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Since Mathilda was born we grew quite familiar with hospitals and doctors. Every four months we have to check the eye pressure. For this we go to the Reine Fabiola Hospital for Children here in Brussels-Jette. It’s always a daytrip because it involves travelling to the other side of the city, waiting, experiencing belgian bureaucray (which includes more watiting) and a screaming Mathilda. The examination is on the open eye and with Mathilda getting older it is no longer possible to persuade her holding her head still so that a doctor can look into her eyes.

So this time it was extra hard. Today it took three adults ( us and one doctor) to hold her lying still on her back on a bench and an expert to measure the eye pressure with a Frankensteinish instrument. She screamed like hell. And I cried to. This is the last time we do it this way. It’s not good for Mathilda nor for us at a parent. Luckily the results were negative.

Afterwards we treated ourselves with a waffles at the hospital bistro. Needless to say it consisted of 1000% sugar. But Mathilda liked it. The orange colour is from her eye drops.



Two weeks ago we had our second rendezvous with a dermatologist for M’s red spot. All the doctors  – not dermatologists – we spoke to said the there would be a possibility that the red spot, actually broken veins, could also be affecting her eye which would  mean glaucom and her brain which would mean epileptic fits. So we checked eyes and her brain. All test were negative. But still the fear that there is something hiding in M was still present.

So we went to this dermatologist at Hospital Reine Fabiola who is a specialist in that field. Her first words were actually: “It’s nothing serious. And as all the tests turned out to be negative don’t worry. I really don’t quite understand why all the other doctors put you into that panic.”

Hearing her saying this was like giving us a licence for joy. And it took a load as big as the Mount Everest from my mind. It felt like I was freed from a doom. Suddenly lightness, thousands of butterflies. Pink clouds, smiling fairies hiding behind every corner, riding on unicorns. Words cannot describe the sudden relieve.

And now carpe diem. Every day! Every minute! Even when there’s no sunshine here in Brussels. M and I will shine throughout the whole world.

(Make your own fairy & unicorn)

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