When I put on the light to give him another dose of panadol I noticed his fontanelle was swollen. I called the paediatrician immediately and he asked me to take him straight to the hospital. The nursing staff took a lumbar puncture and asked me to please leave him there as it was going to be a long wait.
The doctor called me the next day and said that it is meningitis, that they were trying to find the strain, but that he was sure it was just viral.
I came back to the hospital in the morning to find Seth hooked up to tubes and wires and my heart broke in a million pieces. The doctor gave him some antibiotics, but they couldn’t find the strain and so thought that it was good enough.
A week later he was discharged but he was crying all the time, and getting seizures. They did another lumbar puncture and sent the specimen to another lab that discovered it was ecoli meningitis.They only had samples of antibiotics to give him intravenously; as it was so rare for babies his age to get this strain it had to be flown from an hour away.