Several days ago my 9 year old was struck down with a mystery illness. It started out as a bad ear ache – the kind he often gets after swimming. The pain got more and more acute and then by Sunday the vomiting started. Eirene took him to see a doc who suspected it was an infection on his saliva gland. A course of anti biotic was prescribed. His sickness got worse, his pain more intense and from 3am Monday morning, he couldn’t keep anything down and he was in constant agony. The pain had spread from just ear ache to the whole side of his head and back of his neck. By 10am Eirene was really worried and took him into hospital. They quickly put a cannula in so they could give him a dose of anti biotic and replace his fluids. The took urine and blood samples which were tested in the lab and eventually sent him for an MRI scan.
Not entirely sure what it is, but the quick message I got from Eirene was “he’s got mastondental something or other, he will be recovering within 48 hours” Huge sigh of relief. Huge sense of worry dissipated. It did make me think how lucky we are to live in a place where within a very short distance from our house, we can access state-of-the-art medicine, medical care and technology. If we were living in the third world, even anti biotics would be extremely hard to come by, let along something like an MRI scanner. Thank you NHS for being there when we need you.