After work I went to pick my daughter up from my mother’s place. When I went she ran to me told me she had missed me and went to the backyard to play. Ten minutes later she came in crying and screaming her leg was hurting. I asked my son who was playing with her if she had fallen or hurt herself to which he replied ‘no’. She seemed tired so I tried to put her to bed but every time she moved her leg she was screaming. It soon was very obvious that she was in a lot of pain screaming and yelling every time she had to move her leg. I took her to the doctor who sent me to emergency as he suspected she had broken her leg.

I rang my husband to come to the hospital straight after work as she seemed really tired with a temperature developing. It occurred to me then that we were going to be there for a while. By the time he had arrived she had her scans and the results were fine. No broken bone on her leg, knee or her hips.

They knew something was wrong but didn’t know what. She had a temperature she was swollen but no apparent broken or fractured bone. At this stage we were quite worried. Having had a family member have leukaemia before it was quite scary when the doctors told us they would be doing a red and white blood cell count.

Her results came in and they were definitely not what we were expecting. In my head I had planned everything. I knew I would be the first in line to see if I would be a matching donor. The results were that she had inflammation in her blood. I had no idea what this was but I was happy to hear this.

We were told she had sceptic arthritis and that she needed to have surgery. She was booked in and had surgery. One of the hardest things I have seen so far was taking her in having to let go of her tiny hand and leaving her in the hands of a few men that I had only briefly met. One administered the anaesthesia, while others were going to operate on her.

We were in hospital for 2 weeks, but this time in hospital made me realise a lot of things. Appreciate everything you have. My daughter recovered well and lately she has been complaining of her knee. We were told it could happen again at anytime therefore needing surgery again. During our stay we saw lots of kids, some having heart transplants others fighting cancer, but we have learnt one thing and that is:

Be thankful!

Posted by seryem, 30th June 2013

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  • that would have been so scary. i don’t know how i would have handled that. poor thing


  • So very true we need to be thankful for everything we have and count our blessings on the good days


  • Appreciate what you have. I hope you daughter does not continue to need surgery.


  • god that would have been scarey


  • God what a nightmare – so glad she came through ok, and I hope it does not reoccur


  • I’m glad she’s ok would have been a scary time for you and your family. It’s good to appreciate life in general!


  • Thank goodness she is ok. I had sit with my son while they put him under for an operation. He was 4 at the time and screamed and begged me not to let them do that to him. It broke my heart to do that to him, but knew it was for the best. Since then he has had 3 other surgeries and he no longer cries about being put under.


  • My friends daughter had this happen too very scary and so many tests. Glad it all worked out, hopefully she never has it again.


  • Oh my goodness! It sounds like such a stressful ordeal. I hope your daughter is recovering from surgery well and I do hope there will be no need for future surgeries xx


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