Irish doctor with too many thoughts, too little time and a blog that's supposed to check in on reality.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

If You’ve A Few Extra Euros this Week…

Please pass them on to the Meningitis Research Foundation.

I have spent the last few days in ICU with the baby sister who developed meningococcal septicaemia despite being vaccinated against meningitis C. 4 days later she’s off the ventilator, lost the central line and now has the strength to brush her own teeth – and is coming to terms with how lucky she is to be alive.

She’s 17 and if my mother hadn’t recognised the symptoms of meningitis and convinced the locum GP who saw her to give penicillin, she’d probably be dead today.

I don’t even want to think about what would have happened if Monday wasn’t a bank holiday and she would’ve been back up in college.

So – please support the Meningitis Research Foundation.