'This is a great building and is really interesting and ornate inside, it was built in 1862 in Steelhouse Lane Birmingham
Today we had an appointment in the morning at Birmingham Children's Hospital. It was a check up for Euan with the Orthotics department regarding his insoles in his shoes. Euan was diagnosed with a 'club foot', or talipes at a twenty week scan. Talipes effects 1 in 1000 babies. Before the scan I sat waiting and said to my partner "For some reason 'My Left Foot' has come into my head". I know it is unbelievable but Euan's left foot is the one affected. He was on the books at Birmingham Children's Hospital before he was born. He made an unexpected early arrival in to the world, my due date was September the 4th 2004, he arrived 'Fit and well' at the beginning of July ( he has been in a rush all his life!). He was in a plaster cast at five days old before he even weighed 6 pounds. The cast went from his toes to his hip and needed to be changed each week. He had this treatment in four week intervals, I cannot remember how many times. Euan has been fairly regular at the 'Children's Hospital' ever since. He had a series of plaster casts and when he was not in cast wore 'Boots and a Bar' for 23 hours a day until he was about two and then he wore them at night until he was about three and a half. We had to shop for baby clothes that were easy to get on and off and my Mom would alter the legs in his clothing so I could still change him easily. He also had an operation at 10 weeks old. Looking back it was all very stressful, but the Children's Hospital is a humbling place and I was always glad to be coming out with my own problems rather than other peoples. At the same time Euan had his treatments Henry also had three lots of ear surgery and a 'Bone Anchored Hearing Aid fitted'. We were always up to Birmingham with one or the other and by coincidence on several occasions they would have appointments on the same day in different departments. We made a right family day out of it! I have done a few over night stays on a children's ward. Euan actually had his last surgery the day before his sixth birthday so we woke up to his Birthday on the Ward, he was treated like a Lord and remembers it fondly! I always went overboard buying them presents when either of them went to hospital so they actually looked forward to going rather than dreaded it. I am a 'Spoon full of Sugar' kind of Mom! Many a tantrum has been averted with Cadbury Chocolate (another Great Product of Birmingham's Heritage) or a toy!