Monday, 17 October 2011

A Mother's Tale.......

I had intended to post the next exciting instalment in the 'How It's Made' series over the weekend but I was rather overtaken by events.

Saturday was a really lovely day, sunny and warm, so we headed off down to the seafront with Small Dog for a walk along the promenade.  That done, we set off for home and en route I had a sudden awful feeling of foreboding as if something bad was about to happen.

No sooner had I shaken it off and tried to dismiss it as nonsense, than my phone rang.  It was my daughter, ringing from hospital, where she had been admitted for emergency surgery for a badly inflamed appendix.  She was in the Emergency Assessment Unit, and having been assessed, was 'nil by mouth' and prepped for surgery, which she was assured would be done early evening.

However, a serious road traffic accident then took priority, so she was put on hold, pumped full of morphine and antibiotics and kept in EAU till midday yesterday, when she was finally taken to theatre to have her appendix removed.

I am well acquainted with the concept of triage, and prioritising limited resources on the basis of clinical need, and the mothers of the RTA victims must have been even more stressed and worried than I was, but when your child is sick and in pain, it's very hard to maintain a balanced, reasonable viewpoint.

Thankfully her surgery went well, the offending organ was removed and she will be discharged from hospital later today to rest and recuperate.

I could do with some rest and recuperation too after a stressful weekend, unable to be with her, and relying on telephone updates from her partner throughout.  Worrying and wishing there were something, anything, I could do to help. You never, ever stop worrying about your children.


So my odd feeling of foreboding was borne out.  I won't be so quick to dismiss them in future...

 

8 comments:

Elga said...

Glad your daughter is on the road to recovery, mine had a lump removed out of her neck on Friday, now she has this cut from in front of her ear right down to her chin. We are not yet sure what caused the lump, tests are being done this week, at least they are 99% sure cancer is not involved. In South Africa the wheels grind very slowly in the public hospitals, it took us over two moths to get the operation done. At least it is a teaching hospital so the theater are ok, but I have never seen such dirty floors in my life, it scared the living daylights out of me. Her doctor discharged her on the same day because of this, and the food is simply uneatable. Fortunately she is young and strong, I pity any old and sickly person in SA that are dependent on our public hospitals. I think mothers has a closer bond than we think with our children that isn't even broken by distance!!!

Sandra Morris said...

Elga...
Hope your daughter makes a full recovery too.

It's a sad indictment of the state of our respective hospitals that it's safer to get out of them as soon as possible due to the risk of infection.

Take care
Sx

Julia said...

I hope your daughter soon feels much better and that you get some well deserved rest too.
Julia x

Elga said...

Thanks Sandra

KT Miniatures said...

Sorry to hear about your daughter Sandra. Hope she bounces back to full health very quickly.Celia

Sandra Morris said...

Thanks for all the good wishes everyone. That's one weekend I wouldn't care to repeat.....

Sx

Robin said...

I'm so sorry - what a time of it. I hope she'll soon be well again.
Rx

pastmastery said...

Scary stuff Sandra but glad now is all well.

Amazing telepathy isn't it? Yes it DOES exist.

Love Sue and DDxxx