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Failure to thrive: epilogue

I haven’t written much about my son Ben’s medical problems because they are his, not mine, and I am mindful of his future privacy. I have, however, been writing over the last year about my worries about him and my increasing sense of desperation as he continued to slip down the weight charts.

So it with an incredible sense of relief and gratitude that today he was officially signed off by the hospital and turned back over to his doctor regarding his failure-to-thrive.

My son is thriving. He was anyway, of course, in a personal sense but now he is physically thriving. Really thriving. And I couldn’t be more grateful.

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  • Olivia April 19, 2007, 6:54 pm

    Oh ella I’m so pleased. So very pleased. Now go have a drink on me!

  • Ellie April 19, 2007, 7:34 pm

    This is wonderful news Ella. You must be so relieved. I am really glad to hear Ben is doing so well now.

  • Smartie April 19, 2007, 8:46 pm

    Great news! I love a happy ending.

  • Sherry April 19, 2007, 9:54 pm


  • Whymommy April 19, 2007, 10:34 pm

    Hooray! What a blessing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful news with us. As I nurture my second son through his newborn days, I think often of your Ben and I’ve been worrying — and hoping for news like this.


  • Fiona G April 19, 2007, 10:45 pm

    Fantastic, Ella. I can only imagine how worrying this has been for you.

  • Eva April 19, 2007, 10:56 pm

    Everyone’s said it already, but still – hooray!

  • angelfeet April 19, 2007, 10:22 pm

    That’s such wonderful news.

  • Sally April 20, 2007, 3:29 am

    I’m so happy for all of you and your family.

  • Cesca April 20, 2007, 2:41 am

    I’m so glad to hear it!

  • Pippa April 20, 2007, 8:49 am

    Wonderful news, Ell.

  • Lucy April 20, 2007, 9:37 am

    Hey Ella, glad to hear it was the news you hoped for.

  • Janie April 20, 2007, 10:07 am

    Congratulations on the good news. I’m sure he’s going to be a strapping lad and you’ll wonder how he ever struggled in his first year!

  • Hillary April 20, 2007, 10:21 am

    I haven’t commented here before but I’ve been following Ben’s progress as I also have a baby who is failing to thrive. I’m so pleased that he is doing well now and I’m hoping for similar news one day soon for my little girl.

  • ella April 20, 2007, 11:03 am

    Hillary – I’m sorry to hear that your little girl is failing to thrive. I hope she starts doing well very soon.

  • Jo April 20, 2007, 12:40 pm

    I haven’t visited in ages [sorry] but when I read this I was very happy for you all.

  • Katie April 20, 2007, 2:15 pm

    Another one to add my comment to say what wonderful news.

    Did you ever find out what was the root cause of his failure to thrive?

  • ella April 20, 2007, 6:51 pm

    Katie – no we didn’t despite many visits to the hospital.

  • Kristen April 24, 2007, 2:21 am

    So happy to hear that, Ella!