pleased Izzy fine now. Bless her heart. 😊 Best wishes, Liz Mccallum.

  5. Liz mccallum May 2, 2019 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Oh yes Alex – I meant to say –
    thank you for telling us all as I just emailed my daughter, whose has young children like you and warned her. I can now see why it would get lodged in the throat because of its shape. Poor Izzy. 😔Take care , Liz. 😊

    • Alex Kramer May 4, 2019 at 10:25 am -  Reply

      Hi Liz. Well done for passing on the message. I think it should have a ‘not suitable for children’ or ‘choking hazard’ label on. Kids shive too much food in their mouths and don’t chew and that pasta forms exactly the right shape to bloke their throat. Anyway thankfully she’s all ok now. Thanks for your kind message. Have a lovely weekend xx

  6. Daniella Turner May 2, 2019 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    So glad your daughter is recovering well, very scary for all of you :(. Best wishes, D x

    • Alex Kramer May 4, 2019 at 10:26 am -  Reply

      Thank you! She’s fine now and back to herself. We are off to a trampoline party full of 6 year old girls now 🙈 god help me! 😂 have a lovely weekend xx

  7. Antoinette Browne May 3, 2019 at 8:41 am -  Reply

    Hi ALex, I am so happy to hear your daughter is ok. God bless you and your family. Antoinette x

    • alex kramer August 6, 2019 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

      Thank you so much xx

  8. Erica Deighton May 4, 2019 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alex, really sorry to hear about your daughter Izzy (we have a cat of the same name!) – but glad to hear she has made a full recovery. It must have been a very worrying time for you and your family.

    I was watching you present the Lulu Guinness show with Katy Pemberton the other evening and I noticed she was wearing a lovely hummingbird or kingfisher style ring. I thought it might have been a Butler & Wilson design but after checking on QVC website I couldn’t see it. Would you mind asking Katy where she bought it when you next see her? I would be very grateful.

    Best wishes,
    Erica

  9. Theresa May 5, 2019 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    Sorry to hear your daughter had to stay in hospital and she is now okay and she is home. Your right, you try to stay brave but eventualy you shed a tear, I think it’s because you cant do anything for your children. Love seeing you in QVC, take care x

  10. M Weir May 7, 2019 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Omg ! Thank you for making us aware of pasta shapes . I will chop up these when feeding to my sweet grandchildren . Too frightening .

  11. Kathryn Stewart May 8, 2019 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    So glad to hear all is well now.. the pasta wouldn’t show on an ordinary X-ray as it’s not radiopaque! Sure you would like to thank the radiographers who helped in diagnosing and showing the blockage was on the way down! More to hospitals than doctors and nurses lol x

  12. Liz mccallum May 8, 2019 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Yes Alex, I totally agree about the pasta needing to have
    a warning. My daughter has now notified my 18 month old granddaughter’s nursery. That’s how these stories get out, so thank you for telling us. 👍. Best wishes, Liz. X

  13. Alison Peacock May 10, 2019 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Glad you daughter is now fully recovered. Best wishes. xx

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