Wayhayhay – look at this – free wifi in the middle of a hospital thoroughfare



I’m sitting on a vinyl lounge in the middle of a hospital thoroughfare in my jimmyjams!

I am, however, wearing supportive undergarments.

There’s enough blood and trauma going on around here without me taking out an eye or giving someone concussion with my unsupported mammaries.

AND LOOK! Free WIFI! which I keep typing as wife which, when you think about it, would be a pretty awesome free thing to have. I’m about 10 metres from Oscar’s ward and seeing as he’s doped out on morphine figured I could snatch a moment at 9.10pm and check my emails and let you all know WE’RE ALIVE! WE’RE ALIVE!

so here’s how the last 24 hours have progressed:

This time last night I decided I needed to clean up the bigger boys bedroom in case we do need to bring Oscar’s old bed back in as we can’t transfer him from wheelchair to his new bed due to monumental height differences. Of course, somewhere between picking up all the fucking lego* and trying to step over the corner of the trundle (which is one wheels) but just stepping on it slightly and moving with it before catching myself I set my back back to where it was last Monday.

I kid you not. The back is BACK. Totally fucked. I would tell you how many anti-inflammatories I’ve had today but I’m worried my liver would pitch a fit.

SO, this morning when I got up at 5.17am and was basically completely immobile I knew it was going to be an AWESOME day.

Oscar was totally prepared in that he wet the bed and got up, had a shower and wanted to go now, Now, NOW?

We eventually left (you should seriously see how I packed for us both – appalling. Truly appalling) and got to the hospital late. I was impressed with just how little I cared. I mean, they were hardly going to send up home.

So in we went to ambulatory care where there was as much joy de vivre as a school reunion – many staff who hadn’t seen us in 18 months and were marvelling at how big Oscar has got.

Can I say, I was BLOWN away by Oscar and how together he was. There was the occasional tear but that kid, that kid was AWESOME.

Oh, and let’s just do a shout out to play therapists – what legends they are.

After seeing the surgeon and the anaesthetist   (another goddamn legend) we waited.

And waited.

And waited.

Because Oscar was having both legs done and the tendon surgery to boot (haha geddit) his was going to be the longest procedure so guess who got to go last!


Think of not having had anything to eat from 6.30pm. Then think about being pretty anxious about major surgery. Think about being at the hospital from 7.30am but then having to wait until 1PM to go in.

My child? A TROOPER

(I’m now LYING on my stomach on the floor in said thoroughfare with Eleanor’s wheat pack on my back while I type. What can I say, I HAVE NO SHAME. That and back pain will make me do pretty much anything. And do you think an overdose of anti-inflammatories can present like being slightly tipsy? My inhibitions**? GAWN.)

SO, while I was shuffling around we knew he’d be in theatres for at least 3 if not 4 hours.

Cue the ever generous spirit of Eleanor. From the comment box!

We crashed at her place for the MOST sublime sponge cake the size of the Icelandic volcano riopagkjhrauthlsk;e (made by her mother no less) and cups of sugared tea and a floor I knew I wouldn’t catch anything off to do my back stretches. THEN she presented me with a gift (FROM HER MOTHER – cue Jewish grandmother stereotypes here) AND a stack of magazines including VANITY FAIR and HELLO! Reading AND classy trash. Delicious.

We headed back to the hospital, walked into the recovery torture chamber waiting room and about two minutes later the anaesthetist came and told us it was all done.

I’ve told you before, we’re all about the timing.

A little while later we were summoned into recovery and there was our little man. With plaster casts the weight of a small child on each leg.

I can’t believe we’re here. It’s done. It all went totally according to plan and the left foot had some other work done to it above what was expected but the surgeon said it will help in the long run, that his heels look ‘fantastic’ now and well, let’s get the recovery show on the road.

He’s pretty dopey tonight, I’ve not mentioned the pre-med which made him loopy and all the other bits but he is good, the surgery went well and I’ll be sleeping on a chair tonight.

I need to say thank you for all your support and reassurance and words of love – I can not tell you what it has done for my soul. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

* a complete aside but I love how in America you call maths math but you give lego the plural legos whereas it is the other way around in Australia. Don’t you find that curious?

** yeah I know, as if I have inhibitions.

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  • Zoe

    Yay! And yay for emergency internet cakeage.


  • •´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´•

    Wishing both you & Oscar a speedy recovery.

  • Bianca

    Glad to hear the op went well. Hope recovery is speedy and thorough.

    Damned lego.

  • Anonymous

    Great news -stay sane(ish!)Shivi1/Siobhan

  • Mary

    Thank you universe!

    For Oscar's good health.

    the back? maybe not so much..

  • jac

    So glad to hear Oscar came through with flying colours!
    And can't you manage to trip a passing physio or something whilst lying down, in the hope they take pity on you and rick your back into correctness? No?

