Friday Focus 10/11/17 – Postponing the surgery

I wasn’t sure if I would be sharing my usual Friday Focus update this week because Jessica was due to have her surgery yesterday. However, we were warned on Tuesday evening that the ward and PICU were both very busy and to wait for confirmation of a bed before leaving home on Wednesday. As we’d suspected would be the case, Jessica’s surgery has had to be postponed and has now been re-booked for Tuesday 21st November.


Postponed - this week's word of the week


It’s hard knowing that we have to go through the build-up all over again. Jessica was quite disappointed that her “sleepover” was cancelled. It’s better that it happens at the right time though – and with the ward and PICU being so busy, this week just wasn’t the right time.


On the plus side, it means that we have a little more time to spend together as a family before we go into hospital for Jessica’s surgery. Hubby was away until Monday this week and I think it was quite hard for him to go straight from very-busy-with-a-big-event mode to having-to-think-about-hospital mode. At least this way, he has time to relax a little, enjoy time with the girls and refocus before we have to step on that hospital rollercoaster.

Things I have loved this week:

  • Catching up with a friend at a garden centre while our girls had fun in the soft play.


Sophie with her friend sitting on a bench next to a donkey in one of the Christmas displays


  • Jessica being awarded her bronze reading raccoon for reading 25 books so far this school year.



Sophie and Jessica playing Knack 2 on the PS4 at the PlayStation Kids and Parenting Showcase


  • Hubby being home again.


  • Making a “children’s hospital in a box” for Jessica so she can take some of her Playmobil hospital figures and furniture with her on her “sleepover”.


A clip-lock box with pictures of a children's hospital interior stuck to the inside to make a "children's hospital in a box"


  • All the lovely thoughtful cards and messages from friends and family in the run-up to the original surgery date. Jessica especially loved the Rosie, the cuddly dog she was given at Girls’ Brigade and the card from her friends at school.


  • Borrowing hubby’s scooter so the girls and I could ride scooters to the park together.


  • Being able to enjoy an afternoon at Langley Park when we should have been in hospital having all the pre-op tests.


Me, hubby, Jessica and Sophie at Langley Park



The Reading Residence


  1. November 10, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Oh no, sorry to hear that surgery was postponed it must have been very frustrating for you. Looking at the positives from the delay is definitely the best thing to do. I love the hospital box, it’s such a fantastic idea. The girls look like they have had lots of fun this week, the playstation event looks brilliant. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend x #WotW

    • Louise
      November 10, 2017 / 10:04 am

      Thanks Angela. It is frustrating but at least we get to enjoy some more family time before we have to go back into hospital. Hope you have a lovely weekend too 🙂

  2. November 10, 2017 / 10:03 am

    I’m sorry her op was cancelled, you seem to be taking it well though. I love your hospital in a box, what a great idea. I’m sure she’ll be up and playing with it soon after her op. it sounds like you’ve had a lovely week and you are really making the most of your pre-op time xxx

    • Louise
      November 10, 2017 / 10:05 am

      Thanks Anne, these things happen – just have to make the best of it! 🙂

  3. November 10, 2017 / 10:18 am

    I’m sorry to hear it was postponed but I agree, it’s better to do it at the right time, it wasn’t meant to be last time. Thinking of you all in the build up to the next date.

    • Louise
      November 10, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Thank you Nat x

  4. November 10, 2017 / 11:10 am

    This must be frustrating when you’ve all built yourselves up to it, but one of those things that do happen, I suppose. It’s good that you’re seeing the bright side and helpful that it gives your husband time to move from work mode to family and hospital mode x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Louise
      November 10, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Thanks Jocelyn. I’m glad that it gives us a little more family time – it was so hard for hubby having to go straight from work mode to preparing-for-hospital mode and I think having a little more time will help x

  5. November 10, 2017 / 11:56 am

    You are holding your frustrations together so well, but you are so right. It will happen at the right time. All the more difficult when you have to help Jessica throught the delay. Hope she understands. #wotw

    • Louise
      November 10, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you Cheryl. She is fine now that we have a new date but was very disappointed when it was cancelled.

  6. November 10, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I am so sorry it was postponed Hun. Lovely post though full
    Of Positivity and you are so right it is better to have it at a quieter time. Big hugs

    • Louise
      November 10, 2017 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks Catie x

  7. November 10, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Sending love and hugs. I am so sorry the surgery was postponed. It really is so frustrating but these things happen 🙁
    It sounds like you have had a lovely week. The hospital in a box is such a lovely idea. x

    • Louise
      November 10, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Thank you Kim. It is frustrating but as you say, these things happen and it can’t be helped x

  8. November 10, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Oh no – I clicked right away when I saw your #wotw. I’m glad it has given you a bit more prep time with hubby at home but it’s also more time feeling nervous too. Hugs.

    • Louise
      November 10, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Thank you Ann. It is nice to have a little more family time together before we go back into hospital, but yes more time feeling nervous too x

  9. November 11, 2017 / 4:27 am

    That sucks with the postponement, I can imagine it being very frustrating, i like the hospital in a box, cool idea. Gorgeous photo of you all together X #wotw

    • Louise
      November 11, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Thank you. It is frustrating but can’t be helped. At least we have a date now! x

  10. November 14, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Ah that is very frustrating having to wait longer to have the surgery but best it is done at a better time to suit everyone. #WotW

    • Louise
      November 15, 2017 / 8:12 am

      It is frustrating but yes better to have it happen at a less busy time.

  11. November 15, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Ah I am so sorry it was postponed I bet you don’t know whether you are coming of going? But well done on your reading racoon Jessica thats so great x

    • Louise
      November 16, 2017 / 8:28 am

      Thank you Sarah. At least we got the new date through quickly and weren’t left in limbo for too long x

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