GOSH! Great Ormand Street Hospital

Being totally honest, my first 2 experiences at GOSH were a complete and total nightmare. After the smoothness of everything at John Radcliffe Neonatal, the genuine brilliance of my local hospital and my GP making me laugh by asking if we were mystery shoppers… i genuinely expected wonderful things going to the world class Great…

Learning how to do Injections

Community Nursing. Here’s another one of those things I just did not appreciate existed. There are these lovely nurses out there who come to your house to support you with some of the things you either struggle with or don’t want to do – and by ‘don’t want to do’ I mean things like, giving…

The Winter Vomiting Bug

Or the ‘End of the World’ as it should be known. So 5.30am and I finally admit defeat,we’re not going to be making it to Oxford for Dominic’s surgery today. Fair play to me though, I made sure his last feed was before 4.30am, gave him some water, changed him, got him dressed, packed the…

´╗┐Hospital Bag

So… I now have a prepacked hospital bag, well 2… The amount of times we’ve ‘just been popping in’ and ended up hospital hostages is too many to count, and in an emergency we’re pretty good at picking up everything Dominic needs and completely useless at bringing anything for us. For Dominic: To be fair,…

From Grandma

´╗┐We knew the baby was going to be born with a kidney problem and mentally we had prepared for that. But little Dominic arrived early with a compromised airway, significantly more issues than was planned for and a very big fight on his hands.   So what do you do when you are the mum…

Resident Parents

Yes, that is what we are called. Informally, you get allocated this badge by either: Being held hostage in a children’s ward for longer than one night Had your 3rd+ open access admission Arrived in the ward after at least 2 sleepless nights which would give you the appropriate dress code, hair style and slightly demented…

Open Access

As we’re back again… One of the things that I had no idea existed, but that I am so incredibly grateful for, is open access to the paediatric ward at my local hospital.  Dominic is such a medically complicated baby that even the smallest thing (mild fever, any respitory distress, inconsolable crying) could indicate something……

999

So, last night was our first emergency 999 call. I’m writing this from the children’s ward roughly about 4 hours later where you would never know there was anything wrong with Dom by looking at him! (So, spoiler alert – we’re all fine :-)) 3.30am (isn’t it always? No one ever seems to have an…

Disagreeing with Doctors

I’m not advocating ignoring medical advice. We have accepted 99.9% of what we have been told. In fact we have only really stood our ground and refused something once (and we turned out to be right so it was all good anyway). However, I am not built to blindly accept everything I’m told and disagreeing…

Diagnoses

I think I should start this one with a preface of: I am a mother, not a medical professional – This is my understanding of all the medical terminology, symptoms, surgeries, blood chemistries etc.. If you are reading this as a medical professional and find something I haven’t explained very well; please let me know…

Coming Home

After becoming a parent and being completely and totally technically unable to look after your newborn for weeks – the prospect of going home should be quite scary. For me the reality was I wanted OUT OF THERE!!! I was absolutely desperate to go home with Dominic, my own house, my own kitchen with vegetables, my…

Surgeries so far

Firstly, I would like to say that out of the 5 times we signed the serious consent forms, I’ve only been able to be there when the porters took him away once. Somehow, watching them wheel him out in the transport (which looks like a space ship) is so much worse than saying goodbye and…