But being an inexperienced mum then you don't know that your baby is not supposed to cry "like this". But mums out there reading this: "if your baby has a high pitched cry for a while take him/her to see the doctor immediately!"
Miko was very ill and we took her again to the A&E much earlier than our appointment. The nurse came to see us. And this is also the second when a switch was flicked and our lives were to change forever. The nurse, Ben, listened to her heart and immediately took her to a room, her heart rate was over 200. He called for the doctor, gave her oxygen and hooked her up on monitors. The doctor wanted a more experienced doctor, more doctors arrived and slight panic started to spread. They got lines in and started to give her medication. People were working fast. In the midst of all of this we tried to look calm for Miko so she wouldn't be scared. Miko was sleeping, Ben stayed with us for hours in resus holding her oxygen mask over her face while we waited for a bed.
We got a bed in isolation in HDU. Miko would not wake up. Doctors came in and pinched her nails but she would not react. They looked at her eyes with torches. They asked questions about if she recognised us when she woke up, but she hadn't been awake. The drip made her body blow up, but she kept sleeping. I slept on two chairs next to her and my husband went home. It was desperate days and nights and Miko's heart was racing while asleep. When I lay next to her, her heartrate went down a bit.
After three days she woke up and started to look better. We were moved out of HDU into a cubicle. And finally we got the result back from her blood test; meningococcal B. With a diagnosis the doctors could focus on the right treatment, but Miko was already feeling better. My husband and I were given some tablets to take meningococcal B away from our bodies and things started to look up. The doctors send us home after a clear lumbar puncture on the Friday and we just had to come to the ward every day so Miko could finish her course of antibiotics. We had been admitted on a Saturday and already home by Friday, we felt very lucky.
But Miko didn't really get better from there. Her temperature went up and down, she was really uncomfortable. We saw the doctors every day on the ward for injections, and every day we also went to A&E because we were not 100% with her. We were there Saturday morning and again Sunday morning and we were sent home.