Kate's Blog

Follow me if you will as I try to navigate through the ups and downs of my world.

I'm writing this blog to help me make sense of all that has happened - from my diagnosis with non-Hodgkins lymphoma while pregnant with my third child in May 2008
, through to my reflections on chaotic family life as I try to pick up the pieces of my life again.

The kids are so small, and I'm working hard to keep us all safe and to stay in remission.

Stay with me - it won't be all doom and gloom I promise!

Monday, 4 January 2010


It's too snowy now - the novelty is wearing off. It's one thing when we can all mess around at home, making snowmen, walking to the park and playing with the woodburner but quite another when everyone has to go to work and school.

It's freezing - well below freezing - and the old cliche regarding the British inability to cope with wintry weather, is proving to be true. Our car is rubbish in the snow, is not 4-wheel drive, and slips if it even smells ice. And the kids' school is on a very steep hill. And I need to go into town tomorrow. GRRRR.

On a different note, my scan appointment came through. Next Thursday. And the results as soon as possible after that. Every time I think about it I feel weak with horror.

Quite a while ago I wrote a post about my son Ed's haemophilia and how I'm learning to give him his IV treatment at home. Last week was the first time I treated him completely on my own and it was a success. Today I was unable to bloody well find a vein and after poking around in the poor child's arm I had to give up. It's so frustrating - and he's so amazingly good. I'm going to have one more try tomorrow morning and then ring the haemophilia centre if I can't manage. It's so important to me to be able to do this smoothly and well. But, sometimes the nurses who've been doing it forever aren't able to do it either, so I'll have to be patient with myself.

Christmas seems a long way off already!


Menopausal New Mom said...

I hear ya on the snow. We have had a storm the last two days and finally clear enough now to venture out.

You are a brave women to treat your son. What a brave little boy. You are one special mom.

I'm thinking positive thoughts for you with your upcoming scan :)

Rebecca S. said...

January comes at a bad time.

Sending positives vibes your way++))))))))).

Tracey said...

It's no much, but I said nice things about you in my current post and lumped you in with some pretty talented company. Do you feel a little warmer?

Mummy mania said...

Will be sending you lots of (warm) thoughts on Thursday... and as for treating your son - brave woman! well done. I nearly passed out when Poppy broke her arm recently. this is a tough time for you, but stay strong. and watch that snow - I've already crashed the car!

diney said...

I'm a bit fed up with the snow now, too. Sledging again today!! (Arrggh!). Good luck with your scan - all fingers crossed for you. Your Ed must be such a very, very brave little boy. Little E has a very low threshold of pain, and is terrified of injections, so goodness knows how she would manage. All good thoughts to you x