The Marvellous Dr Christie

Here is an update on Alfie and his terrible cough, as posted here.  This is what happened that very afternoon!  I should mention that he hasn't coughed a speck since.  Not once at all.  Quite mystifying but a great relief! At the Ulster Independent Clinic Dr Sharon Christie takes charge and immediately a battery of tests … Continue reading The Marvellous Dr Christie

Apex Clinic

God but they’re brilliant. I’m so fragile I can’t even push the door open* and reason that it must be locked (I’m not thinking straight, unsurprisingly). The nice lady opens the door for me and I tiptoe in, all zombie-brained and twisted like a rope and contemplate sitting down but feel it will be too … Continue reading Apex Clinic

Week 2, in which I am An Unfit Mother

Wednesday morning I wake and immediately know something is terribly wrong with my back. I can barely move. Not in itself unusual, especially when one wakes wedged between two hot boys, but this time it’s bad. It’s an old lower back injury, from a riding accident aged 13. It’s given me trouble all my life, … Continue reading Week 2, in which I am An Unfit Mother

Blowing My Own Trumpet

18.11.11 Blowing my own trumpet Almost a year in our new home and I can’t believe how quickly that time has gone. There was a period, early on, when time seemed to have slowed to a standstill but after the first three months I think it accelerated and here we are, a month away from … Continue reading Blowing My Own Trumpet

Long Haul with a Toddler

07.09.2011 Long Haul with a Toddler Not that I’m an expert by any means but Alfie has just clocked up his 20th flight this year alone, at least 4 of which were long haul, ie 12 hours– and that’s not including connections and travel time either side. Some of it was done with a partner, … Continue reading Long Haul with a Toddler

Where to Have Baby?

Where to Have Baby? Wow, our little apple pip is not only causing havoc to my digestive system but is also part of an ongoing logistical nightmare. Where are we going to chose to have our baby? As I mentioned previously, we can’t have baby here for various reasons, but primarily that in case anything … Continue reading Where to Have Baby?

Pregnant and Abroad

Pregnant and Abroad So, here we go again! I’m 7 weeks pregnant and Alfie’s little sister or brother is due on 16th January 2012. I’m already sick as a dog and feel fluey, tired and miserable. Headachey, queasy and VERY grumpy. I don’t recall being in this bad a mood last time round but I’m … Continue reading Pregnant and Abroad

Cultural Differences

20.05.2011 Cultural Differences One of the most difficult things to get used to here is that to a Burmese person, delivering bad news is considered very bad form indeed. So much so, that they will go to any lengths to avoid it, even outright lies if necessary. This is hard work for a Western brain … Continue reading Cultural Differences