Friday, January 29, 2010

A week of woe ... but it's swings and roundabouts!

I can't say it's the most joyful of weeks in our household - infact, it's been stressful, at times frightening and a little confusing too. But hard times can be wonderful in helping you remember what's really important ... so I suppose I must count my blessings, not my troubles and be grateful it's not all a whole lot worse! To explain, in the wee hours of the morning of January 26, my partner Kirk woke up and was shivering badly. He appeared to have a fever, which I confirmed by taking his temperature, and despite being rugged up in winter pyjamas and two doonas, he felt freezing cold. I suggested we go straight away to a 24 hour medical clinic, but being a man (!!), he said it could wait till morning (later on we determined that he didn't recall any of this conversation though - he "lost" a good hour). Then later and very suddenly, his condition took a turn for the worse. He began to make an alarming, guttural noise, fell from the bed and began to convulse. I was extremely scared, and as I called the ambulance I couldn't help thinking that this could be bad ... very bad. The paramedics arrived and they were at a loss to give a diagnosis. They loaded Kirk on to a stretcher and took him to hospital in a weak, delirious and groggy state. I woke bubba Edie and piled her into the car. Her sheer delight at being woken at 4am to go on an outing gave me the first cause to smile in quite a few hours! I'll fast forward to now ... Three days later, Kirk is still in hospital, and after a lumbar puncture and no end of tests, they're still not sure what's wrong. Various suggestions have been put forth: encephalitis, meningitis, a strain of virus picked up from overseas by someone and passed on ... it's a case of "stay tuned ... we're working on it." But I now feel more confident Kirk will be OK, and besides, life goes on and I have an important job to do. The focus of that job went to the park with her grandfather yesterday to play on the swings, and he snapped these gleeful shots.

So it's not all bad, is it! While it's been a  week of woe, (the icing on the cake was locking my keys in the house this morning and calling on a locksmith ... Yes, my thoughts were elsewhere and no, I didn't have a spare set!), it's also reminded me who, and what, is important in my life, and to stop and smell the roses a little more often. It's showed me that we have wonderful, caring friends & family, and that writing about all the fantastic people and products associated with Mathilda's makes me happy and cheers me up! Anyway, I hope your week is a bit brighter than mine, and that all those you treasure stay in good health this year.
Peta x
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Kawaii for You said...

My goodness, how frightening that must have been for you. I hope they find it's nothing too serious and things get back to normal soon.
Christine xo

Mon Alisa Design said...

Oh Peta, what an ordeal!

Praying for Kirks recovery and for you to stay strong for your little angel.

Hang in there!

Alisa xxx

ensparkle ceramics said...

Oh goodness - that is terrible!

Wishing Kirk a speedy recovery

Helen x

thula thula designer said...

My thoughts are with you......being in this place is a real shock to the system...we have been there with our child, but the thing that comes out of it is strength.
Wishing your husband all the best and remember to take care of yourself at this time.

Corrie said...

oh you poor thing, what an ordeal!! Keeping you all in my prayers and hope he's up on his feet. How scary to witness it all!


Posie Patchwork said...

Oh no, Anne, i could hear it in your voice, no wonder you're extra husky on the phone today. Geesh, good luck!! That is really scary, the not knowing. Sending you happy good vibes my love, all the best, smiles to your 3 fabulous children & speedy recovery to your bloke. Love Posie

About Mathilda's Market said...

Thank you everyone for your very kind words, I have passed them on to Peta, as she was in hospital with her husband Kirk all day.
Peta informed this afternoon that he has a virus called CMV, which is very common (it lies dormant in most of us). If it takes hold in someone with a compromised immune system it can be really serious – or fatal. Luckily they can now get it under control and they said he should be out of hospital by Monday.
All the best
Anne x

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