We're all very, very happy to now be home. And mightily relieved.

Aran was discharged late tuesday morning after 10 nights in hospital. And an hour or so before being discharged he managed to fall backwards over his toy bag and give himself a black eye.

Reading and translating the discharge papers tells that alongside the Bronchal Pneumonia, Aran's also had Acute Hypocomplementemic Glomerulonephritis, slight ACR. In short, a not uncommon post Streptococcal reaction became quite worrying due to an immunodeficiency, whereby too much complement (an immune protein) flooded his kidneys and lead him towards renal failure. This at least is our understanding of what's gone on - it can be hard enough to get your head round all the medical jargon in your own language, let alone with a language barrier!

We've a few more days of antibiotics and the pneumonia has all but gone. But it's the protein levels and kidney function that we're monitoring now, and we've a strict no-potassium-reduced-salt diet to follow until we're told otherwise. We all expect him to make a full recovery yet there's a slight chance of chronic kidney disease, so the no-chocolate-no-bananas fights will be worth it in the long run.

We're all very tired and it's taking a while to decompress but we're getting there!

I'm not expecting to get much work done over the next few weeks, and things are piling up. Thankfully I'd put the brakes on just about everything at the end of 2013 and there are very few deadlines this early in the year!

Nothing beats being home together again. Even the round ball of white fluff is pleased to have her family back again.

AuthorWoolly Wormhead
CategoriesOffspring, Tom