Meningitis

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We were in Liv’s room studying together for our exams. We were all a bit stressed but Liv was feeling particularly ill that day. She seemed to be getting flu.

Liv was hot and sweaty one minute and cold and shivering the next. She also had a bad headache. She had taken as much cold and flu medicine as the packet said to but nothing seemed to help

Her headache got worse, and then she started to complain that her neck had become really stiff and sore.

I was worried about her as this didn’t seem like ordinary flu. We closed some of the blinds as she said the light was too bright for her eyes.

It was then that I remembered hearing that a stiff neck and being sensitive to light could be signs of someone having meningitis. I checked on my first aid app and realised she actually had lots of the signs of meningitis. It said it was really serious.

I asked Mae what she thought we should do. I just wasn’t sure, meningitis seemed so serious. What if we were wrong and wasting people’s time? She said we should call, it wasn’t worth the risk.

So I did and told the person on the phone everything I could and they sent an ambulance to us straight away.

Liv had a long stay in hospital but if Mae and I hadn’t helped, her illness could have been much worse. I’m just relieved I remembered what to look out for and had the support to call 999 and take action.

Mae supported Sarah when she realised Liv was very unwell. What would you do if someone was ill, but your friends didn’t think it was serious enough to call for help?

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What is the most important thing to do if you think someone has meningitis?

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A friend is unwell and you are convinced they have meningitis, but they don’t have all the symptoms. What should you do?

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