Pippa Rea

Pippa's Journey with a Brain Tumour

Hospital Waiting Games

on August 29, 2014

It just can’t be avoided and sometimes the waiting is just so painfully long.  This week the waiting around kept us so late I had to drive the majority of the way home in the dark.

After two and a half hours in the eye clinic waiting room we were told in a 2 minute consult the redness will go in a couple of weeks and there is now single vision straight ahead………Pippa and I had already figured out both those pieces of information on our own now that the soreness has eased and the weeping has subsided.  Really, the only person who can truly know how beneficial the surgery has been is Pippa. I can’t imagine what it was like for her to see double all the time and only she can decide whether the resulting single vision is enough for her to feel a bit more normal. Healing, time and the messages her very clever brain receives and interprets will let her know that.  At least once the redness has gone he eye will sit more central and look normal which in itself is rather important for a 10 year old girl.

Luckily I have an unwritten rule that we always combine hospital trips with something fun.  I try my hardest not to just make our trips about waiting rooms and appointments.  Last week it was dinner in Lygon St with cousins; this week it was a games night with Julie and yoga in the morning followed by breakfast with Pippa’s favourite puppies, Chip and Frenchie before heading to the hospital.  Thank goodness we came away from the games night with a new game to entertain us in the busy waiting room (aptly named “Too Many Monkeys”). I’m absolutely positive I won the most rounds………although after two and a half hours it all became a bit of a blur!

There was no chance of staying down again Thursday night – there was a very pressing reason to come back.  Today is Book Week dress up day at school.  Pippa had been planning for weeks and had an outfit that she had made with Nan ready for her to go dressed up as Agatha Christie’s “Miss Marple”.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen brown and tweed look so stylish!





3 responses to “Hospital Waiting Games

  1. Diane says:

    Oh wow,what a great look for book week, good on you Nan and Pippa

  2. Julie liptak says:

    Pips what a stylish Miss Marple you make-bet she wasn’t as good at playing games as you are!
    Love Jules xx

  3. Carolyn says:

    Pip, you look so beautiful as Miss Marple! Book week is just the best and you look so authentic but Very sophisticated too! Can you have too many monkeys? Don’t think so… Much love, Carolyn, Joby, Coen and Yarra.

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