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thread: My baby had a broken heart!

  1. #271
    Registered User

    Nov 2011

    From one mum who has had a baby in NICU and SCBU

    Glenny you are an amazing woman and an amazing mum.

    Here is a poem I found, originally written for mums of prem babies but I think it applies to any mum who has been through the NICU/SCBU journey

    She has learned so much about life,
    To be the greatest mother, friend & wife.

    She never complains about the little things,
    She appreciates what tomorrow brings.

    She's been through the gates of hell
    And still stands tall,
    She has laughed, cried, prayed & rejoiced,
    She'd been through it all.

    Her children mean the world to her,
    She will walk any mile
    Just to see their precious face,
    Just to see them smile.

    She's got invisible wings on her back
    That God has put in place,
    She wears a purple heart for the bravery
    She has faced.

    She is admired by many, blessed by God above.
    There is nothing more powerful
    Than a Mother's Love.

  2. #272
    Registered User

    Jun 2007

    Sending love and strength to Glenny, Charlie and the family xx

  3. #273
    Registered User

    Oct 2008

    Thinking of you all

  4. #274
    Registered User

    Apr 2006

    It sounds like you guys have seriously had your quota of bad luck and its time for it all to change. I hope you're feeling a whole lot better very soon Glenny. Thinking of you daily little Charlie.

  5. #275
    Registered User

    Jun 2010

    Glenny you truely are an amazing mummy. Lots of well wishes for Charlie and a few for yourself too.

  6. #276
    Registered User

    Oct 2008

    Thinking of you and your family Glenny

  7. #277
    Registered User

    Jan 2008

    for Glenny

    Glenny is having a rough day. She mentioned she was having a brandy.

    Everyone's been asking what they can do for Glenny, here's my suggestion 'don't let her drink alone'

    Dear Glenny it may be Dutch but it's still courage

    To Charlie

  8. #278

    May 2008
    Melbourne, Vic

    Oh Glenny. What a rough trot you guys are having!!!

    Is there anything we can do?

  9. #279
    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Jan 2006

    I'll have drink with you tonight Glenny

  10. #280
    Registered User

    Sep 2007

    I'll get DH to have a brandy for you. Thinking of you Glenny and Charlie.

  11. #281
    2014 BellyBelly RAK Recipient.

    Aug 2010
    Over the hills and far away

    I just had a baileys with you glenny, hope you enjoy your brandy

    Sent from HTC wildfire using TAPATALK, so forgive any spelling errors its a small keyboard.

  12. #282
    Senior Moderator

    Nov 2004

    I'll definitely have one for you tonight, Glenny.

    Sending you hugs and strength.

  13. #283
    Registered User

    Jul 2005

    Thinking of you today, Glenny.

  14. #284
    Registered User

    Apr 2010
    Brisbane, Australia

    OK-Here's the deal as far as we know it. Yesterday we were led to believe that the time had come for us to make a decision about whether we allow further intervention or decide that enoough is enough. This was a shock to us (to put it mildly) as this was the first time anyone had said anything like this to us. We thought we were a while away from that kind of discussion. So that is the story behind the brandy last night and thanks for joining me. I had a lot of bb girls posting pics of their drinks on my fb page and it gav me a lot of comfort.

    Anyway- fast forward to today, after not much sleep we went into the hospital expecting the worst. We had a meeting with Charlie's docs. It's not good but not as bad as we feared. Basically, Charlie is not able to be weaned again off breathing support. He will not survive off support, it's a matter of how long do we let him live, sedated on life support before we do somehting. The original plan to manage this medically until 18 months or so when we could replace the valve is not viable any more. But the younger they are, the less sucessful surgery is likely to be. Catch 22.

    The next decision to be made (and they are still dicussing pros and cons) is to put a trach in for the breathing tube to be placed through. So basically he would be breathing through a tube inserted into a hole in his throat rather than down his nose and throat. Main pro- doesn't need to be so sedated and can be awake and ligtly mobile. Con- massive infection risk.

    So, main discussion at the moment is trach yes or no and then we need to see if he is putting on any weight and that will sway the surgery discussion.

    There was a lot more talked about, none of it good and all too hard for me to bring up now. He's not in a good way guys. He's in heart failure, on life support and stoned out of his mind on methadone and ketamine.

    More waiting........

  15. #285
    Registered User

    Apr 2006

    I just don't know what to say to you Glenny. My heart is just breaking for you, your husbad and your poor little boy. It is all so horribly unfair. Sending you love and strength to face whatever the next few days brings

  16. #286
    Registered User

    Oct 2008

    I don't know what to say, I'm so sorry you need to make these decisions

    You and your little boy are constantly in my thoughts

  17. #287
    Registered User
    Add Khaleesi on Facebook

    Feb 2007

    I don't know what to say either

    Will be thinking of you guys

  18. #288
    Registered User

    Nov 2004
    Chasing Daylight...

    Glenny I'm sorry to hear this news. I have no advice. My baby son was in heart failure for 3 months. He had multiple ASDs and a massive VSD and stenosis of the pulmonary artery. He had some surgery at three days old which was meant to be a temporary fix until he was at least 2 which was deemed a safer age to have open heart surgery. His temporary fix didn't work, and he remained in hospital being fattened up until he hit 5kg and the Drs decided the risk of waiting became greater than the risk of bypass surgery on a baby. The odds were horrifying, and Reading your post made me flashback to some of the difficult conversations we had with our son's treating Doctors. We were given a 2% survival rate before the open heart surgery. I am very grateful he survived and is doing really well now. I wish you peace as you make these decisions. I know it's gut-wrenchingly hard. I am praying for wisdom for you, and the best possible outcome.

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