The month of May is a busy birthday month for us. Amongst other birthdays, our middle daughter Esme was turning three on the 3rd and our eldest daughter Freya was turning seven on the 9th.
Around the time of Esme’s birthday we had noticed that her complexion was paler than usual and her legs were quite bruised. Her behaviour had changed somewhat too – she was very aggressive all of a sudden and there was no reasoning with her. Apart from that she was well, no cold, no temperature and we just put it down to being three years old, starting pre-school and being more tired than usual.
Several days after her third birthday she complained of severe leg pains that made her cry and she wanted to sit in the pram more frequently, which was uncharacteristic. A few days later she started to fall asleep in the middle of the afternoon and kept complaining she was cold. I had also noticed little red ‘pin prick’ spots on her body. There were still no cold symptoms or temperature.