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Operation complete

August 18th, 2010 · 4 Comments · health, hearing, illness, julien, medical, oliver, photo

Today, a mere17 months after first consulting a doctor regarding Oliver’s hearing, he underwent surgery to insert grommets in both ears. Oliver and I were up at 6.30am prompt and given that he wasn’t allowed any food or drink from the midnight just passed, it wasn’t too difficult for us to get ready and be […]

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Now hear this

June 8th, 2010 · 7 Comments · education, health, hearing, medical, oliver, parenting, speech

About a year ago I took Oliver to an ENT consultant about his hearing. The consultant said he may have “glue ear” and that he may grow out of it. Then a few months ago I noticed his hearing was definitely a problem. At night with his right ear on the pillow, I could talk […]

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Nothing’s gonna stop us now

June 4th, 2010 · 11 Comments · bike, biking, charity, Fatherhood Friday, hayley, health, illness, medical

Oliver and Lucy at the start, Mummy in background with bike and fellow riders. Being a Dad is not just about what we do ourselves, it is sometimes about supporting the rest of our family in what they want to do. And with that excuse, this Fatherhood Friday I am turning the spotlight on my […]

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Lucy – the updates

May 4th, 2010 · No Comments · bedtime, illness, lucy, medical, sleep

Thanks to everyone who has been asking how Lucy is after last week’s croup episode. The medicine they gave her in A&E seemed to see her through the worst as she slept quite well the next night – helped by the fact she was in our bed with Hayley – and after that she improved […]

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Truly scary

April 30th, 2010 · 5 Comments · asthma, croup, health, illness, lucy, medical, sleep

Last night I was busily updating Hayley’s business website when I heard Lucy cry out from her bedroom next door. I listened after the first cry to see if she would settle or wake. After the second cry I went in to her. Immediately I heard her coughing a very dry cough, but more alarmingly […]

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Big stuff (it’s all relative)

April 1st, 2010 · 5 Comments · asthma, diary, health, illness, lucy, medical, sleep, stockport

A few things have happened in the last day or so that you might class as “big” events, though as you’ll see, size is always relative. (Apologies: this is going to put detail ahead of readability.) Yesterday morning we got the news of which school Oliver will go to. You select your first three choices. […]

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Desmond James Rodgers (1933 – 2008)

November 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment · death, illness, lucy, marriage, medical, oliver, wedding

Grampy Des with Oliver and Lucy, September 2007 It is with the greatest sadness that I have to write that after a short illness Hayley’s Dad died on Tuesday. About three weeks ago he was admitted to hospital with relatively little concern. However tests revealed that he had advanced lung cancer with secondary tumors. For […]

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The weird and the wonderous

October 1st, 2008 · No Comments · medical

I’ve had an odd couple of days. Yesterday I had what politicians would call “a frank exchange of views with line management”. I’d call it taking unfair verbal pounding. In all my 21 years in industry I left work yesterday more stressed, and indeed distressed, than I can ever remember. I must have looked depressed […]

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New Zealand’s out then

September 4th, 2008 · No Comments · food, health, illness, medical, oliver

As we enter a wet British autumn after a wet British summer, my mind sometimes starts to turn to sunnier climes and dreams of raising our children away from headlines of stabbings and a life of scraping money together to pay for a mammoth mortgage on a modest home. I’m sure we won’t do it, […]

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In the blink of an eye

August 22nd, 2008 · No Comments · eyes, medical, nurse, oliver

About a month or so ago I noticed that Oliver was blinking in a very pronounced way and quite frequently. It gave the impression that perhaps he couldn’t see well. He would do it when watching TV but also at other times. When I tried to ask him whether he could see OK he said […]

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