Emily Farquhar

Premmie Marathon Challenge

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45
kms

My target 42 kms

I’m taking part in the Premmie Marathon Challenge

Thank you for supporting ‘Premmie Marathon Challenge’ this November, raising funds for urgently needed lifesaving humidicribs for the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, and the Alice Springs Hospital neonatal units, giving hundreds of premature babies a better chance of survival.

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On the 5th of October 2018, we found out that we were expecting our first baby. In what we would know to be true Hudson style, he was full of surprises and had already hung out on the inside for 18 weeks and 5 days without us knowing! 
Instead of the “let’s wait to tell people” it was a “shit, we need to tell everyone before this baby magically appears”... and magically appeared he did.. 6 weeks later to the day - loved a Friday this boy, but Thursdays were really not his thing... or the number 6 but that it a wholeeeeee other story!

Little Hudson was born on the 16th of November 2018 at 24+5 weeks gestation. He was 750g and 33.5cm long - a “good size”.

Other than a pesky PDA, premmie lungs and a suspected infection or two we had a fairly uneventful NICU journey. Ok that makes it sound like a walk in the park.. it wasn’t.. it was hell.. having to say “see you tomorrow” everyday and leave him in the care of people who were the only ones that knew how to keep him alive.. not you... however, our outcomes were better than many and he was a growing and determined little dude. 

Fast forward 116 days, we finally got to go home after an agonising wait for a week to get his hernia repaired - it was our ticket out of there and we were so ready to be an “at home” family! 

We encountered a really nasty patch that started with refusal at the breast.. then refusal of the bottle.. then projectile vomits that were worthy of an Olympic gold medal! However, we kept hearing “oh it’s only reflux” ... “all babies have reflux” ... “he will just grow out of it”... *insert gigantic eye roll here*... well after a few hospital admissions, put on reflux medications, doctors becoming concerned that he hadn’t grown or put on weight in a long time etc etc etc. we had the NGT re inserted. This was a blessing as we weren’t having to work to get him to feed from the bottle BUTTT the vomiting got worse and worse and worse. His breathing began to worsen, every breath becoming more laboured until it looked like he was running a marathon just whilst lying down or sleeping. Concerned it was getting worse I took him to ED. We were admitted for 12 days for investigations where the only reason they could give me was that he had a virus... yet he was happy, full of energy... just breathing terribly. For months we put up with his reflux, projectile vomiting and washing his clothes, our clothes and his sheets several times a day. We were scared to have him in the car as he would begin to choke when he was vomiting due to the angle he sat at... until we were finally referred to a respiratory specialised... well Hudson does like to make an impression on people and after a few visits of being cute, Hudson showed his true colours and projectile vomited all over his office, as well as had one of his scary choking episodes. He was aspirating his vomit every time, and our doctor was mortified that his “just reflux” had been brushed off for so long. This was our reason for his breathing deteriorating.. not a virus.. We were again admitted where we spent just over a week for them to completely stop his vomiting so that it was safe for him to go home.  This meant a TPT (Transpyloric Tube) and home oxygen to help take the pressure off of his even more damaged lungs. 

This was our saving grace. Although at the time it felt like we had taken a billion steps backwards, little did we know that we would take some huge steps forward! Just days after not vomiting Hudson out a rusk in his mouth. This was the first time anything but his teddy had been in his mouth.. and of course, I cried tears of joy! 
Slowly we made progress towards eating. It involved mess, over-excitement of how delicious food was (even when it was the worlds plainest cracker), and countless items of food thrown on the floor for the dog to eat (if you don’t have a dog already - get one, they’re amazing cleaners and I can highly recommend labradors! ?). We went from his TPT back to a normal NGT... and he continued to try new things but custard was his currency! 
Fast forward a year later and the feeding team said the words I never thought I would hear... let’s pull it... for a moment I was unsure what they were pulling.. maybe his arms and legs to make him longer?! But no, they were talking about the tube! It came out and it hasn’t gone back in! Although his weight gain isn’t fabulous and we have been struck by illness and pesky teeth coming through, I feel so “normal” now and it’s amazing. He may be small, but hell he is determined and will fight with everything he’s got. At the end of the day, he will be one heck of a jockey if he still weighs under 9kgs by his 18th birthday!! 

He is about to turn 2, and my goodness - that fighting spirit that got him through the tough times in NICU sure does make for one hell of a toddler. He is incredibly funny, he is so expressive in terms of the faces he pulls and he loves to make people laugh. To my busy little mountain goat, could you please stop climbing onto everything and slow down time - you are amazing! 

I’m running this marathon over the month because these incubator saved his life. He endured so much, and if he can do that.. then I can run a couple of kms to help raise the money needed to buy more of them. You are my inspiration little man - thank you for opening up my world and allowing me to meet so many incredible families along this journey! 

Thank you to my Sponsors

$104

Sonia & Cameron Scott

Go Emily, super proud of you, supporting you all the way xx

$104

Jeanette & Trevor Farquhar

So very proud of you babes

$100

Jason Varney And Jasmine

Your amazing for doing this, Varney believes in you. You'll smash it.

$52

Mario & Niki

Good luck Em! Just yell if you need a runner for company ;-)

$52

Tania & David White

Are you crazy? Haven't you got enough on your plate? But of course we are behind you all the way. Go Emily!

