Category Archives: Sarah

The wounds – don’t look if you’re squeamish

If you are squeamish please don’t click the read more as this post charts the course of Sarah’s injuries since the accident. Gory and pretty gross but we’re finding it a little less scary to keep a chart of progress … Continue reading

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Do you have a 16 year old daughter?

Dear Cath When the doorbell rang at 5.40pm on the 24th November, my first emotion was irritation, either Sarah who’d forgotten her keys or her boyfriend was wondering where she was. We’d had this argument so many times and it … Continue reading

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Gettin’ hit by a Bus

Oh Cath, my first memory of the scene is the bus. Shimmering in the night rain and the flashing blue lights the front window was a starred mass of broken glass. I didn’t want to follow where that thought was … Continue reading

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The Ambulance

Catherine, would you believe that the ambulance arrived a full thirty minutes after the accident. Thirty minutes! It was an eternity. I wanted to collapse with relief but to my horror it wasn’t like the 999 programmes on TV. They … Continue reading

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Do you believe in Guardian Angels

Cath I know we’ve semi spoken about ‘weird’ stuff before but I wonder what your taken on this would be. It took forever for the results of the scans and xrays to come in but when they eventually did they … Continue reading

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Breathe James, breathe

We got to the trauma ward and they whisked her off into resuss and me off to do the paperwork at the front desk. The only time so far that I wanted to cry. When I got back to the … Continue reading

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Worry

Sarah needed a scan and it took another endless hour to get to the scan room and that was harrowing too in so many respects. Her dad and I, just the two of us sitting in lonely isolation way down … Continue reading

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The ward

Sleeping next your desperately ill child on a hospital ward is not restful. You don’t expect it to be. We got to the ward at around two in the morning and she was wheeled into her slot in dim light … Continue reading

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The reveal

Lisa spent the night with Sarah last night. I know it’s the last night that any of us will be able to stay with her but I think it’s been good for the sisters to have each other. Lisa seems … Continue reading

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War wounds

Sarah, as I’ve mentioned once or twice LOATHES needles, they terrify her. This being the case, every time they need to find a vein they (the veins) all retreat. These are the pictures of the poor child’s hands with all … Continue reading

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Physio

Sarah had physio this morning. She got as far as sitting up, swinging her legs over the edge of the bed. Then she want about six shades paler than she had been before, which is saying a lot, and started … Continue reading

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Discharged… or not!

It’s five days since the accident and physio have said as far as they are concerned she can go home. It made us excited. We never dreamed that it would take until after 9pm on Saturday night to finally get … Continue reading

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Pavement special

She’s home safe and while not exactly sound she’s heading that way! I feel this overwhelming sense of responsibility now. Her care is in my horribly inexperienced medical hands. What if something goes wrong? We don’t have a wheel chair … Continue reading

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A big fright

The NHS is an amazing organization but, by God, it doesn’t always get it right. Sarah needed her dressings changed every three days so as instructed I went her GP surgery to make an appointment. Having queued for almost thirty … Continue reading

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‘I’m not from here, I’m from Yorkshire.’

They did a swab on Monday for infection and yesterday, (Wednesday) when we had the dressings changed they told us there was definitely infection and that we needed to leave it with the lab for until tomorrow to find out … Continue reading

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Back into hospital :(

On Sunday Sarah complained of a hard and swollen patch on her leg. On feeling the area my first thought was hmmm, deep haematoma. I’d had a couple over the years and that’s what it looked and felt like. Monday … Continue reading

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The vacuum dressing

Sarah spent four days in hospital. Long boring days for her but she has now home and has been fitted with a wound vacuum dressing. They fitted it this morning. This ‘little’ pile of boxes is JUST for Sarah’s dressings. … Continue reading

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