Medical Records

Why I love my half-brained baby

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 | 6 comments

Why I love my half-brained baby

Praise be all parents who lovingly pack a hospital bag for their child knowing they will be wheeled into surgery the next day. On Sunday night, I packed up my daughter’s clothes and nappies and all the essentials — plus her Minnie Mouse pillow and treasured, baby blanket — for her hip surgery the following day. Finally, I packed her favourite toy, a monkey music toy. On the bottom, I wrote in big letters “Property of May”. Last time she had surgery, someone took her monkey toy and placed it in the black hole of the children’s toy room in the ward. I...

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800 seizures a day: our epilepsy story

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 | 3 comments

800 seizures a day: our epilepsy story

This week on the Firefly Garden, bloggers from around the world are sharing stories about their children and epilepsy. I suppose our story makes for pretty grim reading. But years later, with May’s seizures down to 1 to 2 a day and causing her very little distress, we feel it is a triumph. Here is the post and make sure to click on the links at the bottom to read other parents’ stories: My daughter, May, was born with a severe brain injury. She had seizures every day, from birth. She has taken, at various points, anti-seizure medications including Phenobarbital, vitamin B6...

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A toothy tale of incompetence and negligence

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 | 6 comments

A toothy tale of incompetence and negligence

May was just wheeled into surgery. I’m sat amongst the other parents awaiting our children’s fate. I’ve said it before, but praise be all parents who pack a bag for their child to take them – not on holiday – but to the hospital where someone will drug them and cut them open with a knife.  

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Retrieved from the post office today…

Posted on May 1, 2014 | 0 comments

Retrieved from the post office today…

Retrieved from the post office today: one package too large for the slot in my door addressed to May. A late birthday gift? No. Six nappies. May turned five a week ago. That is one year since she was eligible for free nappies (AKA diapers for my American friends). A year of nappies we have purchased for May, at our expense – and in return, SIX. Children in the UK who cannot be potty trained receive free nappies on the NHS once they turn four. And so, I find myself with six nappies. For the past year, I’ve been begging for… six nappies. I should add the package, which I...

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When there is no answer

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 | 5 comments

When there is no answer

A couple of weeks ago, a professor running a vision clinic drew my attention to my daughter’s eyes. Her beautiful, big eyes. “She has very large corneas,” he said. “Do you know what happened to May? Has she been seen by the geneticists?” She has. In fact, she’s had two MRIs, many brain scans of various types, three lumbar punctures to her spine, blood tests (hundreds?), genetic photographic testing (where they examine her facial features) along with tests for Strep-B, infection and vitamin deficiencies. They’ve revealed nothing. “How was your...

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