When it rains it pours, but we are greatful.

Well, apparently when it rains it pours.  It appears this year had one more curve ball to throw at us.  I'm not going to lie when I say hope this was the last one.  

Firstly I would like to start by saying thankyou to all those who commented on my last post, I have not replied to them all but I appreciate your well wishes very much and thankyou all for continuing to follow along.  

On the night of Sunday, the 17th little Angus started screaming in pain after being mildly unwell with what seemed like a slight gastro virus two day prior.  After giving Panadol and Nerurofen with little effect I bundled him into the car and quickly drove him to the hospital 30 mins away.  Once we got there after being assessed and his pain treated with IV fentanyl, IV fluids put up and bloods taken he was transferred via ambulance to the large Women’s and Children’s hospital in the city.  

Angus in the Ambulance.

Once there he deteriorated further over night with appendicitis, they tried to manage his pain, gave strong IV antibiotics which he had a bad allergic reaction too and transferred him to the ward to await emergency surgery in the morning.  Once on the ward they called in the surgeon on call, who debated calling in the on call surgical team to rush him through overnight.   In the end due to the hour, it would have only saved 30 mins or so and the decision was to put him first on the emergency surgery list in the morning.

He came through surgery well with a very good team, but his appendix was burst and the found it was necrotic/gangrenous and that he had a belly full of pus.  My other boys were shipped to their grandparents who are three hours away for the week while Grant managed the post office 1.5hrs away, making the 3hr return commute every night to visit us.  I stayed in hospital with Angus for the 6 nights he was in, and needless to say it made for a long and stressful week.  At one stage I was awake for over 36hours with him.  We were in a share bay of 4 which was not ideal for privacy nor rest but the nurses and staff at the Womens and Childrens were absolutely first rate.  They were thorough, astute, kind, attentive and listened to any concerns I had taking them very seriously.  His bowel was sluggish from surgery and threatened a couple of times to go on strike but we managed to avoid that hiccup.

Recovering post-op.  A DVD offering a good distraction.

At one stage we were unsure if we would make it home for Christmas as Angus was recovering slowly so we prepared to be in the city.  But much to our delight once he turned a coner he picked up very fast and we were allowed home. We were discharged late on Saturday the 23rd and were oh so grateful to be able to go home.  Grant met family and collected the other two boys which was lovely.  Though we would have made the most of where ever we were over Christmas.  For us, if Angus was getting better and getting the care he needed, the rest was secondary.  The reality is Christmas is not special because of the food, nor the place, nor the fanfare that goes with it.  It is special because of the birth of Christ (if that’s your thing as it is ours) and also the people whom we get to remember and share the day with.  

This kid gathered an impressive lego haul from visiting family and friends!

I sent Grant into town on the 24th to face the masses and wrangle up some kind of Christmas fare and we threw together some delicious but simply prepared food on Christmas.  There were oysters and prawns for lunch as a treat, a simple roast and veggies for dinner, a Christmas pudding bought from the shops with homemade custard and gingerbread baked and gifted by dear friends.  It was haphazard and imperfect.  Gifts were wrapped at midnight and stockings stuffed.  We were tired, fragile and worn out.  But it was none the less a beautiful as we were together.


Since being home the last 4 days I have spent a huge amount of time in bed, watching Netflix resting and napping.  I cannot express the love I have for my own bed!  I did not realize it was even possible to feel the kind of exhaustion I felt, still recovering from my own heart problems not even a week prior.  It was not at all the low stress, restful environment the Cardiologist recommended.  But by the grace of God, a wonderful medical team and modern medicines we are both home and slowly beginning to recover.            

On the upside 2018 has gotta be a better start then 2017 ended right?  Also, we managed to get good usage of our ambulance cover this year, so that was very frugal of us.  

Anyway, dear readers, I hope this finds you well and that your Christmas was filled with love, peace and joy.  May 2018 be full of good health for us all!

Much love,
Em
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16 comments

  1. Emma dear me....what an end to the year but I am so pleased Angus is now okay. Years ago they used to whip an appendix out at the drop of a hat but it is so different now. I will also be glad to see the end of 2017 and I hope and pray that 2018 will be a better year for both of us. Big hugs!

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  2. Oh my goodness Emma, what a bad trot you have had!

