Almost exactly a year ago my daughter was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis. She was five months old and had never been ill before.
I remember waking in the middle of the night and touching her fingers and they were burning hot. She had been fine all day – a little off her solids but was breast feeding fine. I stripped her down and took her temp which was 40. I called NHS 24 and as I was on the phone she started vomiting. I got a taxi to the emergency doctors and they told me she was fine but wanted her to go to hospital as she was so young.
She was full of life at the hospital giving all the doctors smiles and stealing all their equipment. We were kept in all day and night as her temp didn't seem to be settling. Me and her dad stayed with her and she was still happy and feeding. That night, after my partner left, she seemed to be getting really ill. The doctors assured me she just had a bad virus but by the morning I wasn't happy.