After Christmas, we enjoyed a great vacation in Disney World celebrating New Years and returning home on January 3rd. About a week or two after returning, Eleanor developed a slight cold. She recovered from it, but during this time I noticed that she had numerous bruises on her legs, back, and arms. At first I thought they could be a result of active play during P.E., combined with some occasional clumsiness, or maybe wrestling with Daddy. We watched this for about a week or so, not really thinking much of it, considering she had not displayed any other concerning symptoms. During this time both my mom and sister also noticed and questioned the bruises.
On Wednesday, January 21st, Eleanor dressed up like a little old lady to celebrate the 100th day of school. During the day she experienced a nosebleed during recess. When I came to pick her up, I was in shock at her appearance. She was extremely pale with dark circles under her eyes, dried blood at her nose from the nosebleed, and little tiny red dots under her eyes and on her neck. I remember joking with one of the secretaries that she looked like we had beat her! Later that day when Chris was home I pointed out her questionable appearance. He became as concerned as I and I remember in that moment looking at him and us both saying that we were afraid of what this could be, both of us thinking it could possibly be symptoms of leukemia, but neither of us speaking it.