The following morning he was quite bright, eating well and watching television. He went to bed around 8pm and was feeling ok but still pale and his limbs were sore. I had been giving him Calpol and Nurofen to keep his temperature down and to generally make him feel better and this seemed to be helping.
During the night I still felt very worried about him so brought him into our bed. Christopher was tossing and turning and moaning a lot while sleeping. At 2am I just felt something wasn't quite right. I put the light on and checked him over. He was moaning and now the rash was completely different - a red/purple rash that was non blanching.
I phoned NHS 24 and advised that he had seen a doctor on the Friday afternoon, however I felt his condition had deteriorated and the rash had changed. I was asked to carry out some checks: to see if he had adverse reaction to bright lights - but he did not. Neck movement up and down to his chest, again he was able to do this. I was asked, in my opinion, if he required to see a doctor. I said yes and was told that, as it would be on his mother's insistence, I could take him to Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow. I would have preferred to take him straight to Yorkhill Childrens' Hospital which is the same distance from our house but was advised not to.
We waited at Stobhill for about 15 minutes to see a doctor. This doctor mentioned meningitis but felt Christopher seemed too well clinically. He gave him penicillin as a precaution and phoned Yorkhill Hospital. We were asked to drive him there. At this point I didn't feel any urgency from the hospital that an ambulance was required.
At Yorkhill, meningitis was mentioned but not as a serious risk. The same procedures were carried out but as the doctor walked away she happened to ask him to look left and right. Christopher found this very difficult and was crying that his neck was really sore. Alarm bells started ringing in my head. He was immediately moved to an individual room and then two or three more doctors arrived. At this point my wee boy looked very ill. The next 24 hours were a blur. I have never been so terrified in my life and just wished I could swap places. Infectious Diseases got in contact so they could advise Christopher's school and also immediate family were given antibiotics.