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.