Sunday night I was round a friend's house mulling the sudden death of my dad and I came over with a bit of a headache.
Went home, drank wine still mulling said death and headache got worse. Thinking it was a) the stress of everything going on and be the wine banged down a paracetamol and went to bed.
Woke up in the night coughing, head pounding. More painkillers and a glass of water and back to sleep.
Monday was a day for getting stuff ready to fly over to Paris and was in Morrisons sorting out supplies and by this stage my headache was pretty ferocious. It didn't feel like any headache I had ever had and looked at my arms and noticed a faint rash down both arms.
Went home and did the glass test and the rash didn't disappear. I didn't want to overreact so Mrs Danny called the GP for advice and he told me to go straight and see him. He was by no means convinced it was meningitis but didn't like what he saw either so gave me a shot of antibiotics just in case (as per standard protocol in these cases) and sent me straight to A&E (would have blue lighted me if Mrs D hadn't been with me to drive) with a letter and I was straight in to see a doctor.
Ended up in the infectious diseases ward at the Hallamshire in Sheffield for three days - they still weren't convinced it was meningitis but they pumped me full of antibiotics just in case and in the end the tests have come back and it is.
It may be the viral version in which case there isn't much they can do but if it is the bacterial version then the doctor's actions and me getting in to see him so quickly may have saved me from being very poorly indeed or even dead.
So guys if you are at all unsure get it checked out and let a medic decide. If you are still not sure get a second opinion.
As a PS the NHS has performed faultlessly on this occasion - my GP was brilliant (usually is to be fair), A&E didn't mess around and I have received the best possible care at the Hallamshire.
I am now home with some outpatient appointments for the final doses of antibiotics and with luck I will be still able to make my dad's funeral on Monday.
Head still bloody hurts though...