In September 2006 we went through something that most parents dread, having a child seriously ill in hospital with meningitis.
It all started exactly two weeks after Kieran, then aged 15 months, had his MMR vaccine. When he had the vaccine we were told he could get a bit feverish over the following 14 days or so, so when Kieran got a temperature on the Wednesday while we were having a day out with friends I put it down to a combination of the MMR, being a hot day, and not having had his normal daytime nap. I gave him Calpol but even then he didn’t really sleep and had a restless night.
The following day, Thursday, Kieran still had a temperature and was very sleepy – I spoke to the nurse at our GP surgery and she basically said to continue to give him Calpol and Nurofen (alternating), keep and eye on him and let them know if he got any worse.
On the Friday morning Kieran seemed much brighter, but after lunch he suddenly got very hot again, sat on my lap and hardly moved for an hour or more. I called the nurse again but she was busy. An hour later (and before the nurse had been able to call me back) I noticed Kieran looked very vacant, had a raging temperature higher than it had been before, and his lips were a bit of a funny colour. I laid him on the floor and tried to get a response out of him before phoning my husband who was at work and deciding to take Kieran to hospital.