giant M&M in hospital


This week has just … this month, it’s not even a week, has just been so huge! I was making a giant M&M but life
life is messy … stuff happens and I feel like I can’t put this video up without
filling you in with all the crazy stuff that has gone on over the last few weeks.
So thank you all of you who have been following the channel and seeing our
comments on the videos we put up over the last couple of weeks. Thank you for
all your support and your prayers, we really appreciate that.
So we’re basically, where to begin … at the beginning.
My eldest son had an operation booked in that’s been booked in for a long time
… not complicated it was about a week stay in hospital and he came through
that so well, swimmingly well, he got out after five days everyone was saying he
was doing amazingly. He had less pain than anticipated, it was really really
good and then we came home. Next morning he woke up in intense pain and started
vomiting and swelling and by the next night he had fevers of 39C and we brought
him back in and it turns out he had a hospital-acquired infection with a
bacteria which is resistant to most of your standard antibiotics. So they had
antibiotics they knew that it should respond to but the next week and a half
two weeks it’s all blurred all the days are blurred … filled with
complication after complication and bleeds and it was just a mess. Like at
the lowest point I was sitting outside the surgery, the surgeon came out halfway
through … I’m not going to cry … Ok I’m good I can do this … okay surgeon came out so yeah the lowest
point was when he had to have a second surgery to drain all the internal bleeds,
his lung was infected with the bacteria. They were testing during surgery whether
his heart was infected they weren’t sure whether it was or wasn’t. A surgeon came
out halfway through to say the anaesthetist was concerned about him …
didn’t think he was doing well during the operation and they might have to
take him up to the intensive care ward afterwards depending how he tracked in
recovery so they had another two-hour wait after that I could see him and hold
his hand and know that it was okay and that was probably the lowest point for
me … probably not his lowest point he could tell you stories of intense pain
and stuff that’s gone on that’s just been huge. But he’s a trouper he’s so, so
determined and so strong and in recovery he pulled through well enough that we
could go back to the ward and so that’s where he’s been since on really strong
antibiotics, waiting everyday and we feel like every
day they say he needs to be here for at least a week and the weeks are not
becoming days. But he is progressing! Hey, it’s been a long time in hospital but I’m slowly getting better should be home in not too long. By the time this goes up I truly hope
that we’re back home but for the moment I’ve just been in here with him and
Dave’s at home with the other two boys doing a champion of a job looking after
them and thank you to everyone who’s dropped meals over for Dave and the boys
and supported them while I’ve been in here with James I really thank you,
thank you, thank you! So that’s um yeah and before all this started I started
making a giant M&M … so I’ll show you how to do that now and they’ll come back and
tell you what we’re gonna do with it 💕 To make the hard shell I’m going to use
pastillage — and for that we need icing sugar, glucose syrup, water, gelatin and a
pinch of cream of tartar and all those recipe quantities will be on the
howtocookthat.net website and there’s a link to that below. Take your gelatin and
tip it into the water and immediately stir that around. The water needs to be
cold not hot. Once you have stirred it all in you want
to leave that to absorb all the water. After a few minutes tip that into a
larger bowl and then add the glucose syrup on top. Then you want to heat that
in the microwave until it’s melted, you need the bigger bowl when you heat it
because the gelatin bubbles up when you heat it up. Place the icing sugar and
that cream of tartar into the bowl of an electric mixer, turn it on and add in the
hot gelatin mixture. Now you can mix this by hand if you don’t have an electric
mixer it just might take you a little while. Once it comes away from the sides
and forms a ball tip it out onto the counter and quickly knead it just to make
sure it’s smooth now this stuff dries out fairly fast so as soon as it’s ready
put it into an airtight plastic bag until you’re about to use it. Next you
want 2 bowls that when you put them together they create a shape that’s a
bit like an M&M shape. Grab your bowls and give them both a spray with cooking
oil and then dust them with a generous amount of cornflour. Now you just use
your hand to gently rub it so that you have a smooth even thin layer of
cornflour all over your bowl without any clumps or gaps.
Roll out the pastillage and check that it’s big enough to fit the size of your
bowl and then spray the top with a thin layer of cooking oil just to stop it
sticking to itself. Now use your rolling pin to lift it up and place it over the
bowl. Now quickly just lift and lower it to get rid of any creases so that you
line the bowl smoothly just like you would if you were lining a pie dish with
pastry. Then you want to cut around the outside with a knife and leave that for
about a week to dry out and set hard. James is gonna be in the hospital for a
week (first operation), so I’ll just leave this here on the counter and come back to it then. 1
week later and James is home from his operation and doing really really well (So I thought at the time 😞)
so I’m filming this while he’s playing PlayStation with Matt. The shape of this
outside shell is a little bit flatter than I wanted probably needed a slightly
rounder bowl but this will be fine. I’ll pop that back into the bowl for support
and fill it up with melted chocolate. That is a lot of chocolate I’m gonna
have to leave that to set overnight … look at that!
Half an M&M now I’m gonna slightly overfill the second half so we don’t
have any gaps inside our M&M and then I’m just gonna flip the first full half and
place it on top. This is gonna get a little bit messy there we go.
It is important that you try and line the two halves up straight cuz once it’s
set it’s not gonna move anymore. I also have Jedd sitting in here with me reading
he’s getting so good … n.a.v.i.g.a.t.e … navigate! That’s a big word. Once that is set you can clean up any of
the chocolate that’s on the pastillage, just scrape it off first and then once
you’ve got most of it, just use some warm paper towel to get the last bits
off and then you can tip your M&M shape out of the bowl. Now that looks pretty
good but I’m not happy with the way the shape is pointy around the edge. The good
thing about pastillage is that it’s hard enough that you can scrape bits off
it so I’m going to use a knife and use that just to shave it back and
flatten that around the edge. If you’ve got a perfect bowl shape for this you
might not need to do this but if you’re like me and the bowl is not quite right
then you can just give it a little bit of a carve to get it how you want it.
Once you’re happy dampen the edge and put a really thin layer of pastillage
over the chocolate that you can see, then use a small bit of baking paper to
smooth it down onto the existing shell. Place the whole thing into a box just to
protect your counter. Cut out an M and add that on top and then spray it using
food colour that’s in an aerosol can you can buy these from most cake decorating
stores. Now I’m running out of this colour I’ve used it for something else before
so I’m gonna have to get some more in the morning to do the other side. And
when I’m looking under the M here I can see some of the spray has gone
underneath. So when you make this I’d suggest using ‘Contact’ or thick sticky
tape sort of thing, so that when you put it on no spray can get under there. If
you do have this problem that I’ve got though you can just clean it up using a
wet paint brush … you can just basically wash off the blue food colouring from
where it’s not supposed to be. Now my plan wants to go buy more of this spray
and finish it in the morning but I didn’t know that I’d be driving James to
the hospital at 3:30 in the morning with a fever and that that’s where we’d be
staying for the next few weeks! As I told you the story at the start it has been
really rough and crazy … so fast forward several weeks and that gets you to today.
So now that James is a little bit better I’m still staying here with him (in hospital)
because he still needs help with different stuff so I’m here with him
and he’s well enough now that I can leave the room for a little while. So
Dave has brought in the M&M for me and the blue spray because I ordered another can of that online so my plan is to finish that here at the hospital …
finish making the giant M&M for you. I cannot guarantee the film quality so I
might step to film it on my iphone but yeah it’s been a journey! I’m forever gonna
remember this giant M&M as being intertwined in this journey so now you
can too. But if you wouldn’t make one of these for your friends they will make a
great gift and I think we’ll probably give it to someone at the hospital who
has been helpful through James’ journey of recovery. Mum said I could give it to who I wanted so I said I’d give it to you. “Oh thank you”. You were there in some of the worst nights! “Some pretty hairy times!” That’s amazing! I love it! Thank you so much. Thank you!

