Thursday, 31 May 2018
Early December 2017 my dad suffered a severe stroke. He lives with my mum. A few days leading up to his admission to hospital my mum expressed concern to me that my dad was starting to act strange. She said he was trying to use the remote control as a phone, thinking he had lost his car keys and not making much sense in what he was saying.
I responded to my mum by saying to just keep an eye on him.... I went through a list of conditions it could be such as a urinary tract infection and even said stroke but thought that was the worst case scenario.
As a nursing student my mum knows she can ask me for advice, even though I may not have all the answers.
The morning of his hospital admission my mum phoned me. She said that my dad was not speaking at all and looked strange. I immediately went over to her house.
When I arrived I walked straight in to see my dad sitting on the lounge. I noticed straight away that the right side of his face had drooped and he had saliva all over his face. I asked "DAD, are you ok???" I then noticed he could not communicate at all, he had lost his speech. I then pretty much determined it was a stroke and rang the ambulance.
I stayed on the phone to the ambulance until the paramedics arrived. They also thought it was stroke and took him to the hospital straight away for further tests.
At hospital it was revealed my dad suffered an ischaemic stroke (blocked artery) that effected 3 lobes.
After a week in hospital and seeing some improvements in my dads speech and mobility we got the news that my dad had been found out in the car park of the hospital and a further scan revealed he had a bleed on his brain and he went back downhill.
My dad spent almost 3 months in that hospital trying to recovery.
Now my dad is home with my mum and she is his full time carer with the help from us kids.
He is doing so much better now he is home. He was malnourished while in hospital and has been steadily gaining weight and eating healthier now.
His communication is still a daily struggle. He struggles to find the right words and sometimes it sounds as if he is speaking another language but is slowly improving.
He used to walk with a walking stick which he still uses now but is 5x slower.
We never thought this would happen to our family even though he ticked all the risk factor boxes. As a family we have all came together to do what we have to do. This incident has helped me understand the importance of family and has really made me think that we are lucky to still have him and to cherish the time we have together.
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
I hope everyone had a awesome Christmas and New Year. I cant wait to see what this year holds for me I really hope it's a lot better and easier then last year. We're finally prepared for Cienna to start school (happy dance) and I'm excited to start my cert IV in mental Health. As a mum Iv always doubted myself and thought I'm not good enough or doing good enough, but I can say looking back at last year and having some of the biggest hurdles thrown at me and dealing with what I went though. I can say how proud I am of how far I have come and what I have achieved at such a low time in my life. Bring on 2018 I wish everyone happiness and success xxx
Monday, 11 December 2017
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
My daughter has started kindy orientation, first day was rough she kept telling me she hated it. She had been told off about 3 times before we got into the class room for taking her shoes off(she hates wearing shoes lol) and my god I have never felt so many eyes on me! I'm the youngest mum there, all others are well in late 20s early 30s. I wanted to leave I didn't want to stay I was so Overwhelmed with judgement. LUCKILY the teacher is aware of ciennas issues and spoke to me directly and assured me she's happy to work with us. I'm looking forward to next year, a little scared but excited :). Cienna rubs it in and says mum your baby is going to big school how do you feel? 😂
Bring on 2018
Friday, 1 September 2017
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
I feel like everything is just out to make my life harder 😩 I have done everything I had to, to get my child medicated and to try and get on top of her ADHD. But I feel like its worse now everything she does is whinged about like its a excuse for her behavior or I'm constantly asked has she had her meds today where before they just had to Deal with it Weather they liked it or not, I've given ideas and strategies for her daycare to trial and see what works better for her while she is at daycare, and I don't think they are doing it, I'm trying to make it easier for them and her, and now because of all this I'm finding myself dreading picking her up because she's had a feral day and then comes home and is the same it's so hard. After a long day I would like to relax for five minutes or not even relax just a half decent behaved child, it's almost like what she's doing at daycare she will then come home and continue the same behavior. I'm at a loss on what to do.
Sunday, 6 August 2017
Urrggghhh I dont think I'm ready for my baby girl to go out into the big world 😫 where has time gone she will be 5 next month and it only feels like yesterday she was starting to walk and talk, everyone's all about preparing the child for big school what about us parents Aha ?? As the year ends and it's getting closer to her going to big school I'm starting to freak out. I'm hoping she has a teacher who understands her and can help her as she has adhd and can take abit to settle down, and people just think shes naughty rather then understanding her. Please tell me I'l be fine lol.
Just my first world problem for today :)