anna's blog

Our beautiful, gorgeous little girl, Anna, has leukaemia. She was diagnosed on Monday 5 December 2011.

Nearly a week later

on December 11, 2011

Nearly a week after diagnosis, Anna has had 2 general anaesthetics, a lumbar puncture, 2 blood transfusions, a portocath inserted (google mcmillan portocath if you want to know more about it), steroids, chemotherapy and a variety of other drugs and treatments. On the ward, we have met 3 consultants, several doctors, numerous nurses, 2 play specialists, 2 physiotherapists, 1 occupational therapist, 2 outreach workers, a CLIC (http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/Home) support worker and a complementary therapist. Probably others too, I just can’t remember everyone.

We have adjusted swiftly from a family living together to a family who meet at changeover times at the hospital (one of us stays with Nathan and one of us with Anna at all times). We are on a steep learning curve. Throughout all of this, Anna has coped fantastically well. Although very ill when we arrived on monday evening, she still managed to express her views clearly to the doctors – telling them to stop!

She is much, much better than when we arrived but we have a long way to go…

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6 responses to “Nearly a week later

  1. Belinda Wood says:

    Thinking of you all at the moment and sending warm regards, love and my prayers,
    Belinda xxx

  2. Courtnay says:

    Well done on getting through the last week, you are all amazing. Thank you for doing this blog. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to see anna’s gorgeous little face. Love from all of us, always x

  3. mandy campbell says:

    Oh Ann Marie I know this well with hospitals and it is amazing how quickly you adapt and how much of an expert you become in your field – I once taught brain surgeon students at Great Ormond Street ! 😀

  4. Ruth says:

    What a brave wee girl. And what wonderful parents you are. We continue to uphold you in prayer. Take care, much love, Ruthxxx

  5. Jane Hurworth says:

    Ann Marie, glad to hear she is coping so far. Lots of love to you all Jane

  6. Arturo, Moira & Victoria says:

    Hi Guys, our thoughts are with you all. If there is anything we can do for you just let us know.

    Arturo, Moira and Victoria xxx

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