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#51 just roses

Posted 06 May 2019 - 09:51 PM

View Postkiwimum2b, on 06 May 2019 - 09:48 PM, said:

As a pp said, if you live 100km+ away, yes there is help for accommodation.
I was told to look at Ronald McDonald house but obviously can’t take the other kids.

I think if I had warning I could come up with options, partner request time off, maybe sort things for the other kids, but seeing as we were called from being on the cancellation list, it’s fast tracked things - which is amazing for her and 6months quicker than we were told it would be, so a decision needs to be found tomorrow or they will cancel it all.
Surely your partner could take carer's leave? What would happen if you were suddenly sick and couldn't look after the kids?

#52 EsmeLennox

Posted 06 May 2019 - 09:55 PM

The thing is, the OP isn’t even ‘regional’. There are a range of large hospital facilities quite close to her. It’s not like she’s 2 hours away from a bush nursing hospital which has a doctor once a week or somewhere where the RFDS would need to be called in!

I’ll bet she wouldn’t even remotely qualify for the likes of Ronald McDonald house or other accommodation support services. There are people who really are regional who need these services.

#53 kiwimum2b

Posted 06 May 2019 - 09:57 PM

Thanks for all the input.
I agree that the risks are real and would not put her in anyway in harms way or risk it.

My 2 issues were not being told about this requirement over the last 6mths I’ve been on the list, and also that other hospitals (esp Rockingham, being a hospital that this surgery is preformed at) are not options.

I will speak to the hospital and the specialist in the morning and see if we can come to some sort of compromise - NOT do the tonsillectomy, but keep the surgery date and do the adenoids and grommets - or I will pass on the surgery date, stay on the public list and spend the next few months sorting a holiday in the city and coming up with options for the other kids.

Now that I’m aware of the 2week requirement, I am able to spend a few months working something out if I need to pass on this date.

Thanks again for all your help.

ETA: we do not qualify for Ronald McDonald house. Along with other criteria, you must live over 100km away, and we don’t.

Edited by kiwimum2b, 06 May 2019 - 10:13 PM.

#54 LiveLife

Posted 06 May 2019 - 10:27 PM

There is a caravan park at woodman point if that helps

#55 ~J_F~

Posted 06 May 2019 - 10:37 PM

A cabin at a caravan park is still going to be a couple of grand for a fortnight. That’s a lot of money especially if you have to take time off and miss out on income.  

It just seems such an impractical rule for many families. I get the reasoning but I can just see how many families couldn’t make it work.

#56 Pocket...

Posted 07 May 2019 - 04:07 PM

So I asked my friends in your area OP whose kids had tonsils out. One said the hospital, Perth based, didn't say anything about staying close to a hospital.  The other was told they were fine to be about 30 minutes from the health campus however when her child had a bleed they took them to the health campus and they were then transferred to Fiona Stanley. They do wish they'd been closer to the hospital having experienced the bleed though.

#57 Safety Queen

Posted 07 May 2019 - 04:47 PM

When my daughter had a post op bleed it wasn't much but because it was 3 am they didn't want to risk it and sent an urgent ambulance  - i hadn't even finished packing before they got there and we were whisked off to hospital , all was ok and she was luck it was only a little but we had to stay for another day and night for observation just in case , it can go horribly wrong so quickly

I would get DH to take carers leave for the 2 weeks

#58 PrincessPeach

Posted 07 May 2019 - 04:57 PM

Could you ring Rockingham hospital & ask them about their policy for after tonselectomy care?

Fib a bit & say you have the option of going there or Perth for you child & see what they say. If they say they can cope with your situation I'd stay with your family 5 minutes from Rockingham hospital.

#59 kiwimum2b

Posted 07 May 2019 - 07:01 PM

So I didn’t get to speak to the specialist today as he was in surgery, but he is calling me tomorrow.

I have been told that yes that rule applies to country patients, then checked my address, said I’m not country and she is unsure why the options I suggested aren’t ok.  
I asked about the possibility of getting the tonsillectomy taken off the list, and they said it’s defiantly an option but the specialist will discuss that when he calls.
I was told to go ahead and book the date (as we’re very lucky to get one so quick) and that we will work everything out tomorrow when he’s in the office. They didn’t seem too concerned and said we have options.
At the very worst it can’t work for this appt and we wait another 6 months.

Pocket- thank you..it’s so confusing when there seems to be a grey area because of the location. Not close enough but not far enough either. I would have no qualms about the health campus and the care they can and do provide.

