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But all changed when our daughter became seriously ill. After seven weeks of hospital visits, more than 10 dashes to A and E, appointments with paediatricians, orthopaedic experts, consultants, rheumatologists, X-rays, ultrasounds and a week's stay at our local hospital we had finally got a consultation at Great Ormond Street Hospital to get to the bottom of our daughter's illness.
|Enjoying birthday cake after three days in hospital|
But three weeks later Yasmin bizarrely lost the use of her left arm. Worrying she had somehow managed to fracture her arm without my knowledge, and panicking about being a terrible mother if this was the case, I carried her for fifteen minutes, at nine months pregnant, on a rare day of sweltering heat, to A and E, almost passing out in the process. Yet, X-rays showed nothing wrong and we were discharged. A few days later Yasmin started to limp. Back to A and E, and this time she was admitted to the children's ward where she was assessed for three days. This meant we had to cancel her second birthday party at a soft play centre although she was let home just in time to gobble her Peppa Pig Birthday cake.
The doctors believed she had reactive arthritis and her joint pain was a result of the virus that had struck while we were on holiday. We were advised it would most likely clear up on its own within weeks. Googling her symptoms at this stage, including weight loss, pale skin and joint pain, I did start to worry that she might have leukaemia but my concerns were dismissed by a consultant who insisted 'Children with leukaemia are really sick' and I needn't worry.
|Fed up after a week in hospital|
However, her next tests were normal again and the doctor who believed she may have leukaemia appeared to have been overruled by those who thought it was reactive arthritis. One horrendous weekend, Andrew took Yasmin to A and E on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Yasmin was in so much pain and her temperature was high - we knew there was something seriously wrong. But each time she was sent home and we were told she must ride out the pain!
As the pain spread into her right leg Yasmin was admitted into children's ward once more, where she underwent even more tests and we finally got a referral to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Yasmin was to have a bone marrow which would determine if she had leukaemia or not.