Posts Tagged "nhs"

Upcoming hip surgery grrrr: Part II

Posted on Nov 23, 2014 | 0 comments

Upcoming hip surgery grrrr: Part II

It’s a universal truth that all parents want to receive as little information possible about their child being cut open and stitched back together. Right? Oh, joy. It’s surgery season. May will receive surgery on her hips this coming Monday. Previously, you may recall that the hospital was refusing to allow us to do her blood test at our local hospital. They relented, thankfully. What would have been hours in the car and pushing her across the length of a huge hospital when I am weak and my immune system is suppressed, turned into a 15 minute drive and 30 minutes in the hospital....

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What’s happening to May’s hips?

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 | 2 comments

What’s happening to May’s hips?

A year and a half ago, May had a major hip operation. She recovered well. There were some lingering issues — like she still crosses her legs and you can see one of the metal pieces holding her hip bone in place under her skin. Not nice and not ideal, but much better than the pain she had been in. Why did she need surgery at three years old? You probably shouldn’t read this if you are squeamish. In recent months, May has not been doing as well. At the time of her dental surgery, we suspected her pain wasn’t entirely in her mouth and that theory has been proven right. She can...

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Hello from me again! I’m STILL in Hospital Bed 1.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Hello from me again! I’m STILL in Hospital Bed 1.

And, I’ll probably be here for a good while longer. I’ve finished the chemotherapy, but the recovery can take three weeks or more. Chemotherapy is one of the strangest experiences a person can go through. First of all, I’m allowing people to poison me. Secondly, it is totally unpredictable. People respond very differently to treatments, and I respond different day-to-day. So, Day 2 for me was the worst and I expected each day of chemo to get worse from that point, but instead they got relatively better. Relatively. It still sucked. One thing that keeps me going through it...

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Hello from Bed 1 on the Hospital Ward

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 | 5 comments

Hello from Bed 1 on the Hospital Ward

Remember when that bastard Leukaemia moved back in? Well, now he’s kicked me out of my house and imprisoned me in the hospital. I’m trying to be pissed off and not completely crack up. Basically, what happened was the out-patient chemo they tried over the summer didn’t work. Apparently, that isn’t so unusual with that treatment. Plan B was always more intensive hospital treatment. Welcome to Plan B. I’ll have chemo this week. Then it will take about three more weeks before I’ve recovered enough to return home. After that, we hope I’ll be back in...

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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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