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23/05/2013 at 13:00
She's got another appointment tomorrow at Hospital and I'm dreading it. I know she will kick off as soon as we enter the consultant's room, she knows what's coming, a bloody horrible needle to take blood out of her :-( How am I ever going to get her to trust doctors/nurses in the future after everything she's been through? She is wary of anyone in a uniform now and wouldn't let the nice man at the shoe shop on the weekend touch her feet (she had tonnes of pricks on her feet to test her blood sugar levels in hospital, she literally had holes everywhere). She is so cheeky and happy at the moment, I really feel mean for taking her tomorrow. They will measure and weigh her too which in itself obviously doesn't hurt but she just hates it. Poor little thing, she doesn't deserve any of this :-(
UPDATE - thanks for all your well wishes. The taking blood part was horrific as expected, she's a daddy's girl so he held her but she was screaming 'mama' the whole time :-( it took ages after for her to calm down even with choc buttons but as soon as we left the consulting room she was better. The consultant said she looks like a different child since the last time and believes it's the B12 injections which have done this, very happy with her weight gain, she's still right at the bottom of the graph for her height but she has grown a little since beginning of the year so hopefully this will continue. Got to wait for results now which will take a week and then take things from there. We've got another appointment for Birmingham Hospital in July. M has been very spoilt since yesterday with loads and loads of extra cuddles, fuss and of course, chocolate lol. Poor little princess. I'm glad it's done now.
23/05/2013 at 13:03
Aw no, what's wrong with her?
23/05/2013 at 13:04
23/05/2013 at 13:05
Sorry iv missed all of what's going on, what age is she? There's loads of usbourne books about hospitals, I have a chat with her too about going and that she will have a blood test but its only to try to make her better. Can you take some bubbles in to distract her? I know its not the same but when I take my 2 for vaccinations we sing/read a book/I do silly voices/silly faces etc.
hopefully the drs/nurses will be really good with her, I think that's half the battle,
23/05/2013 at 13:23
She's only 20 months so too young to explain things too. The doctors/nurses are fab in general CP, once she starts though it doesn't make any difference, she's just inconsolable.
Kellfi - she was ambulanced to hospital at Christmas with severe dehydration which the GPs missed, spent a week on a drip with a blood transfusion and had to go under GA to have a femoral line put in, checked her blood sugar levels every hour which meant stabbing her in the feet/hands, was horrific. They don't know why she got so ill just from a D&V bug. They have diagnosed her with B12 deficiency but it's extremely unusual in a child of her age so there's an underlying cause which they can't find at the moment. She's been having injections for the B12 which have made a massive difference but I'm finding the lack of diagnosis really hard.
23/05/2013 at 13:24
Oh poor baby girl Mossy Take her to buy a big cuddly teddy she can take with her and keep her strong. x
23/05/2013 at 13:27
Oh no that sounds horrible , and worrying for you. Poor little thing you can't explain at that age can you, you feel so bad for them. When I was nannying years ago I had to take the LO for regular blood tests when she was about 18m and we had to hold her down, it was horrid , I feel for you both xx
23/05/2013 at 13:28
Poor baby, what a horrible thing for her to have to go through when she's so little x
Oh poor girl, can they give her anything to calm her down? When my son had stitches they gave him some sort of gas to make him chilled out, he chose the flavour too. I feel for you as the cries my son made when he had to have lines put in his arm once will stay with me :-( Just make sure you spoil her after with something and hopefully in time she will forget her negative associations.
23/05/2013 at 13:29
Thanks everyone, yes we will both have to hold her down, we always take her dummy and her 2 fav cwtchies. Will take some choc for after bless her. Thankfully she is well in herself at the moment so that's great, it's just this constant nagging worry which grinds me down. Sorry, I know a lot of parents have far more to deal with than this, I've just never been anything like this before with my other kids or anyone close to me.
23/05/2013 at 13:31
Poor baby :( sounds horrible.
23/05/2013 at 13:32
Oh bless her. I really feel for her, as R is very similar. Luckily its not affected him as much though. He even gave the nurse a kiss after she took his blood. It was awful. He was screaming and crying. but as soon as he got up he was fine. [hugs] hugs lovely it really is hard
23/05/2013 at 13:35
Poor little girl and big hugs to you. I hope they get to the bottom of it all soon.
Aw mossy poor you having to take your precious little one and poor baby. Lots of vibes for answers and a diagnosis. X
23/05/2013 at 13:39
Oh poor little thing, and poor you having to take her. Hope it doesnt take long and is as painless (for both of you) as possible. Do you know what they are testing for? xx
23/05/2013 at 13:46
you have my sympathy. I have this problem with Luke as he's had some very traumatic experiences. he's getting older now so I can reason a bit more with him and his language is improving so he can tell us how he feels, but the last blood test took 3 phlebotomists and me to hold him down and he was screaming and sweating with fear. he wouldn't accept the certificate at the end because he said he hadn't been brave. I nearly cried with sadness. Other situations still frighten him- anything with a clinical environment or examination table can give him anxiety. He won't lie down on a change table because it's too similar to a examination table. The last dental apt was a bit of break through but he got very worried the dentist put on the blue gloves and started to unwrap the sterile dental pack and he shouted 'No plasters, I don't any plasters!', thinking that she was prepping for a blood test. He's got to have a 12 lead ecg and echo next week so I'm not looking forward to that. Even though they are painless he is very suspicious of having to lie down and be prodded.
I hope the next set of bloods give you some answers and you don't have to wait too long for the results. make sure you treat both of you to a nice drink and snack afterwards.
23/05/2013 at 13:50
I feel weepy for you. Good luck and treat yourself and her afterwards x
23/05/2013 at 13:52
Oh poor baby! xxx
23/05/2013 at 14:13
Oh dear, what an absolute shame for her. Poor baby
23/05/2013 at 14:43
Do they not put ametop on before they take blood to numb the area? Sounds awful and must be hard for u to see too x
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