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Had a major scare with Josh last night and we rushed him to emergency with suspected meningitis. We did the glass pressure test and it indicated it wasn't meningitis but you cannot be too certain. When his knees started to swell and his feet turned blue we did the parental panic bit. We arrived and he was seen literally within 10 seconds by triage. They did the meningitis tests and he was all clear, but he was covered in ugly red bloches, his feet, knees and fingers were swollen, his skin was searing hot and he was screaming. They think he may have trodden on a jellyfish sting on the beach on Friday or possibly a spider bite. He was given a very thorough examination by the doctors, given a dose of something and this morning he is much better although still very blotchy. But he said his knees didn't hurt anymore.
 

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Had a major scare with Josh last night and we rushed him to emergency with suspected meningitis. We did the glass pressure test and it indicated it wasn't meningitis but you cannot be too certain. When his knees started to swell and his feet turned blue we did the parental panic bit. We arrived and he was seen literally within 10 seconds by triage. They did the meningitis tests and he was all clear, but he was covered in ugly red bloches, his feet, knees and fingers were swollen, his skin was searing hot and he was screaming. They think he may have trodden on a jellyfish sting on the beach on Friday or possibly a spider bite. He was given a very thorough examination by the doctors, given a dose of something and this morning he is much better although still very blotchy. But he said his knees didn't hurt anymore.
So sorry to hear that Thrax.
I have done the meningitis scare run, only to have it confirmed and my daughter being rushed off to hospital in an ambulance. Very frightening. Very, very.
But...
she was recently 18, has passed bachillerato and is studying for the university entrance exams. She is a lovely, well adjusted young adult, full of life and dreams :):):)
Hope you feel you got good attention in the emergency room. I always have thank goodness.
Keep an eye on the little one, and chalk it up to experience I suppose is the best thing to do :)
 

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Had a major scare with Josh last night and we rushed him to emergency with suspected meningitis. We did the glass pressure test and it indicated it wasn't meningitis but you cannot be too certain. When his knees started to swell and his feet turned blue we did the parental panic bit. We arrived and he was seen literally within 10 seconds by triage. They did the meningitis tests and he was all clear, but he was covered in ugly red bloches, his feet, knees and fingers were swollen, his skin was searing hot and he was screaming. They think he may have trodden on a jellyfish sting on the beach on Friday or possibly a spider bite. He was given a very thorough examination by the doctors, given a dose of something and this morning he is much better although still very blotchy. But he said his knees didn't hurt anymore.
That's awful and I'm so glad to hear he is ok now.
Meningitis is such a scary illness which most parents fear, so its good to learn your son has the all clear on that.

Have you been asked to follow this up at your local doctors to see what the sting was, or do they think that the (injection?) he was given has sorted things out and is enough?
(I only ask as he might have an allergy to particular stings, although avoiding jellyfish and spiders is a good start!)
 

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He is off to the docs tomorrow. We noticed a red mark on his knee just after the beach on Friday but it looked pretty harmless. We suspect it must have been something on the beach. The doctor told us that there had been an unusually high number of jellyfish on the beaches round here since February often leaving stinging tendrils behind on the beach which can remain dangerous for several days. He is much better now although not yet 100%.
 

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Incidentally, I was absolutely amazed by the service we got at the hospital. We arrived in a slight panic and the reception took one look at him and immediately sent us to infant triage. We sat down and were called within seconds, I think a total of no more than 10 to 15 seconds from when we arrived. He was given a quick examination for meningitis, then another doctor arrived and performed a few more tests. We were then left in a private room to await a specialist who arrived 10 minutes later. A thorough examination and a dose of what we now know is a steroid to combat inflamation caused by allergic reactions, a prescription for more medication and then home. We left for the hospital at about 8:30, a drive of around 30 minutes, and back home by 10:15. Absolutely brilliant.
 

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Glad to hear the wee one is recovering well.

Last week, my daughter who has not yet managed to register with a doctor, suffered a very severe ear infection - blood and pus running from her ear. She went to work on Monday morning, as she knew they would help sort her out. By 10.00am she texted me to say she been to a Doc and was now armed with antibiotics, decongestant and some horse strength painkillers.

I could not believe how quickly she'd been treated when not even registered - especially on a Monday morning with all the weekend ailments.
 
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