When we were first approached about coming to Bluebell Wood with Brendan I was horrified. Why on earth would we want to go to a place like that? Did they think we weren’t coping well with his condition? All sorts of negatives and no positives were going through my mind. When we were finally persuaded to come for a ‘look around’ we sat for quarter of an hour in the car park before finally venturing in.
Well I am never one to admit that I am wrong, but boy was I wrong about Bluebell Wood. From the moment we walked through the door it felt right. It wasn’t the ‘dour’ sad place I had expected it to be and I couldn’t wait to get booked in for our first stay. On the first stay I did do most of Brendan’s care, this was more to do with the fact that I didn’t want to be thought of as lazy as opposed to not trusting the staff to look after our ‘special boy’. We are much more at ease with this now and we just do as much or as little as we want and just recharge our batteries, whilst our ‘special friends’, as we have come to think of the staff, take care of not only Brendan but all of us as a family.
Brendan has recently been very poorly and we came over from Sheffield Children’s Hospital to Bluebell Wood for him to be taken off the ventilator. We were treated with so much compassion, but not pity. When we were waiting for Brendan to arrive, our family were all provided with rooms to sleep in as we spent what we thought would be our last stay. The strange things that go through your mind at such a time are sometimes difficult to fathom and the one thing that really bothered me was the fact that we had never had a family photo taken with us all in it. I spoke to a member of the care team about it and within an hour she told me that it had been organised. Those photos will be treasured forever and also the memories that go with it.
Thankfully Brendan pulled through and we took him home, I don’t know how we would have coped without the support of the wonderful people at Bluebell Wood. When asked what Bluebell Wood means to us I could say many things. Support, care, love and friendship. Some of the people we have met at the parents and grandparents group will be lifelong friends I am sure. Bluebell Wood is as vital as the air we breathe and just as important. So without wanting to gush I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Bluebell Wood for everything they do and for carrying the load when we need it the most. It really is appreciated.
Very lucky Mummy to Brendan. X