During the night George was still very unsettled and remained very pale. His cry became a pathetic whimper and he was still refusing his feeds. We were extremely concerned but also now felt we may be perceived as 'paranoid' parents. I sat up with George all through the night and at 9am put him in the car to go to my mum’s to pick up William. During the car ride there George was still whimpering and appeared to be flinching at brightness and any noise. When I got to my mum’s I carried George in and handed him to my mum and cried. “Mum he’s not well”, I said, “and the hospital won't listen but I'm his mum and I know he’s not well.”
Mum told me to ring the hospital back right away, when I was told by a nurse to give him Calpol and to ring back in an hour if no improvement. George was so distressed he wouldn't even open his mouth.
Not happy, mum told me to ring the hospital again and this time I spoke to a consultant, Dr Colin Green. He was immediately concerned given George’s history and told us to bring him straight in.
On arrival at hospital George was given a lumbar puncture – our worst fears were confirmed, George had meningitis again.....
We were in total disbelief... it was a shock this had happened once – how was it happening twice?
George was started on IV antibiotics and was hooked up to life support once again.
During the night George had two confirmed seizures and was unable to maintain his body temperature, dropping down to just 33 degrees.