Operation Day: every cloud…

The silver lining in the cloud.

BB’s operation was in medical terms, a success. I am not sure BB would describe it as such but medically she should have a happy hip in years to come.

The day started at four am and finished at nine pm; my daughter handled herself with a gentle grace that made me swell with pride. She beamed at the anaesthetic and floated off to sleep with a smile tingling on her lips. She awoke with a chatter and regaled the nurses with gibberish tales of her drug induced dreams, pausing only to shed a tear when she saw her mummy arrive.

She is scared, I see her fear in her eyes when we lift her from the bed, this new weight binds her legs and she is too little to really understand.

She is brave, she has coped with every wire, every probe, every check. She has yanked at my heart when she has smiled her thanks to the team looking after her.

And did you know, when she sleeps the heart monitor shows us her heart beats about 100 times a minute. When she sleeps and we lay our lips on her forehead trying to erase her pain with a kiss her heart beats just a little bit faster.

What an incredible way for the heart to say I love you.

72 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emma (@mummymummymum)
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:06:44

    I’m glad the operation was a success. It sounds like BB handled everything brilliantly. I hope the next few weeks are not too difficult. xxxx


  2. HELEN
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:09:10

    ahh that is so sweet…..I’m glad it went well x


  3. NatalieJayW
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:13:04

    OH MY DAYS. How beautifully written. Glad the op went well.



  4. Liz Fielding
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:16:40

    So glad everything went well, Jane. Hugs to you all, including the brave twins.


  5. Notmyyearoff
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:19:51

    Oh wow, that’s amazing. Glad it went well. Hope the recovery and journey ahead is quick. Goodbye wobble, hello new walk x


  6. Rachelradiostar
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:25:32

    Only just found your blog , hope all is well with your little one xx


  7. Ali
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:39:49

    Glad all went well x Thanks for letting us know so soon, Big hugs to all xxx


  8. speccy
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:41:40

    remarkable 🙂 x


  9. wibbly wobbly
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:57:54

    Our kids really know how to hold our hearts! So glad to hear that the operation went well. Hugs to all XXX


  10. charliewells80
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:58:45

    I don’t stand a chance with your posts at the moment – hormones or no! Well done BB, well done Mummy and good luck with the recovery xx


  11. emma
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:59:44

    What a star, the texts today show what a strong family you are. Hold tight it can only get better now. The unknown is done – onwards and upwards now and she will be through this. Hope little BB and mummy get some sleep tonight. xx The All the Bradley’s


  12. JallieDaddy
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 00:00:38

    You just made a grown man dry; you should be proud ;). Glad the op went well 🙂


  13. headinbook
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 05:03:54

    Ah, what a bittersweet post. Godspeed BB (and all of you); may the next few weeks pass as quickly as possible for your brave, beautiful baby x


  14. Kelly
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 07:30:02

    So glad it all went smoothly. Hope she recovers as quickly as possible x


  15. Bibsey Mama
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 07:49:02

    Oh bless her little heart beats. Great news. Well done for getting through it and I hope BB goes from strength to strength. x


  16. Sarah
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 07:56:55

    So pleased it went well. It’s funny we have a similar response in newborns at work (nicu nurse) u can just watch a baby heart rate settle when they are next to their mama. Nothing quite like it. Like their hearts know their home. Hoping you all have a fast recovery x


  17. mummy on the edge
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 08:02:49

    Our thoughts are with you all. Take care xx


  18. Linda Roy
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 08:24:44

    So pleased the op has gone well. Brave baby & brave family x


  19. anna tims (@ageingmatron)
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 09:15:07

    Wonderful last line. I was thinking of you both.


  20. The Mad House
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 12:20:40

    Oh Jane. This made me shed a tear. What a star she is and you too. All my love


  21. amumsim
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 14:00:24

    Ahh, lovely! Good news.


  22. Circus Queen
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 14:05:08

    What a strong girl. She’s also got the best mother for the job of helping her through. This must be such a challenging time for you all. You describe it with such grace.


  23. Kelly Wiffin
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 14:26:29

    I am so pleased the operation was a success. Such a strong girl! x


  24. Jacq
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 14:47:39

    Bless. Have been thinking of you.


  25. actuallymummy
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 15:19:59

    Good thoughts your way 🙂


  26. Blue Sky
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 17:21:21

    Hooray for happy hips 🙂 Hope she makes a speedy recovery xx


  27. sarsm
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 17:56:58

    Lots of love from all of us here.

    My littlest needed a couple of operations around the same age. She too couldn’t understand. So we bought her a super duper new teddy. And we made the teddy go through all of the things she went through. So, wherever her bandage teddy was also had a bandage. She was allowed to take the teddy with her into the op (I know BB’s already had hers, but I’m guessing she may be asleep again for the casts removal). When she ate the bear ate and when she couldn’t eat the bear couldn’t eat.

    She really loves her bear (and it has a special place in my heart too).

    Perhaps BB could also have a bear? One with a bandage who can’t walk?

    Hugs xx


  28. Honest Mum
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 18:44:12

    So pleased the op went well and what a brave girl you have there. Well done you too. Oliver had an ear op earlier in the year and seeing your angel going under is no easy feat. Well done for being so strong. Wishing her a speedy recovery x


  29. maggy, red ted art
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 19:22:18

    Oh my, will you stop moving me to tears??!?!?!

    So pleased to hear it went well!

    Maggy xx


  30. alysonsblog
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 08:05:31

    so very beautiful and well written yet again, you have such a craft with words. Children are so resilient – far more than we are and I think you are all doing simply incredibly x


  31. Muddling Along
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 12:39:08

    I’m so glad it has gone well

    That last bit made me cry – how wonderful to know that even when asleep they can know we love them


  32. londonmum
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 18:26:39

    so glad it has gone well. have been following your blog and was thinking of you all x


  33. helloitsgemma
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 20:08:56



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  36. The Boy and Me (@TheBoyandMe)
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 19:54:14

    Oh bloody hell, again, tears! Poor little girl, and poor you seeing her like this.


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