  • Badger

    Oh, yay! I'm so glad everything went well for Oscar. I just knew it would.

    You and your back, OMG.

    Of COURSE you Antipodeans do everything backwards from us. Your drains even go the wrong way! But I like knowing that if I dug a hole in my backyard and kept on digging right through the magma and whatnot, provided I hit just the right angle (trigonometry would be involved; should have paid more attention when they taught that in MATH class) it might come straight through to your backyard. We could install our own Chunnel. With a speed train. Far out.

  • Fe

    Yeah!! YEAH!! Yeah for Oscar and the surgeons and doctors!! And YEAH YEAH for Eleanor and her thoughtfullness…

    And YEAH for free hospital wi-fi!!

    Now we just have to fix your back.


  • Tania

    Thank ye Gods for most of that (not the back bit).

  • Paola

    I've been out shopping with a friends and kept on thinking about you both. So relieved to hear it all went well. Wish you a speedy recovery for Ogga!
    And you made me laugh with your mammaries gag up there … Even under such stress you makes LAUGH!
    And that Eleanor, ready in times of need like this. Precious.
    Be well my dear.

  • Duyvken

    I am SO pleased to read this, K!
    I've been checking and wondering how it all went. I hope you feel a little better in the morning and that Oscar has a good day tomorrow.
    lots of love from me, A.

  • barbra

    I am so glad that it went so well for Oscar! I am sorry about your back and will be thinking about both of you and hoping for quick recoveries!

  • blackbird

    I am so very glad you've checked in with us, what with the lying about on the floor and such. And I'm delighted that Oscar is doing so well.
    I've been thinking of you CONSTANTLY. CONSTANTLY, I TELL YOU.
    I've been to the post office and if the customs people are lovely you should have a package in 6 to 10 days.
    Don't you find THAT curious, Miss Legos/Maths? I suppose we can only blame the volcano.

    Keep us posted!

  • jodie

    That eleanor is legend… I have been thinking of you and thinking we would be waiting days and days to see how it all went….
    I'm so glad the operation went well….and the back ?
    I'm a farm girl, so I'm just saying its lucky you're not a horse.

  • kurrabikid

    Yay! It's good to hear the op went well…

  • kim at allconsuming

    Thanks one and all – I tell you, I wish less for one of the physios to take pity on me and more for the nurses to slip me one of Oscar's diazapans (for those not in the know, that would be a VALIUM).

    I'm learning all manner of things – like that I have hip bones somewhere in there because they did not appreciate 'sleeping' on a yoga mat. I hear today he may be moved to a bed that has a fold-out bed beside him. Sweet!

    Also – morhpine good for pain but works even better with paracetamol. Also – good for pain but not muscle spasms, of which they expect Oscar to suffer quite badly after 'such a massive amount of Ortho work'. Oi.

    So the valium is for the muscle spams – how my back would love one of those.

    Jesus – this is reading like it is still all about me, which it so totally isn't but what can I say about the Mighty Ogga Boy? He's teary, miserable, doesn't know what to do with himself, hungry but not hungry and all in those small windows of being awake in between those weird drug-induced hazy sleeps.

    Jodie – you are so right, so lucky I'm not a horse.

    And again I say – knowing you are all thinking/praying/rooting for us just does the most amazing things to my soul.

    In other news, after fierce competition Felix was selected as goalie for the school's PSSA soccer team. Yes, 2010 is really the Year of Felix.


  • Kate

    Poor Oscar, sounds like lots of not fun – and for you, too. But worth it, one hopes. Fingers crossed for your back (because that's something that seems like a bonus uneccessary trial) and the valium.

    And hoorah for Eleanor! I want to be her when I grow up. Unfortunately I am nothing like her, but we all need a dream, right?

  • peskypixies

    so pleased it all went well.
    yah for Oscar and yah for Eleanor and yah for cake and yah for wifi!!!!

    bugga for the back pain though….can you bribe someone for a valium???

    hugs hugs hugs

  • Mrs Woog

    Tell us more about the cake.

    Kidding Kim – glad Oscar is ok. I bloody love surgeons. A few days sleeping on a chair will do wonders for your back. XO

  • Anonymous

    Oh my dear, so happy to hear the surgery went well! Oscar is a champion!

    Lots of love to you, your back, and that incredible boy.


  • sooz

    Free wifi, geez they know what a mother really needs. I mean, who needs a bed, sleep, pain killers when you get free internet. That's it, I'm moving to Sydney.

    Excellent news. Tell Oscar Amy says Hi and she's really glad he's gonna have killer pins just like his ma. OK, I made that last bit up but she totally would have said that if she was, well, me. Thinking of you dude.

  • Suse

    Wait. The Americans say legos??

    Glad it all went well. I'm chuckling at the picture of you in your jarmies lying on the floor in the middle of the hospital corridor.

    Take care,