The pain has returned

I spent a sleepless night last night tossing and turning. But who was I to complain when it was David who was quietly suffering in pain. At 1am and 2am. Suffering considerable pain long into the night. So I dosed him up with painkillers and hoped that would help. He said it didn’t. So I doubled up the quantity. He finally went to sleep.

It looks like bad news and I shall be calling his consultant at Great Ormand Street Hospital this morning. After being given the all-clear last December following positive tests, it looks like we will be returning there again very soon.

They’ve always stated that David is not a text book case, and that the chronic infection in his jaw could take a very long time to clear. We were really hoping that it had finally been conquered after four and a half years, that surgery could be avoided – our biggest fear as it would leave him facially disfigured – and I have promised him we will not do this. He is too handsome.

He was going to do a practice A’level test paper this morning, but I’ll let him sleep on.


  1. Hi Liz, and thanks. David will be seeing his consultant at Great Ormond Street on 18 April, which is the next clinic. We are very lucky he can be seen so quickly. Fortunately, he feels much better today. But best we get it sorted before he heads off to uni.

  2. I hope the appointment comes through quickly and that, in the meantime, David is free from pain.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear this Ellee. It sounded as if it was finally gone. One would give anything to make one’s child well and not be in pain.

  4. So sorry to hear this, Ellee. Thinking about you and David here in Sicily xx

  5. Oh dear, I am really sorry to hear this.

  6. Anne, thank you, and everyone else too, for your kind thoughts, they are much appreciated.

  7. Sorry to hear about David, hope he feels better soon, Best wishes to you both.

  8. David is cheerful today and much better. He is now getting stuck into his A’level practice paper and I have cooked him his favourite lamb shanks. We are hoping to hear from the hospital about an appointment very soon.

  9. Very sorry to hear that David’s in pain.
    It’s so tough to have one’s child in pain – only thing you want is to bear the pain yourself rather than them having it.
    Best wishes and positive thoughts to you both.

  10. Philipa

    So sorry to hear David’s not well and I too hope for a positive outcome very soon x

  11. I’m so sorry Ellee – hope he feels better soon. Surgery sounds terrifying but it’s much less risky than it used to be. /Fingers crossed for you.

  12. I do hope the consultant can help him with out surgery. Positive thoughts to both of you.

  13. Hi Ellie,

    I spent a good deal of my childhood in hospitals and know how frightening it is for a child to have an operation and to be poked and prodded by doctors who talk at you not to you. It can be de-humanising, but things are very different in terms of “respect” for child patients than they were in my own childhood. Have faith, children and teenagers are resilient, and if anything this ill health as a child has made me into a very healthy adult in all respects and one who cherishes every day of good health and activity. David is more than able to cope with all let him decide and he will come through stronger and fitter. You are on the journey with him but not for him – he has to do it.

  14. I’m very sorry to hear that, Ellee. All best wishes for today.

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