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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Elliott Update

Hello friends

This post is going to look different as I am experimenting with blogging from my iPad.
I wanted to give you all an update. Elliott's surgery took place on Tuesday as there were further tests beforehand. Here is my brave boy having just had all these guide circles placed on his head - we chose to make lots of silly suggestions as to what these were for!




His operation was long and believe me I felt like I was holding my breath the whole time. By late afternoon he was in the High Dependency ward with lots of nurses fussing over him. The surgeon said it could not have gone better and was very pleased - all in all a huge relief.
He has a way to go but the main surgery is out of the way and my beautiful boy was even cracking jokes as I said goodnight.
I am fortunate to be staying across the road from the hospital in Ronald McDonald House, Camberwell.




I have to confess I did not know much about this charity until now but I've made it a mission to find out more. I spoke with one of the volunteers and she explained that the McDonalds restaurants pay for refurb/construction of these home-away-from-home dwellings for families with children in hospital but once the building is complete each one is run on donations.
Once my life clicks back to normal watch out! .... I'm organising a crafty day and online crafty kits with all proceeds going to this beautiful house - it has made my stay in London with Elliott both manageable and stress free.
Again I must say a zillion thanks to you all for your comments, messages and more - you are all so very wonderful.
Take care friends.
Christine :) xx
Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

87 comments:

AnneRD said...

Wonderful news Christine, thank you for the update. Had been thinking of you and hoping the op went according to plan. Anne x

Buttons said...

Oh what great news Christine. Elliot is indeed a brave boy and it is wonderful to know things are moving in a positive direction. Hugs, Jenny x

Chris said...

Hi Christine,
Thank you so much for letting us all how Elliott is, I'm so very pleased the operation went well. Elliott is so brave and seems so positive. Hope Mitchell is doing OK too.
Love Chris X

Lacelady said...

Such great news Christine, now Elliott can put the bad part behind him, and move into the recovery part. Thanks so much for the update, the surgeon sounded positive, which is good news.

mags said...

Great news Christine. So glad the operation went well. Take care.
Hugs
Mags
x

nmty said...

Hi christine I am so pleased Elliott's surgery went. Lv norma

Bridget Larsen said...

They do a great job Macdonalds. and you are doing a great job with your blogging from your ipad. Goodluck with round 2, am crossing my fingers for you.
Bridget in Australia

Linda said...

What a great news, he's such a brave boy
hugs Linda

jucrook said...

So glad to hear that things are going well. I must admit that I have often wondered what those boxes at the tills in McDs are for but never bothered to find out. Now I know I will be sure to make donations. I realise there is a long way to go but it is great to have such good news after the op and that he is joking already. Thank you for keeping us updated. Love to you all. Ju

Cinders61 said...

So pleased for you all. Thank you for taking time out,from what must be a very trying time for you all, to update us. Thinking about you and Elliott. Gillian x

sue jones said...

Thinking of you both , so glad that bit is over with. Hope Elliott is comfortable (((((hug))))))

melanie said...

So glad the OP went well and a positive out come,the house look fantastic ,I hope Mitchell is O.K
Big hugs to you as you must have gone threw unimagainable things On Tuesday .Melanie xx

Clai01 said...

Fantastic news! love to you both xx
and to Mitchell for holding the fort x

Hellma said...

Such great news to hear Christine, glad the surgery went well.

ginny c said...

Glad everything went ok wishing Elliott all the very best and to you and Mitchell. Best wishes ginny xxx

Christine Harrop said...

Wonderful news Christine. You must be feeling such a sense of relief. But as you says, there is still a long way to go so you are all still on my prayer list! Love and hugs from Christine xx

hazel young said...

That's great news Christine glad everything went well and you are able to stay close. xx hazel

Janice said...

Wonderful news Christine, thank you so much for letting us know. It's fantastic that you can stay close by, what a great charity.
Hoping that your very brave Elliot is doing well, and Mitchell and Bella are holding the fort ok.
Thinking of you all.
Janice x

Ella's Design said...

So glad everything went well and that you are able to stay nearby to your little (or not so little) man! I hope that Elliott has a speedy recovery from his surgery and I'm sure the Blogging community will support you in your future charitable causes! All the very best for the days ahead, hugs, Lisa x

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Thank you for letting us know the great news, so glad that Elliots op went well. Yesterday must have been terrible for you and Mitchell, and the rest of your family, but now Elliot can concentrate on getting back to notmal. Look after yourself and take care.

