As a child I had bacterial meningitis, so it was something I thought I was very aware of.
Jamie was born 5 pounds on March 18th 2013, he was a quiet baby and never caused trouble feeding.
One day at 5 weeks old, out of absolutely nowhere, he started crying for what appeared to be no reason at all, he didn't stop, and even as he slept he wept. He cried as I changed him for bed and then he wouldn't take his bottle, I got some of it in to him but within half an hour he had projectile vomited it up. I took his temperature and it was 39 degrees, he seemed really stiff like he didn't want to move his body but I didn't think too much of that at this point.
It was late at night and I wrapped him up and brought him to hospital, he cried the whole car journey, but it wasn't a cry I would describe as his usual cry, again I didn't think of that either, I just thought he had a bit of an infection.
We got seen in a + e straight away, bloods were taken and he was examined. A doctor came to us a while later and said Jamie had constipation, he gave him a suppository and Calpol and sent us home.
Jamie seemed a bit more settled that night and the next morning, but still cranky. I gave him more medicine for constipation and thought he would be ok in a few days.
The next evening my mam was minding him to give me a bit of a break when the hospital rang telling me to get him back in straight away, they didn't say why, but we were going to take him back up anyway because he was crying worse than ever now.
We rushed him in and he was taken, nurses ran off with him, I never knew what was happening, then the doctor said words I did recognise - lumbar puncture.