Many readers and Ds community members understandably wanted to know more about symptoms to watch out for in leukemia after my last post on this vile scourge.
Mama Lisa stepped in with some tips:
Signs and symptoms for leukemia…
Small purple or red freckles on the torso, arms, or diaper area (also known as Petechiae–can Google for pictures)
Tiredness, napping or sleeping more than usual
Night sweats/waking up drenched
Sores that don’t heal
Bloody nose (typically that lasts for a long time)
*Refusing to walk/pain while walking (bone and joint pain)
Swollen lymph glands (in head or neck area)
*Skin pale or grayish color
The two starred items are what we experienced. You don’t need to see all of the symptoms. Leukemia does not always present in the same way. My daughter also had walking pneumonia prior to DX. Many of these symptoms can also be symptoms of other, less serious, health situations. When in doubt, consult your pediatrician which means you will usually want to get blood work done.
The two most common types of leukemia are ALL and AML. They are treated very differently. AML is about 6 months and ALL is 2-3 years with boys being closer to the 3 years because the leukemia tends to hide in the testicles.
Looking around, I found the Boston Children’s Hospital had a good breakdown of the types of the leukemia and symptoms.
HERE is the link.
Do you have more information? Can you share it in the comments, please?
Meriah Nichols is a counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf, and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.