The nurses immediately stopped her treatment, unplugged her from the machine and within minutes a doctor and Eleanor’s specialist nurse were by her bedside checking her over. Her line was flushed and she was given hydrocortisone and antihistamine through her port which quickly started to bring down the visible swelling.
Seeing it all happen in front of my eyes was so unimaginably scary, it was like everything was happening in slow motion. When I ran to get the nurses I felt guilty for leaving her alone knowing that she couldn’t see her surroundings and was probably in a complete panic herself, but in high stress situations like that your parental instincts kick in and decisions are made without you even realising you have thought about it!
During all of this I was frantically trying to reach Tim on his mobile but the phone reception at the Marsden is unbelievably terrible so the Mum of the little boy Eleanor had been playing with earlier ran off to get him for me – I am so grateful to her for doing that for me!