Sunday, June 15, 2008

Winter Blues

Hi everyone! Thanks Ginger for hosting another Blog Extravaganza!!
I have taken time off writing these past ten days, because the dreaded Winter cycle of coughs and colds has begun in earnest.
Down here in the Southern hemisphere, the days are short and the nights are brisk. Thankfully we don't get real COLD weather. I am not complaining, but... it's the viruses that make Winter dismal.
My grand daughter caught a cold. Because she has chronic lung disease (from prematurity) she spent ten nights in hospital) It's to be expected, except that being a premmie baby she has not been into a shopping centre or anywhere she might risk catching anything.
Her Mum takes care to keep her as isolated as possible, while trying to give her interaction with other babies and give herself a chance to meet other mums.
To her credit, the baby is now nine months old and till the other day had not had even a sniffle. (When I say nine months, she would be six months old later this week, if she had arrived on time and not 100 days early)
Despite ten days in hospital, she is thriving, smiling and a total delight. It's just so hard wanting to protect her and knowing that it is virtually impossible to prevent her catching another cold another day.
Still... While in hospital the writer in me was hard at work noticing how intriguing the environment becomes. Once through those automatic glass doors, the world changes. Another eye opener that impacted on the writer within the grandma, was seeing a tiny six month old baby left to cope with her hospital stay without her mum. For whatever reason kept the mum away, the tragedy of hearing the little girl whimper so often broke my heart. The nursing staff did all they could for her as time and numbers allowed. Once she was well enough the would whisk her out of her cot and into a pram. She spent her 'wake' time sharing the nurses station among the hustle of activity there.
Today she is allowed home, but her mum hasn't come for her.
Imagine the character she will become. She will survive.
This hasn't been really been about writing, but we write about life and dear oh dear, I have seen another side of life I would rather stayed deep in imagination. I write Fantasy, but I could not imagine the depth of despair I have witnessed this last week.
Thanks Ginger for giving me a chance to post on your blog. I apologise for being so OFF TOPIC but I appreciate the chance to share what has moved me so deeply.
Take care all.


Ginger Simpson said...

I really appreciated your post. I enjoy reading about the personal side of the authors once in a while. Excerpts are great for getting to know characters, but not real helpful in getting to know the real you. Thanks for coming, and do post again. :)


Nancy Bristow said...

Hi Ginger...I'm a reader over from RJR. It's fun reading the various post and becoming acquainted with a lot of new-to-me authors.

I have to tell you that the one post that I so thoroughly enjoyed was "The Chili-Gas Incident." OMG I laughed so hard it brought tears to my eyes. A good laugh is even better than a good cry. Thanks for sharing that gem....Nancy

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

A hospital full of children just breaks your heart, but some of them can give you such marvelous hope when you see the odds they beat to survive. My thoughts are with your granddaughter, Rosalie.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Thanks Ginger, I hope to be able to post again soon.
Just a follow up on this post.. my grand daughter came home today. So now I can again turn my focus back to writing.
Nancy, I agree, the sweetest sound in the world is the sound of laughter.
Thank you Cindy for your kind thoughts! I love your dragon avatar!
Speaking of children in hospitals, watching the premmies in the NICU was an experience I will never forget. Seeing babies so tiny with so much spirit. It is truly inspiring.
Take care now.

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