Reflections on the last year
As we move through January 2017, every day I am mindful of the date. That is because so many of the days have very vivid memories from 2016 associated with them, as they led up to what has been our journey this last year. My son Isaac had been suffering from backache since being at the athletics track in December and it didn’t seem to be improving.
He generally seemed under the weather but kept going, playing football for his team, representing his athletics club in races, and swimming. He went swimming on 20 January 2016 but had a little crash while doing backstroke and had to get out of the pool as his shoulder was so painful. It seemed like a massive overreaction from a child who was usually so easygoing and would never stop doing sport no matter how injured. We had seen the doctor and he also thought it was a pulled muscle, but was doing tests and keeping an eye on it.
By Friday morning I was concerned that maybe Isaac had sustained a serious injury to his shoulder so I decided to take him to the drop-in centre at the hospital. In the meantime school called to say he had become very unwell. His shoulder and back were hurting and he looked very poorly.