Almost 3 weeks ago now, Sophie mentioned she had a sore ankle even thought she had done nothing to it to make it sore. The next day it hurt a bit more. The following day it became so painful that walking and weight bearing on it was very painful. I took her to the doctor. Yet as she hadn't fallen on it, hurt it, he was a bit unsure what to do with her. He sent us to the Emergency Department at the hospital to get an XRay. We waited for 2 hours before we were finally seen to and in this time of waiting Sophie became feverish with a 39.7 degree temperature. A urine test was done and elevated blood cells and blood was detected.... The Doctors said she probably had a bladder infection and the ankle may have been sore from her completing the school lapathon ( a fundraising running event!) Sophie was also given Panadol and Nurofen so once that kicked in, her ankle felt much better. We were sent home. The next 3 days Sophie spent on the couch with regular doses of nurofen until finally her fever broke. Though her ankle hurt worse than ever, the pain would wake her in the night once the pain killer had worn off. We went back to the Doctor on Saturday, 4 days after her ankle first hurt. Her fever had gone and once again the Doctor was not sure what the matter was. Her ankle was not swollen or red, so diagnosis was hard. Sent home again and instructed to keep up with the painkillers. By Sunday evening the pain in the ankle seemed to be worse so Monday morning we were back at the Doctors surgery..... This time the Doctor we saw wanted to send us back to the Emergency Department to rule out " septic arthritis". It was Monday morning at 10am. Did you know that the Emergency Department at Joondalup hospital is the busiest department in the Southern Hemisphere????? Well, neither did I but we were about to find out!! Also, in general people are sicker and have way more emergency's on a Monday! So.... 3 hours later we were finally seen by a lovely doctor. Again, he was scratching his head on what he thought was the matter. Sophie was sent for an X ray and this just showed a bit of fluid around the ankle. Then she had blood tests... These indicated an infection somewhere in her body.... Probably in her ankle, hopefully only in the surrounding tissue and not in the bone!!😱 9 hours later and after an Orthopedic Specialist had seen Sophie, the decision was made to admit her into hospital and place her on IV antibiotic drip and to treat her for a bone infection. The doctors would not know more until she had an MRI.
Back to ourselves!!!Allowed out for lunch on a crisp cool and sunny Winter's day.