Apologies for my lack of contact with you lovely people and thanks for bearing with me.
As well as my university course becoming quite full on with multiple essays and long stretches on placement, my little Biscuit was quite poorly.
She is, thankfully, well on the mend now and like a different child than the pale, lethargic, wheezy creature that she became.
Back in January she caught really bad bacterial tonsillitis, she was in too much pain to swallow anything at all. When our GP examined her, he didn’t even look in her throat and sent us on our way. The next day we took her to A&E where they prescribed her antibiotics and discharged us. She had barely recovered from this when she was struck down with a viral wheeze requiring admission to hospital and 2 hourly inhalers overnight. Less than a month later and then came an ambulance ride to hospital for another admission for viral wheeze, needing a nebuliser and then inhalers all night.
We thought she had turned the corner after this episode, but then she suddenly got poorly again. She was wheezing and struggling and really unsettled. Another ambulance ride to the hospital, this time straight into resus for back-to-back nebulisers and oxygen followed by two nights in the hospital for treatment.
But this post isn’t about Biscuit’s trips to hospital. It’s about that mother’s instinct that tells you when something isn’t quite right. I had a niggly feeling about Biscuit’s health, a feeling that gave me sleepless nights and a ton of stress. She hadn’t put on any weight since December, was so pale she looked transparent and was always tired with big black bags under her eyes. My GP completely dismissed these symptoms and my niggly feeling, telling me that no-one would find anything wrong with her.
It may sound crazy, but her last trip into hospital may have been a good thing as it made people review her health and we were starting on longer-term treatment to treat the cause, not just the symptoms. We are also now under a consultant paediatrician to keep an eye on her I’m hoping that she will now start putting on weight and get stronger and be able to fight of these horrible viruses better.
So Mamas, and Papas too, if you have a feeling that one of your little ones isn’t quite right then listen to yourself and take them to your doctor, or talk to your health visitor and get someone to listen to you too.