When I was 20 weeks pregnant I found out that my son was going to be born with a single kidney. When he was born it landed up being a little more complicated as he had severe hydronephrosis. This is essentially dilation of the renal pelvis and calyces of the kidney as a result of obstruction to urine flow downstream. With a single kidney this was really serious as the pressure was inhibiting his kidney to grow and damaging it at the same time. Our rollercoaster ride began and at 5 weeks old he was in theatre to have a his first operation. There were many procedures, ultrasounds and operations for a few years following his diagnosis, each one giving us a better understanding of the dynamics of his urinary tract system.
Our kidney journey continues but my son is doing really well and we are able to ensure his kidney is growing from his last big procedure where they created a mitrofanoff stoma.
My mom became my rock. She would be at Starship every morning at 7am and leave at 5pm. This gave me the opportunity to focus on work from my sons hospital bed side. It also presented an opportunity for my mom to whip out her sewing skills and custom make me things that we needed that were not available on the market.
"Mom I need like a big pillow for when we are at home recovering... something that I can easily keep clean and is really comfortable.. and I want to take it everywhere with me so he always has a safe place to relax or sleep. Moaning about how many times I have to wash the mattress protector because we had another catheter leak... the list went on... " and my mom started making the most awesome life changing products for me.
This is where Home of Huggles was born.... When we realised the difference these products were making to my life we knew that this would be a great little business venture for my mom. She is an integral team member on our kidney journey and Home of Huggles provides her with the opportunity to be independant and also help us when we need her most. We do hope that you love our products and they make your daily challenges a little bit easier to.....