Posts Tagged ‘illness’

Trials and Tribulations

March 15, 2011

It’s been a tough start to 2011 for Hannah and I, I believe. For both of us at work there have been some tough times; for me handling various management things that come around at IBM at the start of every year plus a good deal of what we call ‘plan churn’ over the past two months has been quite draining; for Hannah there have been a number of things at school that have been stressful. Add to all of this Hannah’s big operation that she had last week.

Back at Christmas Hannah had a big bleed in her right eye. It’s been a long time since I’ve covered Hannah’s eyes on this blog, but the problems related to diabetic retinopathy have never been far from our lives. Her right eye is not the best one, but the bleed made it nearly useless, and therefore judging distances became harder and reading etc was far more tiring. We had a couple of visits to hospital over the Christmas period, including Christmas Day itself, when the only option to have the eye properly checked was an air amublance to Southampton (the only reason that didn’t happen was because Southampton General wouldn’t have been able to fire up their diagnostic equipment). The long and short of that period was a big bleed that lasted pretty much until three weeks ago, so Hannah managed half a term at school with basically one eye. A while ago the consultant had diagnosed a cataract in Hannah’s right eye, and so she was put on the waiting list for the surgery and Hannah had pretty much chosen to have it scheduled this coming Easter. Events at Christmas brought this forward to last week.

I could describe in a lot of detail what has happened in the past week since the operation, but I won’t. The op itself took 2 hours, and was a combination of the planned cataract removal and lens replacement, and (warning on the next link, it’s pretty gruesome) vitrectomy and an unplanned freezing of a retinal tear. Hannah has had a lot of pain since then, as you might expect, with a hefty cocktail of drugs. She should have been out of hospital the same day, but had a faint in the afternoon after the op, and so they kept her in overnight, itself not an enjoyable experience for Hannah. After that she stayed with her Mum, Barbara, until the weekend, and my Mum, Clare, was here looking after Ella, so I could get off to work. Then on Sunday, Hannah had another faint, and so we spent a few hours waiting in hospital for a fairly thorough check that proved inconclusive. Therefore she’s been back with Barbara to make sure there’s a watching brief on her.

Today Hannah was much brighter than she has been, and is finding her vision improving lots, which is really good news. We’re expecting it to take 4-6 weeks for the after-effects of the operation to clear, so the progress Hannah is reporting so far is a real boon.

I’ve had Ella over the past couple of days, when not at work, and she’s been great. In the morning she does ask where Mummy is, but is happy enough with the explanation that she’s having a sleepover at Gan-gan’s. Ella has been fine going to school, and her usual self around the house when at home. When we were hanging around the hospital on Sunday she was very good, hardly complaining and playing with some kids in the toy area of the waiting room.

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Pox and Birthdays

June 30, 2010

A couple of weeks ago Ella developed some spots, and we quickly worked out that she had chickenpox. Fortunately, she never really had it bad. She did have a good spread of spots, but she didn’t really get under the weather, and only once did the itching disturb her sleep. When she started itching we got some Piriton for kids, and that seemed to stem any itching. It did mean she was off school and away from her childminder, Caroline, for a week. I had to cover one day, working from home, while entertaining Ella with bad parenting, ie the television. She did very well that day, I have to admit.

She recovered in time from that to go to her friend, Tristan’s, birthday party, which was held at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. We all got a ride on the train, and it was a lovely, sunny day, so that was very good. Ella ran around the carriage with the other kids and seemed to enjoy it.

This weekend just gone was Ella’s third birthday, and we had our party. My Mum and stepdad (Clare and Chris), littlest brother and his wife (Hamish and Christine) all stayed the weekend, and I was most pleased that my other brother headed down from London for the party with his two eldest daughters, Aliya and Lucy. Ella’s birthday was on the same day as her school fair, and I went there with Hamish and Christine over lunchtime, and Ella had the opportunity to bounce on the bouncy castle, play in the sandpit and in the water table. This did mean she had an afternoon nap, which meant that she woke up just before her party, and had a barrage of relatives who all wanted to say hello at once. I think she dealt with that quite well, probably helped along by the presents she was receiving. I know she enjoyed getting to see her two cousins, and they did too. Apparently Aliya was very sad to have to leave.

The party was a BBQ, and it did clash with the England v Germany World Cup match. Of course it’s a game that will go down in history, so I won’t say anything about the result. I watched it over my shoulder while barbequing with it on the computer, with a slight lag behind the television in the living room where quite a few party attenders were watching. That meant I had their cheers and groans before seeing whatever the event was on my internet stream.

Ella got lots of presents. She got a lot of Duplo, a significant amount of that from us. The usual supply of books and clothes; a Trunki from her Gan-gan; and a Thomas the Tank Engine wooden train set from Granny and Grandpa. She got some dolls as well, just to keep up the girlie element.

All-in-all, a good day with splendid weather, and excellent catering from Hannah and helpers.