Friday, 16 June 2017

A big thank you! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


I thought this week was going to be a dull one....After all the worry of last week I was glad of a nice calm week with no drama....

The calm week was going well....The person I mentioned who had a stroke is recovering. They are getting the feeling and movement back in their arm. Phew! They have had physio and a lots of people out to see them. I feel less worried now....I know they are taking things easy and are being well looked after. I am so thankful that they have people around them who care when I can't be there....

Ellie seems to have settled down at school....We have had a drama free week and of course Becky has been no bother at all....

I know I blogged about what happened on Wednesday already... I only went & won a Cinema room for The Freeman Hospital! but it has been a big part of my week and I have had time to think things through....

When my girls had their heart surgery nearly 8 years ago I was truly grateful to everyone at the hospital. Everyone from the lovely lady who brought us food, the porter who gave me a smile and nod when he saw how hard it was to go through taking 2 children into surgery within a day of each other, the nurses who told me to go away, have a break and get some fresh air, the amazing anesthetists who kept my girls alive on the operating table, the play assistant who took us off to the playroom for some fun, the surgeon who fixed my girls hearts, the cleaner who saw I was upset and gave me a hug, the nurses who came and checked on the machines when they started to beep, the sister of the ward who was there to catch me when I first saw Becky in intensive care and the ambulance man who checked on me when he saw me just sat against a wall crying when Becky was in intensive care and Ellie was in surgery. (I probably looked like someone having a breakdown). There was so many people in The Freeman hospital who helped me so much which I will forever be grateful to.

Over the years I have tried to do my bit to raise awareness about CHD's but I have never been able to do anything for the hospital which saved my girls lives until now...

I read the email informing me about the win, blogged about it but I don't think it really sank in until yesterday when I saw that someone had tagged me in post on Facebook. Someone had shared an article on the Newcastle Hospitals website mentioning my name....It all seems real now, because of me children in hospital are going to have something to smile about....

The local press have asked to speak to me but I have declined. I am just conversing via email. Despite writing a blog I don't like the attention....I am a shy person and I am rubbish at speaking to people in real life....I know it's just a confidence thing but that's the way I feel. 

I feel like I have now gone a little way to say thank you to an amazing hospital....People have been saying thank you and well done to me but I don't feel like I deserve it. I only nominated the hospital. Other people voted and the judges decided an overall winner from those shortlisted. The amazing staff are the people that need thanking!


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  1. That's bloody brilliant Kim well done ! It's so nice to be able to give something back isn't it. #WotW

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    1. It is...I am still a little in shock. It is wonderful to give back. Thank you x

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  2. Awww so pleased you have had a good week, you deserve the win - enjoy X #wotw

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  3. That is so fantastic Kim, it certainly is something to be grateful for, I'm so glad you won. It's such a wonderful feeling being able to give something back. I'm like you with the publicity too, recently I've been contacted for a story about my condition, and then this week I was contacted by a newspaper asking me to tell my story about my supermarket shop mayhem this week. x #wotw

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    1. It is amazing to give back...The hospital saved my girls lives. I could never fully repay them but this is a start. Ahh! I am glad I am the only one who doesn't want publicity. My fella was encouraging me to go for it but I just couldn't. Thank you x

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  4. How fantastic. Your description of the help you received during the girls' time in hospital, brought tears to my eyes. I think you must all be amazing people. I think you do deserve a pat on the back. If you hadn't nominated, then it wouldn't have happened. Grateful is a wonderful word. #wotw

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    1. I cried writing it. Even after 7 years it still hits me.
      Thank you. You are so kind. x

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  5. Oh, this is wonderful news, Kim! Well done! So pleased for you and the joy those kids will experience now, thanks to you. Just fab, thanks for sharing with #WotW x

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    1. Thank you! It is the best news....It really is the best competition win ever! x

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  6. That is so awesome that you won a cinema room for the hospital. I am so pleased for you!

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  7. Well done you such an amazing achievement and you should be proud, so pleased for you #WotW

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    1. Thank you! I still can't believe it. x

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  8. I saw this on facebook, it was an amazing win for the hospital. It's really nice when you can give something back to the place and people that have helped you so much #WotW

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  9. I'm so glad that you won the cinema room for the Freeman Hospital. It is a fabulous hospital and so nice to be able to give something back too :-) #WotW

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    1. It is the best hospital. hehehe Thank you x

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