PrincessPeach- good idea! I will discuss it with the specialist, and if it’s an option, stay in Rockingham and let my DD be spoilt rotten by my aunt.


Posted 08 May 2019 - 08:47 AM

Wow, hope you can sort it OP. Someone to look after your other kids? Your Aunt? Their Dad take time off work?

I hope you don't need to reschedule the operation.

#61 kiwimum2b

Posted 11 June 2019 - 11:00 AM


My daughter had the surgery (all off it-tonsillectomy, adenoids and grommets) and is fully recovered.
The specialist had no issue with me going home or my location. Agreed it was ridiculous to expect me to stay in the cbd when we have 2 very good and fully capable hospitals so close by.

Surgery was quick and we were in hospital for the night followed by the 2 week recovery at home. No bleeding or complications thank goodness, and I was not in any way concerned by our location or proximity to help if needed.

Thanks for all the advice and opinions.
I agree that it’s great they have the precautions in place for families coming from the country, but think there needs to be some flexibility and not stated as a blanket rule. I’m glad common sense prevailed in my case. (Even when asked by hospital staff they were fine with me going home and when I mentioned the 2 week cbd stay, they said that applies to rural/country patients only)

#62 Freddie'sMum

Posted 11 June 2019 - 11:33 AM

Great update OP.

Glad your DD is better.

#63 Soontobegran

Posted 11 June 2019 - 11:45 AM

So glad that all is well and common sense prevailed.
CBD hospitals are not the only places which can manage post op complications when there are well equipped and well staffed regional places around.
You are so right about the need for flexibility.

#64 Kafkaesque

Posted 11 June 2019 - 03:56 PM

View PostEsmeLennox, on 06 May 2019 - 08:16 PM, said:

I live less than 20km from PCH...in peak traffic I wouldn’t be getting there in under 30 minutes. Nor would many places in the metro area.

That’s absurd.

You would in an ambulance.

#65 PrincessPeach

Posted 11 June 2019 - 07:40 PM

View PostKafkaesque, on 11 June 2019 - 03:56 PM, said:

You would in an ambulance.

You'd still have to wait for an ambulance to get to you in the first place.

#66 SeaPrincess

Posted 11 June 2019 - 07:43 PM

Completely irrelevant once I read the update! Glad to hear it went well OP.

Edited by SeaPrincess, 11 June 2019 - 07:44 PM.

#67 TrixieBelden

Posted 11 June 2019 - 08:12 PM

Glad to hear it went well.

Lots of regional hospitals are entirely equipped to cope. Not all though, and appearances can be misleading. I have worked in more than one smaller hospital that had a ‘paediatric ward’ that could certainly not have dealt with a bleeding paediatric airway (the very phrase makes me feel sick and I intubate children for a living).

#68 gracie1978

Posted 11 June 2019 - 08:49 PM

Glad it's all done, my son had this surgery last year and 10 months later he is a different kid, so much happier :)

We found keeping a medication chart at home to be quite useful, it gets confusing with Panadol, Nurofen and the hard stuff!!
We also found he was sadder and sorer in week 2 of the recovery.

#69 EsmeLennox

Posted 11 June 2019 - 10:13 PM

View PostKafkaesque, on 11 June 2019 - 03:56 PM, said:

You would in an ambulance.

Maybe, maybe not. There’s no emergency services lanes on most of the routes to PCH.

Glad commonsense prevailed OP, and that it all went well.

Edited by EsmeLennox, 11 June 2019 - 10:14 PM.

#70 FearsomeFeralFreak

Posted 11 June 2019 - 10:45 PM

Glad it went well.
My DS had a major bleed 12 days after getting his tonsils out. It was definitely treated as an absolute emergency. There was a lot of blood, I was very glad to be close to a hospital.

Edited by FearsomeFeralFreak, 11 June 2019 - 10:47 PM.

#71 Kafkaesque

Posted 17 June 2019 - 07:16 PM

View PostEsmeLennox, on 11 June 2019 - 10:13 PM, said:

Maybe, maybe not. There’s no emergency services lanes on most of the routes to PCH.

Glad commonsense prevailed OP, and that it all went well.

My husband is a St John paramedic here in Perth and assure me that he could get from 20km away to PCH in about 11-13 minutes regardless of which routes he had to take.

Glad it’s all sorted for you OP. Just as an aside my son needs tonsils out and with my partner doing St. John shifts we haven’t even managed to work out when to do it and we are metro 😂

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