Thursday, 19 July 2012

A sincere thank you

I consciously try to keep my blog focussed on sewing and gardening. However, I feel the need to deviate just briefly, as a way of saying a big thank you to everyone for your support of my daughter in her illness. The many messages you have left on my blog in the last 11 weeks have been universally positive and encouraging for her, and even more so for me :)
To fill you in a little, my daughter has had constant abdominal pain and headaches since May 1st. She missed most of the last term of school. After some medication to treat a bout of constipation, her pain and headaches remain and are not able to be relieved. Abdominal ultrasounds, a brain MRI and many, many blood tests have all returned normal findings. Of course, it is good that nothing sinister has been found for her. We are very thankful for that. The cause of her pain remains a mystery. I have imposed a gluten-free diet to see if that helps. We are being advised to get her back to school and for her to deal with the pain as best she can.
It has been a tough time for our family. It is horrible to watch your normally uninhibited, happy-go-lucky, cheerful child suffering and not be able to ease her distress.  
It was her 11th birthday on the first day back at school this week. The mandatory class cupcakes were consumed enthusiastically. She has adopted the attitude that if she has to be in pain, she might as well be in pain with her friends! At least the term has started with a little brightness for her.
One of the ramifications of caring for a sick daughter is that my blog, garden and sewing have been neglected. Hopefully, this will take a turn for the better soon.

My daughter's name is Olivia. It is timely that John Mayer's new album has a song called 'Something Like Olivia'. While the lyrics aren't perfect for an 11-year-old, the sentiment is sweet. And when I crank it, and dance around the kitchen like a loony, it at least returns a beautiful smile to my Olivia's face. Hope it brings a little cheer to your day too. Bloom x

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