25th January 2016 – One telephone call changes my world.
A call from the paediatrician – After being asked if I was on my own or someone was with me (I was alone doing the kids lunch) – she informs me that my son has high CK levels and is required to be under urgent care at GOSH. “What is CK?” “It’s creatine muscle levels”… That is all…. She told me nothing else so I asked her “is he going to die”. Her response “I can’t go into the detail”
She tells me my son is required to be seen by GOSH yet for what reason I do not know.
She hangs up, I google it.
My world dies.
I call my husband, he sets off to come home.
I call my parents, they set off to come to see me with Ben (they’d been taking him for lunch for his Birthday).
I call a friend, she pops over as I can’t cope feeding the kids whilst hiding my tears – I physically cannot hide my tears or emotions, thank you Ruth.
Matt tried to call the paediatrician who telephoned me approx 1 hour after she called me with the ‘news’ to find out more. Guess what – she had gone on holiday!!!! Certain words were strongly said whilst he stood on Finsbury Park platform. Matt spoke to her senior colleague who still couldn’t / wouldn’t tell us anything. Thanks for that, little suggestion have a think about your approach to parents when dealing with such highly sensitive cases.
I vowed to NEVER see this paediatrician at QE again.
One day, my whole world is turned upside down, forever.