Written from the hospital, during Rose's second hospital admission

"Shane and Rose and I are . . . at the Royal Children's Hospital, for the second time in 3 weeks! Poor little Rose - she's a real trooper, and recovered from her big open-belly surgery really well.

But she started chucking up in the early hours of Friday morning, and we ended up back in here on Friday, to find that she has a bout of cholangitis (an infection of the liver ducts, I think). Poor wee darling, she goes through so much! She was very dehydrated from the spewing, and they had to get a line into her, quick, for some fluids.

But because she was so dry, they couldn't get any vein in her hand or foot (after much digging around under her tender skin, her screaming with terror and pain, me crying my eyes out, Shane trying to comfort us both! Horrors!)

Eventually they gave up, and had to call a doctor from intensive care who knows how to get lines into the sickest of the sickies. She found a throbbing vein on Rose's head, and so that's where Rose's line went in! A needle in the head!

She's been through so much more than I have, and she's only 7 weeks old. Anyhow, she seems to be on the mend, but we're stuck in here for a few more days while she's on heavy duty intravenous antibiotics."