This time last year, I was pacing up and down waiting for my son to come out of a short spell in an operating theatre. In the grand scheme of things it was not the end of the world; he’d split his lip on a coat peg at nursery and the GP sent us to A&E so that the plastic could treat it properly – and of course you can’t sew a toddler’s lip up without putting them to sleep first.
It was horrible. I remember at the time wondering how on earth parents cope seeing their children go under for heart bypasses, tumour removals, cancer treatment, and more. How they cope with seeing their babies in abject and sustained discomfort, how they find the strength to spend months and years attending hospital for procedures and tests.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool
When these things happen (sadly all too often) the parents, the kids, and the staff are always a real inspiration to me so in the first of my Feel Good Friday features I wanted to shout out the fabulous work of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and to tell you about Alfie’s Story:
Ten year old Alfred has lived with severe asthma since birth and has recently begun a research study at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to look at ways to help the condition.
Alfred’s treatment includes permanent steroids, prescribed at the highest level of seretide and taking both montelukast and theophylline tablets in addition to the injections which are given as part of the study. There are many triggers that set off his asthma, including all pets, grass being cut and his chest is often tight at night.
Alfred is on the autistic spectrum and in addition to the severe asthma, he has esophagitis – a reflux condition which means he’s on even more tablets and is also tube fed. He is a chatty and clever young man and he loves reading and his dinosaurs!
Alder Hey cares for 275,000 patients and their families each year, from kids like mine, to Alfie, and many more besides. Their staff and researchers make a massive difference to so many lives, that I wanted to help showcase Alfie’s story and his support of the hospital’s fundraising appeals.
Innovation Hub: Laparoscopic Teaching Session
You can find out more about how you and your mates can get involved (maybe as a Christmas project with workmates instead of Secret Santa?) by visiting the Alder Hey fundraising page or maybe just donate a few quid online to help their research and teaching effort that make such a difference to these fab little people who deserve every chance at good health and happiness. Me personally, I’ve got my eye on tickets for the Ho Ho Hoedown at Camp and Furnace in November! Santa hats and cowboy boots – what’s not to love?