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EXCERPT FROM EMAIL TO FRIEND

This friend emailed to ask what she could do for us – a common question from friends and family. We are lucky to have such strong support.

“We're getting great care, from pretty well every department in that hospital. Talk about straining the health dollar!

I can't think of anything we need, but I can tell you that each time I receive a little email like yours, it boosts my spirits. It really does help to know that people are thinking of us.

And Rose is, indeed chubbing up beautifully. The transplant surgeon visited her last weekend, and says he's very impressed and encouraged. He may even decide to transplant her before she hits 8 kilograms.”
EXCERPT FROM EMAIL TO A FRIEND

Another long lost friend, discovered via the internet. This time, the friend is one I lived nextdoor to in 1969! We lost touch in about 1981. Lots for both of us to catch up on.

“Life's really busy because our baby, Rose, is sick - lots of hospital admissions in her little life, and she has been in Royal Children's since start of December.

Her dad, Shane, or I stay in there with her every night, while the other sleeps at home with the older two kids. I'm about to head in to hospital now. Rose is in an isolation room, with only family allowed to visit, because of her lowered resistance to infection.

The single room thing is a blessing for us during this long admission, as it has its own shower and toilet. Not many patients in the Royal Children's enjoy such luxuries!( We've had lots of other admissions in the general wards, cheek by jowl with other patients and their carers. I'm a light sleeper, and don't sleep a wink in those cir…
EXCERPT OF EMAIL TO FRIEND

I'm updating her on the progress with weight gain since Rose's total parenteral nutrition (TPN for short) began at the end of January.

"Rose is going well at the moment. Has put on half a kilo, and we're feeling good this week."
EXCERPT FROM EMAIL TO A FRIEND – THE MOTHER OF ANOTHER LITTLE GIRL WITH BILIARY ATRESIA

She sent an email asking how Shane was going with his hunt for a cause of Rose's pancreatitis.

“Our specialist has us not really focusing on the lipase theories - basically because she says it doesn't change the management of Rose in any case. I think Shane needed a bit of a breather from all the heavy scientific detective work anyway, but I reckon he'll get back onto it if needed.

The aim is still: grow, keep well, and transplant. The transplant team want her to be 8 kilograms. Blow me down, she seems to be starting to put on some weight.”