$52

Hannah White

You go girl! So super proud, what a beautiful cause! Love you guys so so much

$52

Susan And Brian Gray

You go girl best mumma

$50

Carol White

Good Luck with your run xx

$50

Chrisna Van Zyl

$50

Dianne Tilley

Very special bubs

$50

Leila

You’re amazing. Go Em!

$31.20

The Spallys

$20.80

Harves

Awesome work Em!

$20.80

Emily Farquhar

$20.80

Haylee Ritter

Go mumma bear!

$20.80

Katie Mchugh

Well done Em x

$20.80

O’neil Family

Good luck. ❤️❤️

$20.80

Anonymous

$20.80

Mcdade Family

Go you good thing!!

$20.80

Jen Joy

You're awesome and so got this! x

$20.80

Anonymous

Well done Em, 👏👏👏😘😘

$20.80

Elissa Fisher

Amazing mumma and amazing babe Huddo 🤗❤️

$20

Andrea Albon Albon

You are one amazing lady Emily. Love to you and your little family.💘

$20

Casey Mcloughlin

YOU AND HUDDY ARE AMAZING! also thanks for running, I will watch and support you from the couch while I eat chips

$10.40

Sharon Prior

Well done Emily x

$10.40

Jordy Graham

Well done Emily :-) xx

$10.40

Janette

Good luck great cause xx

Our Team

Kristina Thacker

Raised so far:

$1,166.80

Courtney Jenkinson

Raised so far:

$3,122.40

Amy Purling (C)

Raised so far:

$1,832.20

Scott Purling

Raised so far:

$848.40

Miranda Watson

Deana Aston

Raised so far:

$503.36

Aimee Storm Dunn

Raised so far:

$134.40

Lauren Bartlett

Raised so far:

$702.80

Naomi Pudney

Raised so far:

$810.00

Gillian Snibson

Raised so far:

$1,206.00

Chiara Festa

Raised so far:

$470.16

Leah Tickle

Raised so far:

$427.00

Shanna van leeuwen

Raised so far:

$62.40

Alice Welsh

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$103.60

Steph Milton

Raised so far:

$31.20

Talitha Grochowski

Raised so far:

$367.60

Amanda Bock

Raised so far:

$727.68

Emma Bone

Raised so far:

$4,402.36

Jess Pate

Raised so far:

$951.00

Sally Kearney

Jenna Hadley

Raised so far:

$548.40

Madalaine Cole

Raised so far:

$1,056.88

Sarah Kocken

Raised so far:

$2,126.40

Sherolea Leonidas

Raised so far:

$169.60

Hayley Flook

Raised so far:

$751.68

Aleisha Drummond

Raised so far:

$248.80

Jackie Brennan

Raised so far:

$445.00

Jana Clarkson

Raised so far:

$322.40

Hayley Campbell

Danielle Walker

Raised so far:

$4,833.04

Emily Farquhar

Raised so far:

$1,026.40

Rachel Southwell

Raised so far:

$1,051.60

Sally Gregurke

Raised so far:

$545.20

Jenny Walker

Raised so far:

$741.20

Tae Viri Brown

Raised so far:

$1,207.60

Emma Moule

Raised so far:

$140.40

Kate Stone

Raised so far:

$208.00

Christina Lipitkas

Raised so far:

$285.60

Kelly Fernandez

Raised so far:

$393.20

Alana Uffindell

Rachael Gurner

Raised so far:

$1,057.36

Nathalie Phan

Raised so far:

$1,001.84

Bec Schenscher

Raised so far:

$799.60

elle turner

Raised so far:

$289.20

Joanne Pascal

Raised so far:

$267.60

Madeleine Yahya

Raised so far:

$1,872.00

Daniel Pudney

Raised so far:

$686.40

Sally Clapp

Raised so far:

$1,538.48

Olivia Herde

Raised so far:

$91.20

Kelsie Mccandless

Raised so far:

$341.20

Jordan Phillips

Raised so far:

$740.80

Robyn Harris

Raised so far:

$551.23

Kate Jeffery

Raised so far:

$248.20

Mary Young

Raised so far:

$642.28

Emily Looker

Raised so far:

$756.80

Anna Moore

Jess Rothacker

Carla Mezei

Raised so far:

$1,225.80

Roger Bennie

Raised so far:

$729.20

Faith Ryan-Conaghty

Raised so far:

$206.00

Joy Bourne

Raised so far:

$653.28

Alicia Walsh

Raised so far:

$509.28

Lauren Lee

Raised so far:

$655.20

Claire Moore

Raised so far:

$1,401.28

Zara Szanto

Brittany Crossley

Sally Carter

Raised so far:

$1,082.20

Courtney Ahrns

Raised so far:

$590.00

Katrina Duncombe

Raised so far:

$562.80

Rhiannon Slade

Raised so far:

$2,301.00

Katherine Birse

Raised so far:

$52.00

Tegan Gully-Crispe

Raised so far:

$252.72

Deanna Facchin

Raised so far:

$825.80

Chloe Turner

Raised so far:

$181.80

Natasha Parekh

Raised so far:

$1,059.20

Sinead Quinn

Raised so far:

$649.00

Tahnee Gillies

Raised so far:

$946.56

Catherine Bennie

Raised so far:

$499.80

Sue Mounsey

Raised so far:

$1,409.60

Jessica Hannah

Raised so far:

$592.96

Matthew Lynch

Raised so far:

$1,322.00