Saturday, 30 April 2016
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
My pal has twin nieces and we were chatting about them at school today. Sophie and Olivia are 8 on Tuesday and as a special treat they got tickets to see Little Mix.
Olivia has had more than 25 operations in her little life including a kidney transplant in 2013 and just recently a major spinal surgery and she has done it all with courage, grace and a smile on her face
But the docotrs have told her she is not well enough following her recent surgery to attend the concert! Devastated doesn't come close for poor Olivia, she is such a huge fan of Little Mix and has been ooking forward to this for ages, its been the thing she has focused on through her recent surgery.
Her Mam wants to do anything she an to help her daughters feel better and she would love if Little Mix could help her
So lovely Little Mix lasses if there is anything you can do to cheer up amazing Olivia then the folk of Shields and the bloggers of the North East would be mighty mighty grateful.
Sunday, 10 April 2016
By morning I knew she wasn't right, she wouldn't eat anything at breakfast not even the freshly prepared waffle with Nutella which is her favourite. I called our GP to say we were heading back from Manchester and could they squeeze us in. I'll be honest with her reaction to the mosquito bites which were swollen and raised I was worried she had an infection in her system. We couldn't be seen until 4pm and when we got to the doctors there was much concern that we had recently travelled, that she had bites and that her heart rate was 162, Her breathing slower than normal with her oxygen levels at 94 and her temperature at 40.9 he sent us straight to our Paediatric Emergency Department.
Normally there'd be a short wait in this department but we were seen within minutes and taken straight to a bed for monitoring,
|She did not enjoy the regular BP , Oxygen and Temperature checks|
As peanut can't have ibuprofen she was given more paracetamol but her temperature was not coming down. I asked the nurses if we could maybe speak to a doctor about the benefits of ibuprofen outweighing the risk of an allergic reaction but nobody was very keen and so we kept pushing fluids and monitoring her stats. All of her numbers were still not great and then she started vomiting and I won't lie, I said may prayers and I begged my poor lethargic girl to get better.
She slept a bit and because we have no children's ward any more (ooh that is a whole other rant though) there is no space for parents to sleep like there would be on a ward. I really didn't care as I had no plans to sleep but the nurses brought me a cushion and sheet insistent that I try to make myself comfortable.
|My makeshift bed for the night!|
|Peanuts little corner of the ward|
We still didn't know quite what was causing the sky high temperature. Thankfully her heart rate came back into normal range and her BP was a nice healthy figure within a few hours but her oxygen remained at 94/95 and her temperature remained high. Finally at midnight we saw another doctor who stated tonsillitis and agreed that as Peanut was in a safe place and had only had minor previosus reactions to Ibuprofen and not anyphylactic ones that we really had no other choice but to try Ibuprofen and keep a close eye for a reaction, we would follow that up with antibiotics and see how we improved. Our nightshift Doctor was calm, polite, eager to listen, keen to ensure I understood everything and really very lovely. So she had the ibuprofen and we waited and watched....MAN ALIVE within an hour we were back normal temperature, normal breathing BP and oxygen! She even asked for a Smarties mini egg so I knew we had turned a corner.
I never in a million years thought a simple (or so I thought) thing like Tonsillitis could make someone as sick as my poor girl was, she had me worried sick and even the nurses said she was a concern (that's when you know its time to worry!) The importance and value of our NHS should never ever be underestimated. If this had happened one day earlier we would have been in a Greek hospital paying for every single bit of our treatment, admittedly we have a cracking insurance policy because my travel training keeps with me the cost of repatriating sick people and I will never travel without a decent policy. But the cost and the horror of being stuck away from home with a sick baby (yes yes I know shes 7!) is not even worth thinking about right now. I'm counting my blessings that she is home and slowly on the mend (and I'm not talking about how the other two have caught the bug as well!!!!)
|Cuddles and blankets for us|
Saturday, 2 April 2016
Aimed at age 5 and above these were a great hit in our house and I can see them taking off much like Trash Packs or Shopkins, prices start at £2.99 for a surprise pack and go up to £24.99 for the big playset.
Heres what Team Monkeyfeet thought....
Friday, 1 April 2016
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