The night sweats started
Theo was just a normal healthy three year-old boy when in May 2021 he developed an ear infection. After a visit to the GP, he was started on antibiotics and he perked up really quickly, but a week or so later he seemed poorly again. He would develop a fever but nothing would really come of it and within a matter of hours he would be right as rain again. The cycle of getting fevers continued over the next couple of weeks but then he began having night sweats. Theo has always been a sweaty child, especially at night but these sweats were different. They were drenching night sweats and on one particular night we had to change him, as well as all the bedding, three times as they were all completely soaked. The next day I went to see the GP. To look at Theo at this point you wouldn’t think much was wrong. He did have a few bruises and was a little pale but nothing to say he was seriously unwell but something told me he was. I told my GP about the night sweats and that although he looks well, I had a gut feeling something was wrong.
Thankfully my GP listened to my concerns and arranged for a blood test to be done. The blood test was arranged for three days later and during those three days, Theo started to show many more symptoms. Not only did the night sweats continue but he started to bruise very easily all over his body and also developed a few small petechiae spots (purple pin pricks under the skin that do not fade when pressed). He became tired easily and got a fever pretty much every day. Friday 9 July, just three weeks before turning four years old, we went for the blood test and within eight hours of having them done, a phone call from our GP changed our lives forever.