The Hernia Saga: The Hospital Chronicles

We arrived at the Children’s Hospital in the early hours of Friday morning. All I can say is thank god for tea. We had our own room with an ensuite (very swish, thank you NHS!) Busby was still asleep, and faring remarkably well for a baby who hadn’t been fed since 9.30pm the previous night! 

After meeting with the various health professionals (Anaesthetist, Consultants, Nurses), and receiving the necessary checks, Busby and I were taken down to the operating theatre. Holding her whilst she was sent off to sleep was probably the hardest part of the whole ordeal; she was really fighting against sleep, and not even the bubbles were distracting her. Once she was conked out on the trolley I kissed her goodbye and was led back to our room.

Then we waited. 

An hour later she was awake and hoarsely crying for us. She gobbled down a whole bottle and fell asleep again.

After the operation the Consultant came to talk to us (briefly) about how the operation had gone. He said she had a sliding inguinal hernia, which was partly made up of a prolapsed ovary and fallopian tube. No wonder she has been in so much pain! He didn’t have time to discuss anything further, but seemed happy with how the operation had gone. We have our follow up appointment in six weeks.

We were discharged very quickly and home in time for lunch. Busby and I had a small nap on the sofa, which was lovely as we haven’t had one of those together in a while! She has bounced back remarkably considering all she’s been through, and we’ve only had a small amount of grumbles. She’s not allowed to do any strenuous exercise for two weeks, so typically she spent the afternoon trying to roll over and move! She already seems more comfortable, and it’s been so nice not to experience the horrible high-pitched hernia scream for the last 24 hours. 

We have been overwhelmed by the love we have received during the last few weeks – thank you so much for all your support.


  1. 13th April 2013 / 11:31 am

    So glad all went well for Bea Hannah. I hope she carries on doing well and doesn’t over exert herself with this rolling business lol I bet she’s done it now though already!
    Best wishes for the coming week xxx

    • 13th April 2013 / 11:54 am

      Thank you lovely 🙂 Last night wasn’t great, but she seems a bit better this morning xxx

  2. 13th April 2013 / 2:35 pm

    Glad it all went ok, it must be so horrible seeing them put to sleep for the operation! Hope she recovers quickly-kids have a remarkable way of bouncing back so fast don’t they! Sounds like she’s an active one 🙂 xx

    • 13th April 2013 / 4:03 pm

      Thank you – it wasn’t very nice, but I’m so relieved she’s on the mend.

      Oh Dani, you have no idea re activeness! She’s been trying to roll off me all day… xx

  3. 13th April 2013 / 7:06 pm

    Oh Hannah – that got me right in my tummy! Seeing that photo of Bea’s tiny little foot may my tummy flip! … bless her, and then the photo of Bea and Mummy Bunny! We have that exact bunny and a small one too, Evan calls her mummy bunny and the small one bobby. Sweeeeet 🙂

    I’m so glad all went to plan and little Bea is doing ok – you’re all so brave.
    Big hugs and kisses all round xxxx

    • 13th April 2013 / 8:44 pm

      Thanks Millie – so happy she’s on the mend now and fixed! It feels like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders.

      Our bunny is called Flopsy 🙂 xxxx

  4. 14th April 2013 / 12:27 am

    Thinking of you and little Bea. I’m sure she’ll make a speedy recovery – they are so much hardier than we give them credit for!

    • 14th April 2013 / 12:56 pm

      Thank you lovely 🙂 They really are – she’s already wanting to move around lots! xx

  5. 14th April 2013 / 3:50 pm

    Glad to hear it all went well. You must feel very relieved it’s all over x

    • 14th April 2013 / 6:19 pm

      Thank you 🙂 so relieved! Our happy baby is back xx

  6. 14th April 2013 / 9:08 pm

    So glad everything went well, I feel the relief for you. Hope Bea is doing ok and huge hugs to you xxx

    • 15th April 2013 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you lovely xxx

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