We phoned for the ambulance which came very quickly and she was taken off to hospital. As we lived roughly an hour away from hospital, the journey was frightening, cradling this listless little girl in my arms praying we would make it in time.
Within 5 minutes of getting there they did a lumbar puncture and it was confirmed that she had E coli meningitis and septicaemia. Our world fell apart, she was so poorly, she stopped breathing twice but the doctors worked their magic, and we were helpless standing watching.
Millieanne was treated in hospital for 3 weeks with intravenous antibiotics. After 3 weeks of turmoil no damage seemed to have been done and she was allowed home.
We were home less than half an hour and she became very unsettled again, screaming when touched, the light hurt her eyes and she wouldn’t take her feed. I paced the floor trying to settle her, I quickly phoned the ward and explained something was just not right and the symptoms were the same, I was frantic, so off we went again in an ambulance.
Further tests were done and again it was confirmed it was back, she had meningitis and septicaemia aged 8 weeks.
She took a turn for the worse and was transferred to SCBU through the night. We had a 6am phone call to get to the hospital as soon as possible and we really didn’t think she was going to make it. The hospital explained they would have to transfer her to another hospital PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) and it was just awful seeing her lying there with all the machines beeping and flashing.