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Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Parenting | 19 comments

Two days in hospital with a toddler puts life in perspective

Two days in hospital with a toddler puts life in perspective


It felt surreal, reminding my daughter to eat her cereal while I waited for the ambulance to arrive.

Little Man had been ill for most of the Bank Holiday weekend, sickness and diarrhoea had knocked the stuffing out of him.

But on Tuesday morning when I woke him it was different.

He was whimpering and dry retching. When I picked him up he was floppy as a ragdoll and just cried out.

I knew in my gut that something wasn’t right.

But the Queen was coming.

Her Royal Highness, coming here to our village. Parking was banned all day. I’d never be able to get to the doctors.

So I rang 111.

And they called an ambulance.

And half an hour later I was sitting in A and E waiting to see a doctor with my poorly Little Man sleeping fitfully on a bed next to me, the sounds of hospital life going on outside the door.

It’s hard to believe that just last weekend we were exploring Coombe Mill Farm and having so much fun.

It puts a lot into perspective.

There’s a lot going on in our lives at the moment – exciting, fun things – but none of it matters. Not really.

Thankfully we’re home now after a scary couple of days.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget seeing him lying there in a huge hospital bed, motionless and almost unresponsive with an IV drip in his tiny hand.

It will be a while until he’s completely well again but he’s on the mend.
And hopefully soon he’ll be back to his mischievous self.
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  • Ruth’s all sorts

    Definitely puts things into perspective! Hope he gets back to his usual self soon. This is precisely when you want them to be mischievous isn’t it?!

  • HonestMum

    Oh hun, I’m so, so sorry, sop relieved he’s on the mend too. A was in hospital with my husband on bank holiday Monday with acute tonsillitis. O cried that I stay with him so tried to make the best of an awful day taking him to the park (calling husband all day)-didn’t mention hospital online as sometimes draining just explaining. He’s back to his old self now but very sobering you are right. Sending lots of love x

  • Ben

    Oh god, it must have been horrendous. Glad he’s on the mend but truly horrible watching on and feeling helpless.

  • Susan Mann

    Bless him, what a horrendous and scary time. Glad he’s on the mend. And hopefully back to hisself soon. Hugs x

  • Kim Carberry

    Aww! I hope he’s feeling better soon….
    It is so scary to see our little one’s in hospital….Hugs x

  • Hannah

    Sending lots of hugs and feel good vibes your way poor little dude xx

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    So not the end of a break away with us you want, all that fresh air good undone but as you say it really puts things in perspective and at least you had the sense to act quickly. So pleased you are home and safe again. I hope he pulls back up to speed quickly.

  • Older Mum

    Oh the poor thing…. that’s horrible. Is he okay now? That must have been so scary for all of you, and well done you for getting him to the hospital. X

  • bod for tea

    Thank you lovely, and you’re so right. He’s been pottering about today and started eating again so that’s a good sign!

  • bod for tea

    Oh my goodness I didn’t realise! I’m glad he’s better. It’s so scary when they’re unwell and you feel so helpless :( Thanks for the well wishes x

  • bod for tea

    Thanks Mr, it was. Thankfully he seems to have turned a corner now :)

  • bod for tea

    Thanks lovely lady, hugs back x

  • bod for tea

    Thanks Kim x

  • bod for tea

    You’re right, I felt completely helpless. Thankfully the professionals know what they’re doing. It’s amazing what some fluid, salt and sugar can do!

  • bod for tea

    Thanks Hannah x

  • bod for tea

    Thanks Fiona, I’m gutted that he didn’t get the chance to experience the feed run but he seemed to love the train and there’s always next time! x

  • bod for tea

    Thanks honey, he’s definitely turned the corner and was pottering about this morning and eating bits and pieces. It was terrifying having the ambulance turn up but so glad that they did – little ones go downhill so quickly x

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    I’ve sent them both a certificate for helping anyway, not fair to be left out!

  • bod for tea

    Awww thanks lovely – that’s so kind of you xx