Complaining of backache
On 20 January 2022, our beautiful little boy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at just eight years old. It began in September 2021 when Reggie complained he had a backache whilst sitting on the sofa playing, when I questioned him on the pain, he shrugged it off saying it just comes and goes so I originally put it down to the position he was sitting in whilst on he’s iPad. Over the next few weeks, he mentioned it again a couple of times but said the pain would come and go within minutes. At the beginning of November, again whilst sitting on the sofa, he grabbed his head and said mummy that pain is in my head now so I booked a doctor’s appointment just to see if we could get to the bottom of the pain (this was during COVID so we waited a week for the appointment). By the time the appointment came around, Reggie was looking quite pale and didn’t have much energy, he was always cold and in the morning of his appointment, I noticed his lips were blue. We arrived at our appointment and I explained all his symptoms to the GP, she asked him to take his top off and glanced him over. She said there was nothing skeletal wrong with him in fact he was healthy and if I was worried to call 111 as the surgery was busy. To be honest, I wasn’t too happy with that but she made me feel I’d overreacted taking him there. I got in the car and said to my husband that I had a bad feeling about all this and something wasn’t quite right.