|waiting for our ambulance transfer|
We were then transferred by ambulance to The Canberra Hospital where she again had to go through the stress of two attempts of a lumbar puncture which they were not able to do successfully. I was glad that we were not present for it, as from what we could hear coming from the treatment room it sounded like she was very distressed.
|Little trooper managing a smile in her sleep|
My time in hospital was a breeze compared to some of the stories I heard from other mums I chatted to while I was there. One woman has been back and forth to hospital with her 15 month old daughter since she was 6 days old. She told me she would have liked to have a third child but didn’t think it fair to bring another child into their lifestyle. Another mother visited her 5 month old daughter every day…her daughter had been in hospital her whole life, another mother was anxiously waiting for test results to explain why her daughter was having fits.
I was also blessed enough to have my family and friends close by. My husband kept life going on at home, and lovingly brought two toddlers into the hospital to visit us twice a day (I am sure he now has a few grey hairs because of it) . I can only imagine the isolation people could feel when they are stuck in a hospital away from their loved ones.
|Visits with sisters|
|I don’t think Emily missed me at all..she always went straight to Ali’s cot|
I am also going to be involved in raising money towards the building of the new Ronald McDonald House in Canberra. It is such an important charity which allows families to have a “home away from home” while their children are in hospital. I will be raising funds through my Country Women’s Association group but donations can be made at http://www.rmhc.org.au/695/donate
Having a sick child was a scary experience, but it allowed me to gain a small glimpse into what families of seriously ill children go through. I have realised that it is easy to feel helpless and sad for them, but what they really need is prayer and practical support. I am thankful that this experience has opened my eyes to this great need and hopefully by supporting these charities it can help these families, even in a very small way.