Archive | August, 2013

Home and giggling

28 Aug

We are home! Tilda tolerated her feed really well with no gagging or vomiting so we were able to leave hospital yesterday afternoon.

She is definitely feeling better and I was so happy to see her smiling and even more delighted to hear her giggling which she did all afternoon! She particularly liked going in the maxi taxi!

She had a good nights sleep and we are on the mend. No school for the rest of the week though.

Miss Maggie is also on the mend. Her fever has gone and she is back to herself. A big thanks to Grandma and Grandpa for looking after her yesterday. And thank you to all for the well wishes for Simon, his exam went well.




27 Aug

Tilda has done well overnight. She has tolerated some gastrolyte after an earlier vomit and has got some colour back in her cheeks. We will try a feed later this morning and see how she goes but things certainly on the improve. She has also been able to tolerate her meds so seizure activity has decreased.

Simon was home with the Magster who was up quite a lot but her fever seems to also be better.

Better days! Please spare a thought for Simon as he has an exam this afternoon, I think he could use the positive vibes after the last couple of days!

At the hospital

25 Aug

We returned yesterday from a really fun few days away with some friends. We lingered longer in Yarrawonga! Logistically, travelling any distance with Tilda and Maggie is not such an easy task but I like to believe it is worth it. And mostly it is.

Unfortunately, since our return, Maggie has developed her first fever and Tilda has had some vomiting and diarrhoea so it has been quite the homecoming. Tilda has not quite been 100% over the last week or so. There has been an increase in seizures and we are not seeing the smiles that we love. The earlier rash was not chicken pox and cleared up very quickly but something else was clearly brewing. This morning there was some more vomiting and diarrhoea as well as a fever so into hospital we came.

The suspicion is gastro and we are currently in emergency waiting for blood results. The other concern is the increase in seizures. With her meds not being kept down, the bloods will let us know whether they are at a therapeutic level at all. We will be staying here tonight definitely and just see how she goes.

Maggie’s fever is likely to just be a cold. She has a runny nose and is pretty grumpy although still trying to beam whenever she can.

Not a fun time but we are in the right place and they are doing all they can do. We will keep you posted.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

7 Aug

There is an episode of Dora that always makes my heart sink when I hear it start. Dora and Boots are off one of their many adventures, this time to explore all the different jobs they could do when they grow up. And throughout it all, Dora asks her audience again and again, in her rather grating shouty voice, what do YOU want to be when you grow up?

I wonder how much Tilda understands.

I want to shout back to that annoying explorer. I wouldn’t care what she wanted to be just as long as she was here. And healthy. And happy. The three h’s for parents. I heard someone say recently that as a parent, you are only as happy as your unhappiest child. I think there is some truth in that. I am grateful to have 2 of the h’s at the moment. She is here and and she is happy. She shows me this day after day with her beautiful smile and delectable laugh.

Healthy? No. And today we have another ailment to add to the mix. A rash has appeared on her chest. With no other accompanying symptoms, I sent her off to school yesterday but it looked slightly worse this morning so I decided to keep her home and take her to the dr. It is most likely to be a skin irritation that has got infected but the dr also swabbed for chicken pox just to make sure and we will find out tomorrow. In the meantime, it is back on the antibiotics and no school again tomorrow. Poor little possum. She does not appear to be in any pain or distress which is good news but I am hopeful that it will clear up very quickly.

So more Dora tomorrow, I have learnt to tune most of it out which is really the only way. I just hope that Maggie is not being quietly indoctrinated as the sounds of Dora waft through the house and bury themselves into her growing brain. Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!

I will update regarding the rash as soon as I know any more.

Much love.


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