I have only just become aware of this forum and it has been heartbreaking to read the personal experiences of sufferers and families. My daughter was diagnosed with bacterial meningococcal septicaemia after repetitive visits to the doctor at 10 weeks old back in 1984, the only symptoms being an "unusual" cry on being picked up, a high temperature and generally being off colour (no rash at all, or vomiting). On the final visit one ankle had swelled a little, and a locum doctor was astute enough to send us straight to hospital where she underwent a lumbar puncture and was on antibiotics in the HDU. During her 3 week stay, her other knee swelled, and she had an operation on this to remove fluid (infected presumably). Thankfully after a very traumatic time she recovered with no noticeable side effects as far as we know (the only follow up she received was a hearing test whilst young). She is now in her early 30's but for the last 6 months or so has complained of pain in this particular knee and I am beginning to think this is directly related to her illness all those years ago, as I recall the possibility of arthritis developing, being mentioned at the time. Wonder if anyone else has experienced this, and has any advice please?