Monday, January 23, 2012

A Mothers View: Becky

Hi All

For those of you who dont know me, i am Becky and i am mum to a beautiful little girl who turned 14 months yesterday :) and like many of your children, Hollie has lm.

Hollie's birth wasnt easy, she was 17 days late and born by emergency c section, and she was in SCBU for 8 days, she was born with a collapsed left lung and had to have surgery at 6 hours old to reinflate it. However at 2 days old Hollie became 'noisy'. She was scoped 3 times in her first 8 days of life, and was diagnosed with suspected mild Lm. At 2.5 weeks old we were referred to our local
Children's hospital where Hollie was scoped again and officially diagnosed with Laryngomalacia :), and so our noisy and medicated life started :).

We were very lucky as Hollie only had mild Lm, and although at the time everything seemed like a battle, her main problem was reflux but after a while it was under control with medication, and Hollie started to thrive although her weight gain was minimal, it was regular and she followed her centile. Don't get me wrong, it was hard, bottles were a nightmare and it would take hours for Hollie to have 4oz. I was physically and mentally exhausted! I had a good support network from my husband and mum, but as a mum, as Hollie's mum, i felt i had to cope and if anybody else tried to help i felt i was a failure as it was MY job as Hollie's mum to care for her and if i couldnt do that 24 hours a day 7 days a week i had failed Hollie. So our journey into the world of Lm and coping began.

Over my next few blogs i will share our journey, the highs and the lows, the good and the bad. BUT remember things will always get easier :)

Love Becky xx

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