Hi folks, I’ll try again, after a forced break, to continue what I started all those months ago. It seems this year has brought with enough trials and tribulations to last us a lifetime!
First off, my fourth granddaughter, Princess Aimee-Jane, was born on 12th January 2013. All well, I hear you say, but five weeks down the line, she developed Pasteurella meningitis and was critically ill in hospital. Even the doctors were initially baffled by her condition! It was touch and go for a while as she peaked and troughed, but she has come out the other side of it a stronger, healthier little girl. The one thing that I think kept her going was her love of food (or baby milk). She never stopped feeding, as ill as she was. Definitely Daddy’s girl!
The care she received from the nursing staff was excellent. They allowed both mum and dad to stay with her. Such a pleasant little girl, despite the illness that was raging inside her. She beat it though, little fighter. She challenged it to a duel, and won.
I can now tell you that she has just cut her first three teeth…in a week!
On the 7th September 2013, Katie Louise, my fifth granddaughter was born. Unfortunately, due to meconium aspiration during her birth, which although not late, was induced, was sent straight to the neonatal unit in the hospital. After a few unsettled days, (on Cpap, ventilator, oxygen) she was transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit in another hospital. Here, they’ve tried the same things, to no avail, but causing, we think, her right lung to collapse. They’ve managed to re inflate it using oscillation, and things seem to be looking up. The only problem is she can’t manage without the ventilator. She’s also had a blood transfusion. So far, our little girl’s first taste of the outside world has been pretty bleak.
She also acquired an unidentified infection, but thankfully, with antibiotic treatment it seems to have worn itself out and is starting to diminish. She is definitely another little fighter, and the world and his wife are praying for her, as they were for our little Princess.
Again the nursing care is excellent.
I now feel I need to resume my writings beyond my personal diary!