I just read what I wrote in my last blog post and thought "Well... that escalated quickly!" What I thought was just a little viral bug unfortunately turned nasty and I ended up in hospital for 4 days with double pneumonia - viral.
I've never been in hospital before, apart from having babies - which is generally a happy time! But being in a ward full of sick people was quite an experience. One that I'm not in any hurry to do again. My first night in the ward was quite bizarre as somehow all my vital signs deteriorated enough to trigger a "Met-call" and suddenly at 1am I had half a dozen medical people all fussing around me, taking arterial blood, hooking me up to ECG's, trying to get my temperature down, my oxygen levels up, and freaking me out. At this stage I hadn't been cleared from having Influenza yet, so anyone that approached me had to wear a mask as a precaution, which felt pretty strange!
I have never suffered from asthma or any kind of breathing difficulties before, so to be unable to breathe properly, to feel so totally dependant on the oxygen was a real shock to the system. Coupled with the constant alternating fever/chills, I have never felt so unwell in my entire life.
After 3 days, lots of drugs, iv fluids, nebulisers, pain killers etc I was finally taken off oxygen, and the day after that I was finally allowed to go home - yay! Recovery will take weeks I'm told - and I have to have a follow up chest x-ray in 4-6 weeks to make sure my lungs are clearing as they should.
But its so good to be home and feeling somewhat normal again - and I have definitely learned that I should never take my health for granted!
Perfect little Blake was in the studio recently for his newborn session with mum Bec and dad Matt! At 10 days new and 7 pounds 9oz - he was a little unsettled and windy at the start - but after that he was super sleepy and did everything I asked of him, and more. I love how he was wide awake for the family poses so we were able to get some lovely eye contact too.
Thank you so much guys - I loved capturing your cute little man in these precious early days - they grow so fast!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.