It was late on the 17th December 2008 that Terri first complained of feeling like she “was coming down with the flu” but at that particular time “flu” was rife and a lot of family members and friends had had it. And so began the routine of taking paracetamol and hot drinks as recommended. Initial symptoms were aching limbs and temperature. She went to bed and very early next morning she had been up vomiting and had said that “the top of her head was very sore” describing it as feeling “like a pulse”. After taking more paracetamol she returned to bed and slept a while, woke up still feeling nauseous, vomited again and it was then that I rang the pharmacy. I was told to give Terri some ibuprofen and with regard to the nausea I could call and they would give me some anti-sickness tablets.
After taking more meds and having a very light lunch, Terri chatted a while, watched TV and then said she’d go and lie down. About half an hour later I went down to check on her and at this stage she said she thought she was feeling a little better and didn’t think her headache was as bad. At no time did she seem confused or disorientated. About forty minutes later when her dad went to her room Terri was unconscious.