Friday Focus 23/02/18 – Not quite what I was expecting

It’s been one of those weeks where things haven’t quite gone as expected. We had a bit of unexpected drama when out shopping at the weekend when two guys on motorbikes suddenly came speeding through the pedestrian zone followed by armed police. Sophie had been chasing the pigeons a couple of minutes earlier. I’m so thankful that she’d stopped and was just standing next to us when the bikes came through as she would have been right in their path. I’m not entirely sure what was going on but hopefully they got caught.


Unexpected - this week's word of the week


Jessica had her post-Fontan check-up on Monday. Hubby had originally planned to come along with us,  but was hit by a stomach bug which laid him low for a couple of days. Thankfully the check-up itself went fairly well – Jessica’s heart function looked good on the echo and she seems to be recovering well from her surgery.


Her sats are not as good as they would like post-Fontan though – they were around 78 which is similar to her pre-op levels. Hopefully they will start improving over time, but if not she might need to have an MRI to investigate further. We have another check-up in four months’ time, and in the meantime Jessica will have her sats checked monthly by our community nurse.


Jessica having an echo


Jessica’s consultant was happy for her to start back at school again – part-time this week and then back to full-time next week if she coped well. She was so excited to be back at school and see her friends again. As lovely as it was to homeschool her over the last few weeks, I was looking forward to a bit of free time and a chance to catch up on the to-do list. Unfortunately, that’s when it was my turn to get hit by the stomach bug. Thank goodness hubby was able to work from home and take over parenting as it completely knocked me out of action. Two days on and I’m feeling better, although still feel a bit delicate.


The girls both had a bit of an upset tummy at the start of the weekend. I’m hoping that they got the bug first and got off lightly. It certainly got worse when it passed from hubby to me. Fingers crossed we don’t have another round of it still to go!



Things I have loved this week:

  • Hearing Peanut’s heartbeat at my midwife appointment.


  • A brief catch up with hubby’s cousin and her twin girls.


  • Seeing how happy Jessica was at being able to go back to school. She’s coped well with being back and I think she’ll be fine to be full-time again next week.


A very happy Jessica after her first day back at school


  • The Princess Poppy dress-up outfit that Auntie Maxine bought for Jessica and Sophie.


Sophie in her Princess Poppy dress-up outfit


  • A family meal to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday.


Sophie, hubby, Jessica, Grandma, Grandad and me at a meal to celebrate Grandma's birthday


  • Finally getting to try out the graphics tablet that hubby bought me for Christmas – just need some time to play around with it now!


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26 thoughts on “Friday Focus 23/02/18 – Not quite what I was expecting

  1. Oh no, there’s so many bugs going around at the moment, they are horrible. Hopefully you’ve all seen the back of it now. Those bikes sound scary, especially as Sophie was just there, glad you’re all safe and sound. Hope Jessica’s sats show improvements soon x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    1. Fingers crossed we stay bug-free for a bit! The bikes were scary – I was so busy reassuring the girls that it was all okay that it didn’t hit me for a few moments just how easily Sophie could have been in their path. Really shook me up for a bit – I don’t think she’ll be chasing pigeons in the shopping centre for a while!

    1. Thank you Kim. Her sats were better when we saw the paediatrician yesterday so hopefully they are starting to improve x

  2. The tummy bug sounds awful, I hope you are all better now x Jessica looks happy to be back at school, I hope her SATS improve soon. It’s quite unnerving when you have something happen like the motorbike instance, it really gets you thinking what if doesn’t it. It really doesn’t do to dwell on it. (although I still dwell on the what ifs when my older kids got washed out by the tide many many years ago and I couldn’t reach them. It was all down to a complete stranger who swam out to them and rescued them that they are here now, he was the only other person in the sea at that time!) #wotw

    1. Oh my goodness how terrifying that must have been for you. So glad that there was someone else in the sea who was able to rescue them.

  3. Oh gosh what a fright for you with the motorbikes, I’m so glad Sophie wasn’t in their path. Lovely to see that Jessica is managing back at school too and I do hope you are all well next week.

    1. Thank you Nat, feeling much better this week and Jessica is back on full days and coping well so far x

  4. Oh its so awful when everyone is ill, hope you are both feeling better and the girls escape it, there is so much of it about. And well done Jessica I hope the sats start to improve soon x

    1. Thank you Sarah. We are all much better this week and fingers crossed for no more bugs for a while! Jessica’s sats were a little better at her paediatrician check-up yesterday so hopefully they will start to improve x

  5. Oh my goodness Louise, so glad none of you were harmed although it must have been very scary. Hope you are recovering from the tummy bug, it’s the one thing I dread us all getting as it totally wipes you out doesn’t it. How lovely that Jessica is able to go back to school, she looks very happy about it. How cute does Sophie look in that costume ! x #WotW

    1. Thank you Angela – it was quite scary and hopefully no-one was hurt. We are all much better this week and Jessica is enjoying being back full-time now 🙂

  6. How lovely for Jessica to be back at school. I hope her sats improve over the next few months, it must be reassuring to know that she is being so closely monitored x #wotw

    1. Thanks Louisa, they were better at our paediatric check-up yesterday so fingers crossed they will start to improve

  7. Hope they caught them. Whenever I hear a siren it makes me wish that they get there in time to sort things. Hope you have all recovered from the sickness bugs too. It’s that time of year when the bugs are doing their rounds. #WotW

    1. Thanks Jane – it did knock me sideways but thankfully we’re all much better this week x

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