What came next

There was a lot to take in on our second day at St Georges. We knew that Sophie's kidneys were compromised from some of the drugs they gave her to fight the infection in her leg, so seeing her on the blood filtering machine was expected.  The main focus was to get her off the ventilator and comfortable, check over the leg and start to make some plans with all the different teams involved with her care. Sophie came off the ventilator and over the next few days seemed to be making good progress.

St Georges Hospital - Day 1

Leaving Earlswood Ward at East Surrey to St Georges was quite an emotional and worrying afternoon.  I remember the staff at East Surrey being so good to Sophie, Emma and I, preparing us for the move and helping us keep it together.  We knew there was going to be a tough few weeks ahead of us, but as I helped Emma and Sophie into the ambulance transfer and said goodbye to them and to the East Surrey staff, I perhaps didn't realise how poorly Sophie was when the ambulance drove off with the blue lights going.

Supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust #NotOK

I was going to write about each individual charity that have supported Sophie over the past nine months, but a recent campaign from the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) has prompted me to write a little sooner.

The Big C Diagnosis

Finding out the you or a loved one has Cancer is never easy, those words just fill you with all sorts of emotions and worries, finding out that Sophie had leukemia (like a lot of this journey) wasn't straight forward,  It started with a sore leg.

Keeping ELOC Going through the Pandemic

So let's start at the beginning, it's March 2020 and the COVID pandemic hits the world. ELOC was in the final weeks of Crazy For You and other societies were even running through their dress rehearsals when the Government issued a National Lockdown. Soon after the rehearsals were stopped, Sophie and Paul started to run a weekly musical themed quiz night in an effort to keep the members engaged and catch up with each other. Every week around 25 people joined for the quiz and in the back ground the committee started to think about on-line Zoom rehearsals.

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