It was a sunny Bank Holiday Monday in May 2008, my two children and myself had enjoyed a lovely family BBQ at my parents. My husband couldn't join us, he was serving with the army in Germany.
Georgia, aged two years, had a fantastic day running around and she showed no signs of being ill. We'd gone home and she'd gone to bed as normal.
About 10pm that night she woke vomiting. I thought nothing of it... maybe she'd eaten something a little under-cooked? About an hour later she vomited again and throughout the night vomited many times. I noticed she was breathing rapidly but still never thought anything of it. I didn't know the signs of meningitis... if I had I would have got medical help sooner.
At 5.15am I tried to wake Georgia but she was very difficult to wake, drifting in and out of (what I now know) consciousness - I thought she was just very tired after a disturbed night.