Emmy was the most outgoing, sassy, 10 year old diva. We had just celebrated her 10th birthday when Emmy started being sick. It wasn’t much and we thought it was just a little chill in her tummy. A week later she was sick again and then was so sleepy over the weekend. We thought she was just exhausted from school.
The following week we had moved house and we were starting to get the Christmas decorations out to get into the festive spirit. By the weekend, Emmy became poorly, this time experiencing pain in her neck and increased drowsiness. I called our local out of hours and made an appointment. We ended up having paramedics out to see her as she got worse, but by the time they came, she seemed to have perked up.
Following their advice, we took Emmy to the out of hours appointment. Emmy quickly went down hill and during the appointment was falling asleep on the doctor. He thought it could be suspected meningitis and sent us to another hospital. There we were observed for hours and sent home as her obs were normal and her temperature hadn’t spiked.
By the next day, Emmy went downhill rapidly and didn’t recognise her nanny when she visited and she wasn’t making any sense. We rang 999 and were on our way in the ambulance back to the hospital.
There we were seen by a consultant who sent us for a CT scan after concerns over her behaviour (she was still very confused). It was then that I was given the devastating news that there was a tumour on her brain. Even the consultant was shocked to tell me as her symptoms were unusual. We were soon on our way to the children’s hospital where we were met by a huge team of consultants and surgeons who were planning how to treat Emmy and remove the tumour.