100 thoughts on “giant M&M in hospital

  1. Tell your son your son to say strong and always remwmber god is always by your side and your family never gives up on you! Stay strong!

  2. Oh Ann, I've been away from YT for a good part of the year. I did not know about your son's illness until now. My prayers are with you at this time and hope he will continue to heal to good health.

  3. Oh my goodness! I know this was back in July, but I'm so sorry you had to go through this. It's so scary. Antibiotic resistant infections are terrifying. I hope he's doing well now. You're the sweetest people. I got so emotional watching this. I will remember this every time I look at a blue M&M.

  4. Your welcome my p.s. I love your channel ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜

  5. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ Weโ€™re looking out for you guys. I hope he gets better soon. Stay strong. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  6. oh lord thank you for this day please help Ann's eldest son's pain go away and please help Ann's eldest son have no more surgeries in Jesus's name I pray amen. : ):

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  10. I did not watch all your videos for the last 7 or 8 months and I'm now just catching up and all I want to say is that you are really brave as a mother and we all love you

  11. Dear MRS. Ann Reardon
    I am sorry to hear about your son
    You love your viewers so much that even when your son is ill you put up a vafio for us PRAYERS HE IS ALRIGHT

  12. Iโ€™m sure he Will get soon and May the good Lord God Help him get well. Sending prayers and Love to himโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  13. Hi Anne if u remember me it is jaiden I'm so happy for you and him๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›

  14. I hope your son doesn't loose his life if he needs to get injections because 3 million boys suffer from a blood coagulation disorder which is what my boyfriend suffered from he lost his life from getting flu shots and vaccines because of the sharp needles he also refused to get IV drips if he was admitted to the hospital like when he accidentally fell into a glass door when buying gifts for his younger sister's birthday he inherited it from his father who works as a restaurant chef but has to wear gloves when working otherwise he will also loose a liter of blood

  15. I nearly died from sepsis. I can empathize with your son. Glad that he is better. I had a long recovery because I was much older than he.

