Our daughter, Melanie, was five and a half years old when she contracted septicaemia.
She developed a high temperature but when we administered the good old Calpol and later Nurofen it was not enough to reduce her temperature. By now Melanie was complaining of a pain in her hip. When she got the Nurofen she vomited and at this stage she was burning up.
As it was evening I contacted the after-service doctor who advised me to take her to the surgery in Letterkenny. We felt she was not able to sit in surgery so it was suggested to us to take her straight to A&E at Letterkenny Hospital. This was the best decision we could have made. On arrival at the hospital she was seen quite quickly and a sample of blood was sent to the lab. Meningitis was ruled out as Melanie had none of the normal signs of the disease. She had a small rash on her chest and when pressed it disappeared immediately. While waiting for the blood results she was sent for an X-ray which showed she had inflammation on the hip.