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

So pleased to be reading this Christine I have been thinking about you all and it is certainly a relief for me so goodness knows how you feel! Give him a big kiss from all of your blogging friends!! Hugs Susan xx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine.
Wonderful news, round one over,and the surgery has gone well, he is such a brave boy.
Really pleased you can stay near him,it must mean a lot to you both,I will keep a look out for your fund raising I would love to help, Love to you all, Take care. x.

Linda said...

Brilliant news about Elliot,have been thinking about you both. As for the fund raising, count me in!
Hugs
Linda

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, I would have felt as if I was holding my breath the whole time too. I am so glad the worst is over for Elliott and you all,, Elliott is such a 'soldier' fancy cracking jokes last night !! Constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Take care, Christine.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anonymous said...

That's good news, so glad the op went well and sending wishes for a speedy recovery. There is so much great work that goes on 'behind the scenes'. Sending you all a hug. Juliat x

lydia jordan said...

Hi Christine,
Oh what a relief for you, must admit I felt very emotional reading your blog today.
I found out about this charity a few weeks ago when I made a donation instead of flowers, it seems they do wonderful work, and yes I'll be happy to help in anyway I can.
Take care and love to Elliot.
Lydia
X

baconbits said...

Wonderful news Christine thank you for the update, so good to see Elliot with a smile.
Hugs to all
Amanda x

Astrid Maclean said...

Fantastic news Christine, Elliot is one brave lad! You of course are a wonderful mum and have surrounded him with so much positivity and that can only have helped. Good to hear also that Macdonalds are doing some good things for the world. Good thoughts for all the next steps will keep coming your way!

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine
wonderful news Christine that Elliot's op went well. Everything seems to be going well. As you say a long way to go yet. hope that Mitchell is doing ok as well.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news Christine, so glad for you all. Ronald McDonald are a fantastic charity as another friend of mine has found out, and now she does all she can to raise funds too.
love and hugs Carole N xx

Sally said...

Great news Christine, I have to admire Elliott with how brave he has been through all this. Hopefully you will be able to relax (at least a little bit)) for now. It is such a relieve when the surgeon tells you it has gone well.
I must say it is good to hear that a big company like MacDonalds are doing something positive, I must say I have seen the boxes on their counters but never took much notice, I will now. Best wishes to you all, Sally xx

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, BIG sigh of relief for you all and especially Elliott, I am so pleased that everything went so well and that things can move forward with a very positive attitude, big big hug, Carole Z X

Anonymous said...

I am so pleased that everything has gone so well as I have been thinking of you all. Take care. Claire

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine

Had a tear in my eyes when i read your blog, Im so happy all is going well for Elliott.

The Surgeon sounded positive and thats good news

Elliott is a fantastic boy and very positive too , it shows as hes cracking jokes already how great is that ?

Thanks for letting us know Christine i prey Elliott will continue to get stronger and better each day .

Elaine H x

marg said...

Hello Christine!
Such an emotional time for you all!
Take care....
Love Marg

smag53 said...

Thank you for the update Christine.I am so pleased that all went well and things are looking positive.
XX sending hugs and love to you all.xx Sheila xx

Cornish Emma said...

Thank you for letting us know how Elliott is, glad the op went well. Thinking of you all and sending Hugs. Emma

cats said...

That's great news Christine.That part over must feel like a large weight has been lifted. Love to you all !!!...Christine xxx

Sandra Castle said...

So glad the op went well! Love and Hugs to you all xxx

Elizabeth said...

Oh Christine, what absolutely wonderful news. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us all know how the surgery went, I am sure we were all holding our breath along with you. Elliot is such a brave young man and very positive which makes such a difference.
Take care and hugs to you all.
Elizabeth x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Christine I am so pleased that all went well yesterday what a huge relief and I can quite understand that you felt as though you were holding your breath all day. Its fabulous that you can stay nearby and not have stress of travelling.
Elliott bless him still has a long way to go but he is strong and positive like his mum
Sue xxxx

Jean Z said...

Thats wonderful news Christine so glad the op is over and Elliott is on the mend, the home you stayed in sounds a wonderful place deserves help love Jean Z xx

Mary by the Sea said...

Hi Christine, so glad to hear that Elliotts op went well. You can start to breath again. The waiting is always the worst part. I bet Mitchell is relieved as well.

I had no idea that macdonalds did this work, will certainly investigate Things like this make such a difference for families.

