My daughter contracted meningococcal septicaemia in April 1995, aged 15. She had flu symptoms for two days and I thought she was just being a 'teenager' and whinging about nothing. When she said that she felt like she was dying, alarm bells rang in my head. I went through all the publicised symptoms of meningitis and she had none - no headache, no stiff neck, no aversion to light, no sickness, but her whole body ached and she could hardly move. When I saw the rash I KNEW.
I rang the doctor and initially they asked me to bring her to the surgery. After another call an emergency doctor came very quickly, affirmed my beliefs and administered large doses of antibiotic and I called for an ambulance. While arranging things for my other family, the doctor explained what she had done and what I could expect when she was in hospital. Pure fear and panic had set in now when I realised just how serious this REALLY was.