Myself and Barry's daughter, Teegan Davidson Clink, was born on 23rd of December 2010 three days early. Teegan was such a happy baby full of smiles and energy.
When Teegan was 6 weeks old she lost all colour from top to toe. She was white as a sheet and had bruises on her upper thigh and legs and two red blood-like spots on her face. Myself and Barry took Teegan to the doctor's they told me that we were being too rough when changing her or it was caused by her bouncy seat straps being to tight.
A couple of days later Teegan began to stop drinking her milk so again we took her back to the health visitor's/doctor's and were told it was the milk you need to change it so we changed the milk. Again it kept happening. Then Teegan started projectile vomiting. In a panic we took her back to the doctor's and got told "She has thrush on her tounge." After telling the doctor she was sick in the car they still said it was thrush and it was because I wasn't sterilising her bottles properly so was sent away with antibiotics to treat the thrush.
I felt angry upset and annoyed. Teegan was screaming, her stools were dark like chocolate and watery like diarrhea. So we telephoned NHS24 when we got there they told me theres nothing to worry about that it was a sickness and diarrhea bug and that I was a paranoid young first time mum.
A few days passed and Teegan was due to get weighed at the health visitor's. I told them everything that had been going on and they told me she was perfectly fine. So we went home but in my mind I was looking for the slightest little thing I knew something wasn't right. The next day Teegan's tummy started to swell. So instead of going to the doctor we went to NHS24 out-of-hours. Me and my mum waited in the waiting area and a young male doctor called Teegan's name, we went into the room and I told the doctor everything. He looked at Teegan, listened to her heart and said "It's a bug" and we got sent away. We didn't get sent to the childrens ward at any point.
When we got home Teegan took some milk but straight away threw it back up. I was so worried and tired, I couldn't sleep because of Teegan up all night being sick and unwell. Another couple of days passed and Teegan wasn't getting any better. That night she was screaming that much she stopped breathing, her pale white face had colour: it went purple. Barry was blowing on her face while I was on the phone to the NHS after 25 minutes of being on the phone Barry was furious as in that 25 minutes she stopped breathing two times. They told me to go down. When we arrived we went into another room where again another young doctor spoke to us he told us it was mucus, just to keep her upright and put her in her car seat to sleep.
After sleepless nights Barry's mum telephoned the doctor's asking to see a baby doctor. That day we took Teegan to the health visitor's to get weighed where we were told she was doing great, a really healthy baby. 10 minutes later it was the appointment with the baby doctor. The doctor looked at Teegan, saw the bruising, looked inside her ears (they were pure white) he felt her tummy and told us that we should be at St John's hospital. So Barry's mum and dad took me to St John's, we got to the children's ward and spoke to a specialist. After 1 hour of taking blood the specialist came and told us it was acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
They moved us to a side room where I phoned Barry who was at work and told him to come to St John's straight away I also phoned my mum and dad. When they got to the hospital we told them what it was. We couldn't believe that my 10 week old baby had cancer. The doctor told us that if they checked Teegan properly, the other doctors would have known her spleen and liver were enlarged. He explained that before they could move us to sick kids Edinburgh they had to bring Teegan's platlets up. They gave her frusamides by intravenous drip and stopped half way through to check her, as it could cause heart failure.
I got blood taken to see if I was a match, which I was, in case blood transfusions were needed. We then got blue lighted by ambulance to sick kids Edinburgh; myself, Barry, Teegan and a doctor. When we arrived we got up to ICU ward where x-rays were done. They showed that the leukemia had spread to Teegan's lungs, kidneys and liver. Teegan got put on a breathing machine and a drip to keep her hydrated and we got shown to a family room to stay overnight. We could go see Teegan at any time. Myself and Barry were devastated and sat by Teegan's side for hours.
On the 2nd of March 2011 we got moved to accommodation outside the hospital for parents with children with cancer. Teegan was put on a small dose of steroids which she responded well to. They explained to us that they would start chemo and bone marrow in the next couple of days. Teegan was moved from ICU to a ward downstairs where they monitored her as progress was good. Our family came to take us for lunch when we came back the family got to see Teegan but couldn't hold her due to germs and infection as she didn't have enough normal white cells to fight infection. The family left and me and Barry went back to see Teegan. She was crying she sounded like a crow. We asked what waa wrong and were told Teegan was having trouble breathing and got rushed up to ICU. Other parents got asked to leave the ward while they tryed to resuscitate Teegan. We had to wait in the waiting room as we couldn't be in with her as there were about 6 doctors/nurses trying to save Teegan.
The doctor came and told us Teegan had passed away on the 3rd of March 2011. The last person she seen was a doctor and not her mum or dad. We telephoned our families who just arrived home to come back not knowing that their granddaughter had passed away. Me and Barry got moved into a family room where they brought Teegan to us. She looked so peaceful, we could not believe we were holding our 10 week old baby. Our family arrived and a nurse told them what had happened, we could hear them crying it was horrible. Teegan got moved to the family mortuary where family could say goodbye. We stayed another night as I didn't want to leave her there so my mum and dad arranged for Bill Grieves the undertaker to pick Teegan up and bring her home to West Calder undertakers. On the 6th of March 2011, Teegan was brought back to Breich to her gran and grandad's house for freinds and family to say goodbye. That afternoon Teegan got put to rest at West Calder Cemetery.