More haste less speed


…Things were moving fast and soon in a room away from the operating theatre another nurse was ready to take charge of the baby. She quickly attempted to pass a naso-gastric tube down the baby’s mouth. More horror from me. How could they do this it looked barbaric. But the nurse explained that she would need this to take liquids and medicine if required and it had to be inserted now. But she was having difficulty and I could see the stress on her face as I watched like a hawk every move she made. After what seemed like ages she called another nurse over and this lady was a sister and very easily passed the tube down through her nose. She measured the length and explained that it had to be right in order for the infusions to reach her stomach properly. Once in place tape was applied next to the nose to ensure it stayed in place. Then we were off as the baby was placed inside a plastic box on wheels. We moved quickly through a corridor up a flight of stairs in a lift and then into what must have been a recovery ward and then brought up to where I could see Isobel laying. They wanted Isobel to see her but explained that she would have to go quickly to the Special Care Unit. I took the baby in my arms and held her up to Isobel’s face. She was barely conscious her eyes seemed out of focus. But she knew it was me and I said: Look Isobel we have a baby a baby girl!” Isobel smiled and later told me that on hearing the news we had a girl she felt her whole body warm through right to her toes. I explained we had to go the Special Care Unit and so we hurried along again into a lift and down to ground floor, along more corridors and into a large room with about six incubators.


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