Take care of yourself and fingers crossed for the next stage..

Mary x

Layerlass67 said...

Christine, Fantastic news and thanks for taking the time to let us know. I have heard of Ronald Macdonald but didn't know exactly what they did. Will be happy to support any fundraising you do for them in the future. So glad you were able to be close by to the hospital.Takes a bit of the stress off for sure. Thank God the operation is over and gone well. Now, Elliott will need a lot of patience as he gradually recuperates. Hugs to you both. Gemma xx

Sandra said...

Christine, I could not be more relieved, isn't it miraculous to think what they can do these days, to think of the level of surgery he had yet he was able to joke you the same day! Way to go Elliott, what a little star you are!
I have heard of the Macdonald charity and I know what a huge difference it can make to very anxious parents!
I look forward to being part of your fund raising!
Hugs to all of your wonderful family Christine!
Sandra xx

val jones said...

Hi Christine. So happy and relieved by your wonderful news. The worse part is now over and he can get well knowing so many people are routing for him.

Take care.

Love Val in Spain xxx

Maggie J said...

You must be very relieved that the operation is safely over and it went well. Great news.

Maggie J

Teresa said...

I am so happy that all went well and that he was so brave to go through all this. Lots of Hugs to you and thank you for posting. I have been holding my breath waiting for good knews too :)
Ronald McDonald houses are here too and a wonderful thing for families. Would love to help you with a charity thing in the future for them.

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine

Forgot to mention when I left my earlier blog, that I had received my dress forms. Once again thanks very much and hugs to you all.

Maddie, Nottingham said...

Hi Christine & Elliot, so pleased that the op is over and that Elliot should now be on course for a speedy recovery. We were all praying for you all. Keep strong and remember we are all thinking of you.

Sarah said...

I am so pleased that the operation went so well Christine. How brave is Elliot! Take Care

Sarah x

SUE said...



Hi Christine,

That's great news, I'm so pleased that Elliott is doing well, the Ronald Mcdonald houses are wonderful places for those that need to be near by, give Elliott a hug from me, I hope he recovers fully very soon.

Love Sue xx

Sue B said...

Oh what wonderful news that Elliott's op went so well. He truly is an inspiration. I must confess I got quite emotional reading the end of your blog regarding the Ronald McDonald house. Typical of you to be thinking of ways to raise awareness of other things, even though you are going through a stressful time. I'm sure whatever you decide to do to raise funds, we will all be behind you 100%. Wishing Elliott a good & speedy recovery & not forgetting Mitchell for keeping everything else going.

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said....

Hi Christine, so pleased to hear that Elliott's surgery went well. Will be remembering all of you in the days ahead.

Hugs, Belinda. X

Janice said...

Chris, I am so pleased that everything went according to plan with Elliott's surgery. What a big relief it must be for you all. I hope he recovers well and soon you will be blogging that he is eating you out of house and home!!!. I had not heard of the Mcdonalds Houses but when you start your fund raising you can count on me. All the very best for now.... get some sleep if you can.... Janice xx

Chrissie J Lui said...

Hi Christine, So pleased everything went well. Elliot is so brave. Love to you all. (((HUGS)))

Love and Light
Chrissie x x x

Susie Bentz said...

Wonderful news! My prayers will continue for a complete and speedy recovery.

My sister-in-law stayed at a Ronald McDonald House more than 30 years ago when my nephew was born prematurely. It is a wonderful charity that helps people in some of the most stressful times. God bless you for giving back.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news Christine how brave you both are. lots of love
Pam S

Judy Hayes said...

So vey happy to hear this good news! I pray for continued healing and recovery. My thoughts are with you.
Big hugs!

bethpingry.com said...

Great news Christine & Elliott! I hope he has a fast recovery and all is back to normal soon! Beth

Anonymous said...

So good to hear your news. Very best wishes to Elliott Mitchell and you. Keeping you in my prayers. Looking forward to hearing he is home and recovered soon.
Phil D

Rach83 said...

So glad to hear that Elliot's operation has gone well. Wishing him all the best and I hope he is back on top form again soon.

I'm just busy making a Christine notebook so thought I'd check out your blog for some inspiration! Thanks for sharing your immense talent.

Take care,
Rachel x

Toni said...

