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  • I am nervous today.

    My daughter Madeleine is going to have a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (an operation to remove her gall bladder).

    I am going with her and will remain with her in hospital for as long as I can, and hopefully be there when she wakes up from the anaesthetic.

    I remember having the same operation myself. Feeling the anaesthetic moving through me like liquid ice, then darkness.

    Image: Madeleine is sitting on my lap when she was three and I was pregnant with my second baby, in London.
  • I wish Madeleine did not need this operation.

    I have a strong mother instinct to shelter her from all pain and unpleasant experiences.

    But all I can do today is just be near her.

    Image: Madeleine showing a new coat she had for her 44th birthday.
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