On Thursday evening Dan came back from football having sat out the last 10 minutes with a headache, feeling dizzy. He was sick, then drove home, being sick again in the car on the way. Once home he had a quick shower and went to bed.
I was a little suspicious – his symptoms had come on very quickly, less than an hour, and included a sore throat, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, temperature and slightly blue lips. A voice inside my head raised the possibility of meningitis so I called NHS Direct to check his symptoms and was told to take him immediately to Accident & Emergency.
After a number of tests it turned out not to be meningitis, but was a viral infection that proceeded to render him very faint and unable to stand up. He spent the night in the Emergency Assessment Unit. Almost exactly twenty-four hours later, after a combination of good NHS care and many prayers, he was well again, his symptoms ebbing almost as quickly as they had come. Now he’s home.
The symptoms of meningitis can look like flu and, if not properly diagnosed, the bacterial form can lead to brain damage and, rarely, death. If you’re not sure, don’t wait and see – I’m glad we checked.