I was a 21 year old student at Nottingham University in 1998. I awoke in my ground floor room in the early hours of a February morning freezing cold and I had intense pain in my right arm. I put the heating on and went back to bed. However, I began to vomit regularly. To this day I can’t explain how cold I felt.
I was in a student house at the time and my housemates began waking to go to lectures. They checked on me throughout the morning and one of my friends moved me to her bedroom because I couldn’t open windows in my room. I continued to vomit and became very weak. Out of concern due to my presentation they contacted the medical centre on campus for advice and they were encouraged to bring me to the surgery.
They called a taxi and I remember his jaw dropping when I was led out of house. Apparently I looked green!! I also remember asking him if he would be OK if I brought a plastic bag to be sick into and he was absolutely fine. I continued to vomit as he drove me to the campus.
By the time I reached the surgery the rash had appeared. From here the staff acted quickly and I was subsequently rushed by ambulance to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham. I had two lumber punctures as the first one failed and I was given IV antibiotics. It was confirmed that I had meningococcal septicaemia C strain.