  16. Just saw this video. Itโ€™s so hard when life throws you a curveball and especially hard when itโ€™s your child. 8 years ago, I took my daughter to the hospital with what we thought was the flu. That became almost a 40 day stay and a diagnosis with an autoimmune disorder. Fast forward 8 years and 17+ operations later, she is finally grabbing life by the horns. I have to say that it has been the hardest 8 years I could have ever imagined but getting more positive as each day goes by. Itโ€™s so difficult to deal with especially because most people canโ€™t understand simply because they have never been in that situation. Iโ€™m so happy to see that your son is doing well! Life can be scary but in those challenges, it teaches us to appreciate the small things that we overlook each day. Looking forward to more episodes on your channel. Love your videos, especially the 200 year old cookbook ones. Blessings to all of you!

  17. Hi Ann,
    Watching this was heart wrenching. It's hard being a mum and watching your child being so ill and vulnerable. Praise God he came through his trial. I presume that time, prayer and support has healed your son.
    Continue being the blessing that you are. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I am so, so sorry! I sincerely hope he has recovered fully and is happy and healthy now (and that the rest of the family has recovered after this traumatic experience). Keep doing what youโ€™re doing because itโ€™s amazing ๐Ÿ˜Š stay strong.

  19. I started to cry when you cut for an emotional break no mother should have to go through this ๐Ÿคง๐Ÿคง๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  20. That is one of the things that infuriated me about release dates. They say looks like a week. The week then turns to a week and some days then two weeks.
    They should say we are not sure hopefully in a little while.
    You give a specific date and get hopes up only to disappoint

  21. Very touching. I'd never seen your channel before. I hope James has made a full recovery a year later. Making this video must have taken guts, and has been a reminder to all of us to stay strong even in the hardest of times.

  22. Sweetie…we as mother's want control over our children's lives and health. I totally understand how you feel and my heart cries for you. I just lost my granddaughter 2 weeks ago to Biliary Atresia so I know how it feels to not know what to do to help your child. I'm praying for you, your son and your family. I'm also sending you love and hugs. โ™ฅ๏ธ

  23. I died when Jed read, you guys are all so awesome thank you for sharing your talent and lives with us, you are an amazing inspirational family. God bless you and the family.

  24. omg wait ann subs these videos herself? respect โ€“ they help me so much and ik how long it takes to sub videos (since this is an old video i know they're doing fine now, so i hope they continue to have good health and longevity ๐Ÿ’•)

  25. I am a Muslim and I will pray to Allah almighty to cure you but just a recommendation :
    On YouTube just search Surah REHMAN and than tell your son to listen to it as much as he can . I had a bad operation and I used to listen to it twice a day and I recovered from my skin problem in 9 days
    Surah rehman is one chapter of Our holy book which is Quran. It is a great cure to cancers and I wish the best of luck to your son . He will survive this hard time

  26. Watching this video now, one year later. Gosh, I just adore you and your family. I'm usually a 'silent' viewer who watches and likes but doesn't often comment, but know that I have been enjoying your channel since 2014! I have always appreciated your willingness to depict life as it is; unpredictable, often messy, and riddled with joys and sorrows alike. I am so happy that your son made it through this ordeal. May you and your family be happy, healthy, and well – now and always. <3

  27. I pray for your sons recovery thank you for all that you done you are a amazing women and I pray that you stay strong to

  28. Best wishes to you and your family…it made me sorry to hear of your news but am very glad he got the care he needed. Good thoughts and prayers to you for your sonโ€™s speedy recovery from that ordeal. Lots of love!

  29. I don't watch every video when it comes out so I had no idea this happened—But I am SO sorry this happened to him. Everything's chance and sometimes it's not in our favour. He looks like he's doing better and I hope he gets well soon and had as positive a hospital experience as possible.
    You are such an amazing mother

  30. Youโ€™re a very strong woman. It only makes sense why your boys are so strong too! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and to your family x love you

  31. Oh no,i really hope he is doing well and i hope he is out of hospital by now,and the m&m looks great.i give good luck to your son

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