Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Which are you most like...?

Ruby + Lottie are running a giveaway at the minute, it's for a Little Us doll.  Kimberley asks which is most like your daughter?

It's interesting to see all the characters of the dolls, as I think Little Miss is a mixture.

She is Chloe.  Everything has to be pink, i'm not sure where she got this from as I hate pink!  Even 'I can cook' on cbeebies is described as 'pink I can cook' in our house (translated: 'i can cook on the go').  She is constantly singing and dancing.  Little Man loves it...he loves playing 'row, row, row, the boat', having 'twinkle, twinkle little star' being sung to him.  But she loves it even more when dancing and singing come together, with 'ring a ring a roses' and 'sleeping bunnies'.

She is Amelia.  She is incredibly cautious, which comes across as shy.  She loves her books and we spend hours reading at home, no bedtime is complete without two stories (and three songs...little miss Chloe!).

She is Ruby.  She is after all a 3 year old, a diva in the making.  She is learning the boundaries, what is good behaviour and what is bad.  And as for being grown up, Little Miss has probably worn more make up in her short life, than I ever have...thanks to granny!

She is Millie.  She can't cope without going outside at least once every day.  She plays will all the boys at nursery, and all I ever hear at home is 'mummy, I count to three, you hide'!  She chooses her clothes of a day, and although she will happily wear dresses and skirts it's all of her own choosing.

So which Little Us doll is she most like?  All of them!  She is a three year old contrary Mary after all!

Friday, 14 June 2013

Listen to me

My daughter often asks me to 'listen to me mummy' or 'talk to me mummy'; often getting it the wrong way around, and expecting me to talk when she asks me to listen, or listen when she asks me to talk.  It's endearing.

What isn't endearing is medical professionals not listening to their patients.

Throughout my pregnancy with Little Man I tried to raise my concerns.  Noone listened.  My medical notes at the GP show this clearly.  I'm described as a GUM nurse, a Health Care Assistant and a Senior Registrar.  I'm none of these.

The registrar I saw the week before Little Man was born didn't listen.  Even when I tried to explain, she tried to look 'big' with her medical student there, and point blank ignored my comments.  I was 32 weeks pregnant.  I'd had multiple episodes of high blood pressure.  I wasn't being monitored properly, but the lovely pregnancy complications unit were looking after me as well as they could (informally).  The latest instructions (after an attendance to the labour ward with raised blood pressure) was to increase the medications if my blood pressure remained high.  My appointment my blood pressure was high.  The response, increase the meds if you're BP is still high next time you're checked, and come back to clinic in 4 weeks.

'4 weeks?!'  My daughter was born before 4 weeks were up.  I asked for a earlier appointment, and was denied.  I explained my reasons, but no, 4 weeks it was.

My medications were increased the next day.  I had my son 10 days later, emergency c-section for pre-eclampsia, at 33+5 weeks.

My consultant listened.  She was shocked, that someone like me had pre-eclampsia again.  There are no obvious reasons why I am at risk of this condition.