Not so long ago my little boy contracted meningococcal septicaemia and at first I had no idea it really was a race against time to get it treated. I am telling my story as a way to let parents know that the rash does not always appear as it does on the posters, and how fast this disease can take hold.
My son had all the classic symptoms of swine flu – cold, cough, temperature and very sleepy. I had phoned the emergency doctors that morning and was told it could be at least four hours before the doctor could get to us.
As dinner time approached there was no change in him, his temperature was still high and he was still sleepy. The emergency doctors phoned me at tea time and told me they would be an hour before they got to us.