When Poppy came home from pre-school feeling tired, little did we know what was to come. The high temperature and high heart rate she developed and sustained over the following days lead to a call to NHS Direct, an out of hours GP visit and ultimately an admission to Gloucester Hospital that same evening. A chest x-ray followed, alongside an ultrasound and numerous blood samples – the first two came back clear, but the blood results were still niggling the consultant. A gut instinct that something was amiss. A blood transfusion was arranged ahead of a transfer by ambulance to Bristol Children’s Hospital for a bone marrow aspirate to take place under general anesthetic. The results were returned the next day and delivered to Graham and I with Poppy sitting on my lap.
Poppy has Leukaemia.