On the 19th August Erica went from a fun loving child that was full of life to a wee girl that just wanted to go to bed in about 5 minutes. Anyone with kids will be familiar with that though especially as the kids had just started school a few days beforehand. I checked in on her half an hour later and she was drenched with sweat and after a quick check with a thermometer we found out she had a 40C fever.
Anyone familiar with Erica’s health issues will understand why we’re always a bit more cautious with her than the other kids. If it had been any of the others we would have dosed them up with Calpol and waited to see if it had any effect before calling NHS 24.
Vonnie wrote about it over here.
Around 7pm Erica announced that she was tired and asked to go to bed beside me. I was lying on my bed skyping with my friend and Erica jumped in.
By 7.30pm, she had developed a 40C temperature and was rapidly getting worse. She was jittery and twitchy – a sign for us that a seizure isn’t far off in the wind.
By 7.45pm we were speaking on the phone directly to a nurse at the NHS24 telephone service who arranged for us to be seen by the emergency GP.
At the hospital.
By 8pm we were at our local hospital seeing a GP who diagnosed tonsillitis and loaded us up with antibiotics, paracetamol suspension and ibuprofen suspension before sending us home.
By 9pm – on a Sunday – I had my prescription dispensed with advice from a pharmacy two miles from my home.
Vonnie followed this up with a post saying the same thing of NHS 24′s Facebook page and it ended up with 50,000 ‘likes’, over a thousand comments and the local TV station sending a camera round. All we ever hear are complaints when things go wrong or that the service wasn’t up to expectation but we very rarely hear the positive stories and I think this one hit home to a lot of people. It did worry me slightly though when people questioned why my daughter was being given antibiotics for tonsilitis though. Most cases are viral but in this case it was bacterial and that’s how you fight those kind of infections usually.
Personally I’ve had great service (if you exclude my MRI debacle which seems to be administrators fighting over funding) whilst being rushed to hospital to get my appendix out or my mystery heart problems. Erica has been in and out more times than I care to remember and with four kids plenty of time has been spent on maternity wards and apart from a few personality clashes with people we’ve nothing but praise for the service.
Just to update the story a little. After the 5 day course was finished she went back to school only for her to spike a temperature that nights again. It seemed the initial course of antibiotics only gave the bacteria a good kicking rather than finishing it off so she was prescribed a further 10 day course by our local GP. That is a few days since we finished that up now and fingers crossed everything seems to be back to normal.