    I am hopeful for you all to be well and truly on the mend and ready for all the new adventures that 2018 will bring!

    God Bless,

    xTania

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    1. Thankyou Tania, I hope it is a wonderful year for you too!

      xx

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  3. Sorry to hear about your son's health situation and the chaos that followed. Yes let's pray that 2018 is kind. I hope you all get the rest you need.xxx

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  4. Oh my goodness, poor Angus!! What a scary ordeal you and your family went through. I hope you are continuing to get lots of rest and that Angus is making a good recovery. I wish you all the best for 2018. Take care.

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  5. ohhh my goodness SCARY!
    so glad you caught it in time, that could've been a lot worse had you not rushed him off to hospital. glad he's recovering now, it will take a couple of weeks before he's back to 'normal'.
    you all get a good rest & take things easy
    thanx for sharing

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  6. Oh, Emma! What a time you've all had. 2018 is going to be better!! So glad that Angus and you are "on the mend" and home now where it's easier to just be in your own space & surroundings, in your own beds:) I understand exactly what happened with Angus as the same thing happened to my Mum a couple of years ago and I was so worried that we would lose her then. I will never forget the red-eye flight I made to get to the Cairns Hospital to be with her ... that plane just couldn't fly fast enough!! Take Care, go slowly and gently. Meg Xxx

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  7. Thank goodness, you were on your toes. Mums know, don't they! I remember sleeping in the Children's ward, when my son was barely a week old. Oh, the beds (I should say, pull out mattresses from a single couch) were incredibly uncomfortable. But that's the last thing on your mind. It's all about your kiddo, and when will they turn the corner.

    I was only there a few days, but made close connections with some of the other mums and dads. Because we were all experiencing the same thing. It's great to see a parent with their child, leave the ward. Knowing they're on the road to recovery, and hoping you won't be far behind them. :)

    Hugs to you and your family, Emma. Glad you're all on the mend.

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  8. Poor wee Angus. So glad that he is now on the mend and that life can get back to some sort of normal. You will need to get those batteries of yours recharged as you have the sale of the shop coming up soon. I know the good Lord doesn't give us more than we can handle but I do wonder just how wide he thinks our shoulders are at times.
    2018 is a new start with new adventures to come. I wish you a safe and happy New Year.

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    1. The sale of the shop will bring with it a holiday, though no doubt some long and stressful days prior. We are well on the count down - only about 9-10 weeks left now!

      xx

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  9. This post makes me reflect in shame at how I mismanaged our youngest daughter's appendicitis. She must had had a grumbling appendix for several years (hindsight is a great thing) and I used to send her off to school as her pain always occurred in the morning after breakfast. When I eventually took her to the hospital and they did scan/xray they rushed her straight in.

    Anyway poor Angus, its a bit tough that it messed up Xmas, but it will be a good story in times to come.

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    1. Aw, apparently appendicitis is often mis-diagnosed even by experienced Drs as the symptoms are often vague. I felt terrible I presumed he had a mild virus when actually it was his appendix getting ready to burst.

      We do the best with our children and hindsight is a wonderful thing. Don't feel shame Phil, your a wonderful father. I too had a good cry when I realized how sick he was and that he had been building for a couple of days. The thing is though- he had seemed like it was a low grade virus, nothing stoof out to me that it was anything more. We do our best and that's all we can do.

      xx

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  10. I'm so glad your son is recovering and you too! I hope 2018 is a good year for you. True, when it rains it pours....and everyone at sometime in life has serious illnesses or calamity. Congrats on your college degree with honors. Years ago my one son was in serious condition from an antibiotic allergy (his was sulfa) so on the good side, it is really good you caught this while he is young and now will have to monitor so that he never gets the antibiotic again and you will always have to double-check with doctors and pharmacists for that drug because the second exposure could truly be deadly. Yes Christmas is all about the love of Christ coming to us as a baby to save us, and I'm sure you had the gift of great love during your son's ordeal. Best wishes! Andrea

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  11. That is some story! Your resilience is impressive. Rest up all of you and may 2018 have gentle and positive happenings.

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  12. I keep checking your blog for an update. Hope you are all feeling better, and that your silence is due to a very busy life, and not more health issues. Sending you love.

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