The best laid plans

The best laid plans

I have not logged for quite a while due not only to my continuing niggling ptt but also to a major life upset. My new beautiful baby grandson was taken ill at 6 weeks old and dugnised with a rare congenital kidney condition. I flew back to NZ from the Uk on the first flight I could get and we were all airlifted to the children's hospital in Auckland where we have been for the last 3 weeks. Thankfully he has been stabilised and although he will need regular albumin infusions and probably a kidney transplant we are optimistic he will pull through. Amazingly, or perhaps predictably, running is helping both my daughter and I get through this. The Starship hospital is right next to a beautiful park called the Domain, which has a measured mile running circuit called the Peace Mile around the edge. We have been taking it in turns to bumble around this route two or three times every other morning while the other is on bedside watch and it has been our salvation.

No Manchester marathon for me this year, but running isn't just about big goals. It is also about sustenance for the soul.

I hope to rejoin the forum when we come out on the other side of this. In the meantime, best wishes to all of you x

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  • Poor little thing, how frightening :( Best wishes back at you, and to all your family!

  • So sorry to hear that, TT. Fingers crossed for the little one, you will be in my thoughts

  • Hope the little lad pulls through. At least he has his mum and grandmother with him. Stay strong!

  • Oh TT I'm so very sorry to hear this. How distressing for you all. I hope your little grandson continues to thrive and grow stronger and that he's able to get all the help and treatment he needs.

    'Sustenance for the soul' just about sums running up perfectly. Hope you and your daughter continue to draw strength from this sustenance to help you through the weeks and months to come. Take care Sweetie-keep us informed xx

  • My thoughts are with you and your family. Take care.

  • What a shocker! Such a miserable experience for all of you - it is awful when any family member gets seriously ill but little babies... it's the pits. Glad you have reason to hope it will all turn out OK in the end and hooray to both mother and grandmother for shoring up your resilience with fitness and continued running, it can only help him.

  • So sorry to hear about your grandson. I wish you all the best.

  • So sorry to hear your news, what a terribly worrying time for you all. I am sure you are in good hands tho'. Yes, the Domain is beautiful and I really hope that it won't be too long before you and your daughter are able to take your grandson around it with you. Sending positive vibes.

  • So sorry to hear your sad news Pam . It is heart wrenching when you see such little ones battling serious illness .

    Sending you lots of love , you are in my thoughts and prayers .

    Please keep us posted when you feel up to it xxx

  • So sorry to hear about your grandson. I am wishing him and your family all the best.

  • Thank you everyone for your good wishes.We are feeling strong and confident and very thankful that exercise and healthy eating has given us the staying power to cope with this. We are also so grateful that modern medicine has provided the means to overcome childhood ailments that used to be fatal. Such a lot to be thankful for. There's s lot of blue sky in Auckland at the moment!

  • Sorry to hear this TT. . Sounds like he's getting great care over there but i can imagine how hard it is for you all. Glad you are still managing to get out there and get some running time to clear you head.... big hugs from Ali xxx

  • I'm so sorry to hear this TT. It sounds like a pretty horrible time for you and the family. Hope it all goes well, and I wish you and your family all the best.

  • Love and prayers TT x

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