The December in-and-out of hospital continued, with Eloise getting both a UTI and viral infection (at the same time) during the week running up to Christmas. But after another night in hospital, some IV antibiotics and some great care, we were home and had a lovely Christmas with Mel’s family (at Mel’s Mum’s house).
We had some very special moments and the girls loved all the Christmas magic and fun. We even had Mel’s Grandparents with us at Mel’s Mum’s for Christmas. Sadly Mel’s Grandpa passed away a couple of days after we left.
We’ve had some lovely family time but unfortunately yesterday/today Eloise has picked up another infection so we are back in hospital. Looks like it’s tonsillitis so we hope to be able to go home later with some oral antibiotics.
Next week Eloise has a range of appointments- an opthalmologist appt at St George’s, an endocrinology appt at The Royal Marsden and an epilepsy consultant at the Royal Surrey. Hopefully she will be fully recovered by then and also be able to return to nursery later next week.
How do we feel?
Grateful that Eloise has made it to 2023! We actually started to believe this Christmas that it might not be Eloise’s last and that we could look forward to future ones with her… that’s actually quite remarkable.
Grateful that the issues we are currently dealing with are ‘more normal childhood’ illnesses (even if it impacts Eloise more severely) and even if it requires more hospital trips.
Grateful for the kind hospital staff. We feel bad having to come in each time (we get told to come in as it’s the protocol) and each time hope to avoid it, but the staff are so kind nonetheless.
Weary – it was a lovely Christmas but it’s been flanked with illness. Anna is also asking lots of very pertinent questions about childhood cancer, death, and everything in between. Unusual but privileged conversations to be having with a 6-year-old.
For those that pray:
- Give thanks that Eloise made it to 2023! Below is a picture of her on a rocking horse at Mel’s Mum’s house. She is finally strong enough to sit on it without someone holding her! Eloise is getting stronger! Praise God!
- Give thanks that the last scan showed she was NED. Pray the next one (end of Jan) continues to show that too.
- Pray for wisdom with all the upcoming appts.
- Pray for Mel’s extended family as they grieve the loss of Great Grandpa. A lovely man who when he said goodbye to us on Tuesday, prayed a blessing over Anna and Eloise. What a heritage and we are so grateful to him and Mel’s Nanna