Well done Elliott, Christine, Mitchell and all of your supporting family. A big ordeal for all of you but seems like all has gone really well and things are looking positive now. Hope Elliott continues to make good progress.
Well done to McDonalds as well. What a useful facility available to families with children unfortunate enough to be in hospital. Lovely thoughtful idea of yours to do some fundraising for them.
Take care
Toni xx

Ita said...

Hi Christine and Elliott great news ,and thank God the Surgery went well,I know how you felt while waiting,my Hubby had a massive brain haemorrage 21 years ago and is still doing fine.It is wonderfull to have peace of mind that you are so near the Hospital,M.and S also have a house where family's can stay.
Give Elliott the brave little man a big hug from me .
Smiles
Ita

Lynn Hardy said...

Thanks so much for letting us know how Elliot is doing, I had been thinking of him. All sounds as well as can be and I'm glad that you are staying nearby. I never knew about the Ronald MacDonald houses either - what a great charity!

Cazann49 said...

Hi Christine, i couldn't help shedding a few tears when I saw your darling boy with a smile on his face, especially when you thik what he's been through. :) I'm so pleased you're able to be there just across the road from him :) I hope Mitchell is looking after himself and Bella ok..Lots of love, Carole xxx

Elaine said...

Hi christine glad elliots op went as best as could be. Would love to help with fundraising if you need any. Take care xx

CraftyJo said...

Great news, thanks so much for the updates.

loftylass said...

Absolutely wonderful news Christine - thank you for the update. So pleased the surgery went well.
Hugs
Heather W
x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine - What brilliant news for you from Elliott's surgeon. Thank you for keeping us up-dated.
Looking forward to your fund raising.
Val C xx

Yvonne said...

Oh Christine.....such wonderful news!
So happy to hear he's already making jokes....
Big big hug to you and the boys,
Love,
Yvonne

Penny said...

So pleased the surgery went well I was thinking of you. Take care now.

Anne O said...

So pleased that the surgery went well. Best wishes to you and Elliott
Anne O

Teresa said...

Hi Christine. Great to hear that it all went well.Still be thinking of you in the days to come. Love to you all

Teresa (Nottingham)

Diane Maitland said...

So please to hear your news and the surgeons seems pleased. Take care and remember to look after yourself as well.
Love
Diane x

Maggieann said...

Hi Christine, really pleased to hear that Elliott's operation went well-he is remarkable and inspiration to us all with his wonderful smile! Mitchell is doing a great job taking care of things for you. Thinking of you all and sending love and big hugs xxx

Carolyn H. said...

Wonderful news Christine, thank you for your update on Elliott.
So pleased you are being looked after well too, a truly wonderful charity.
With love from Carolyn x.

Oksana said...

Hi Christine, thank you for the update on Elliott's progress. I am thinking of you and your family. Look after yourself also, hugs, Oksana.xx

Craftychris said...

I am so glad the op went well! You must all be so relieved. We all appreciate you taking the time to keep us updated. I have never heard of the Ronald MacDonald charity either - it sounds really cool and I am so glad it makes things easier for you. Take care and lots of love to all of you. Christine xx

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Christine, I am so pleased that all went well yesterday for Elliott,and now as you say the main operation is over with, it can only get better from here on.
Take care X Ros

Ann said...



Hi Christine

Thankyou so much for taking the time to update us on Elliot's progress. So glad the operation went well and Bless you it is so hard to stay strong all the time I am so pleased to hear that you have a Ronald Macdonald House to stay in it makes things a little easier for you.
You are both (and Mitchell beavering at home and looking after things and little Bella) in my thoughts and prayers.Take good care luv n Big gentle hugs Annxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Christine
So glad to hear that Elliott has the operation over him and that he is doing so well. It's a relief to hear the surgeon is so happy with the op. Thank you for the update. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Take care
Caroline MacH

Margie H said...

Christine, so happy to hear the good news! The Ronald McDonald House is a wonderful organization and I am glad they helped you through it. Continued good thoughts and prayers xo

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Christine,
What a huge relief it must have been for you - firstly, that the operation actually took place and then - even more importantly - that it went so well.
As Margie, prayers and positive thoughts are continuing.
And to Mitchell - thanks and keep up the good work.
Rose

Lynn said...

Hi Christine, Great news that the Op went well. Hoping Elliotts recovery goes well. Lynn xx

Peggy said...

Great news. So glad the first stage is over successfully. Well done, Elliott. Best wishes to you all Hugs Dee xx

LisaK said...

So pleased that everything went well. Thank you for letting us know. Take care x

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