I wrote this on Saturday morning because I really didn’t have a clue what else to do with myself. But to let you all know we got home yesterday and Miss L is doing really well thanks to all the fantastic care by the staff at Addenbrookes children’s unit. I’d also like to thank not only our family and friends but everyone on Twitter and Facebook who gave us so much support with such kind messages when we were in there – it really meant a lot.
It’s 7am and I’m sitting watching my family sleep peacefully, except we’re not at home we’re in hospital. Once again the NHS has come to the aid of my family and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Last night Miss L’s after days of being ill temperature shot up to 41.5 degrees and we just couldn’t get it down. I sat with her in the bath trying to cool her down, crying silently so she wouldn’t realise and therefore not scare her; because my ‘mummy’ sense was telling me something was really wrong and there was nothing I could do to fix it.
When we got her out I saw a dark rash that was starting to spread across her body. Panic at that point totally set in, and we got her dressed, popped her into the car and drove straight to our Children’s A&E.
They gave her meds and tried to cool her down but by 1am it was apparent she needed further intervention and they put in a cannula to give her IV antibiotics. But the first cannula failed and missed her vein (in fairness we have rubbish veins in my family!) so it took a further 3 attempts to get one in. Bless her, despite being obviously terrified she sat there and took it, whilst consoling the Dr with ‘it’s okay, practice makes perfect’. 🙂
At 2am they decides to admit her for the night and we were bought to the children’s ward by the fabulous a&e sister who sang to Miss L and gave her a ‘being brave’ award. I can’t thank her enough for all the professionalism her team showed whilst we were in her care. The place was full, but nothing was too much trouble.
Thankfully the children’s ward (which last night was ‘Florence Nightengaleesq’ – lots of nurses with torches) has a bed right next to the childs, so we’ve been taking it in turns to sleep
So here we are waiting for Miss L to wake up and hopefully feel better. I have everything crossed.