This time the doctor shared my concerns: he said he suspected meningitis and we should take him to hospital right away, so an ambulance rushed us the 30 miles to Aberdeen Children's Hospital. However once there we had another 20 minute wait before seeing a doctor - it was one of the longest 20 minutes of my life. The doctor checked him over and again thought it was ear infection. She also said that only one of us could stay overnight with him, so Gordon was sent home.
Not long after he left, another doctor came round and said that they where going to do a lumbar puncture just to rule out meningitis; I wasn't allowed to be with him for the procedure so had to wait alone. The doctor came back and was very surprised to find that the fluid was cloudy. Daniel was then transferred to high dependency and in the morning they confirmed that it was meningitis.
Thankfully Daniel made a speedy recovery, but it didn't stop me blaming myself. Perhaps I should have been more aware of the symptoms of meningitis, then I would have noticed sooner, but then I remember that three doctors also missed the early symptoms.
He was in high dependency for just two days before being moved to a normal ward where he was well enough to start pulling out his drips, so they had to put it in his head, which looked a lot worse. Eight days later he was allowed home. Three years on and he is a very happy, health three-year-old with no long term effects.
After Daniel come out of hospital I was researching meningitis on the internet when I come across the Meningitis Research Foundation website and decided I wanted to give something back, as I have no doubt the work they do helped save my son's life. So in August 2006 I abseiled the Forth Rail Bridge in Edinburgh to raise money for the Foundation and enjoyed every minute of it. I hope to do more in the future to help support the Foundation.