Saturday, July 01, 2017

Visitors

It could not come on a worse day as there are huge road and tram works underway downstairs, however while we were shopping Ex Sis in Law called to see what we were doing Saturday afternoon. Hippie Niece has been moved to much better environs at the hospital where she will be treated for postnatal depression. She was given a three hour release from hospital today and asked if she could could come here to our place. Who are we to say no.

Luckily the call came while we were shopping and so could stock up for their visit. Isn't gluten free expensive, required for Hippie Niece. It wasn't just Ex Sis in Law and Niece. Ex Sis in Law brought along the baby twins and Oldest Niece came and brought along Little M and Little Em.

Our neighbours in the carpark have not used their tandem space for a long time, and because of the works outside, there was absolutely no parking to be found, so we brought Ex Sis in Law's car and Oldest Niece's car into those car spaces and left a note on the windscreen with my phone number.

Hippie Niece had become anxious by one of her daughters crying in the car, the confusion of the roads to get here and then the noise from the works once they were here. She has put on a lot of weight, was pale and listless and not her usual gabby self. It was so sad to see such a normally bright and bubbly person like that.

Oldest Niece took Hippie Niece across the road to McDonald's for food which also gave her some beneficial exercise as it was a decent diverted walk to get straight across the road. That left us and Ex Sis in Law with two nearly three month old babies, a three year old and an 18 month old. It was actually better then. Little M and Little Em both used heated sausage rolls as dipping implements to eat tomato sauce. I remember Little Jo doing the same. They had already filled up on crisps and other bad food. We rounded off the bad food day with lamington sponge and gluten free cakes for Hippie Niece.

Bone Doctor was once a registrar at the postnatal depression care beds at the hospital where Hippie Niece now is and told us that once she is eventually admitted, she will get the best of best appropriate treatment. Any question we asked Bone Doctor about the care was replied to with, "It depends", which is probably as it should be.

To say we were exhausted is an understatement........and then we had to go out for dinner with a friend. I like to give Household Management a night off from cooking at least twice a week, once with a meal out and once with takeaway. We did not hang around after dinner and I looked at the clock when we arrived home and it said 7:52. Party animals, not! I have to work early tomorrow anyway.

Children are quite lovely, but I am glad we don't have any. R who once wanted children might even now agree with me.

I looked at Doctor Google about postpartum depression, a newer and posher name. I came across this video. Interesting.

14 comments:

  1. Goodness what a day Andrew! It is a fact that children are exhausting, I think that's why it's usual to have them when you're young enough to cope ☺ I really hope Hippie Niece finds things easier soon, thank goodness she has lots of support. Let's hope Sunday is a wee bit quieter ☺

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    1. Grace, I am working today......that is probably easier.

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  2. I agree with Grace, you need to be young and energetic to be able to care for kids.
    Hope you niece gets good care at the hospital.

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    1. Sami, we just have to trust that our medical system will look after her. It has so far, right through her pregnancy and still is.

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  3. What a day.
    I am so glad that Hippie Niece is getting support and loved that she wanted to come to you on her day release.
    I hope things just get better and better for her.
    And yes, children ARE exhausting.

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    1. EC, what a day was the phrase we used after they left.

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  4. "dipping implements to eat tomato sauce" it's a universal kid thing :)
    It's nice to have Hippie Niece get some time out in between treatments, she can connect with the babies and others and see different sights.
    Saturdays are my junk food days too.

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    1. River, for truly how miserable she looked, there was little point in her time out. She had five hours time out today, and it was hoped she would catch up with a couple of friends for lunch or see a movie.

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  5. Sorry to hear Hippie Niece isn't doing so well but good to hear she's got support x

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    1. Fen, she has a lot of support, but that does not seem to help at all. The support she has just picks up the pieces. Quelle tragique.

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  6. Never had any desire for children, ever! Yes, gluten free is crazy expensive as I know as John is celiac.

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    1. Jackie, they are ok as brief visitors, but they do make a mess. Gluten free seems to be 1/3 to 1/2 more expensive than the usual product.

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  7. I hope she gets back to her old self soon.

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    1. Strayer, it is going to take time, but we hope she will.

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