Almost no after effects


Posted by Dorothy B on 19 August 2012

I had bacterial meningitis when I was 27 and my first baby was just four months old. I was living in H.K. and spent 2 weeks in hospital. I did not got into a coma but was drifting in and out of consciousness for a few days. It took almost a year to recover and regain the weight I lost.
I am now 53 and have almost no side effects. I think my memory is not nearly as good as others and I find difficulty with sense of direction and finding the right words.
I have written this to give hope to some people and show that thankfully some people go on to lead a normal life. I went on to have another three children.
Good luck to everyone reading this and as I recently discovered when undergoing chemotherapy for bowel cancer remember everyone is different and reacts differently to their illness.


Posted on 09 October 2012

Comment by Victoria Phillips

I was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis about two years ago or more not sure of time passed at this stage. I have bad memory or mistake day, date and time and events or conversation, I become very emotional and sensitive. I don't like joking about the matter. I was told you were not suppose to make it when I woke up in the hospital about two weeks prior, I was in a coma state my family tells me and my doctor reminds me every 4-6 weeks for my check-up. Sometimes I can't get my words out or think of what to say or ask I get debilitating headaches and pain in my neck, body aches ,tremors and seizure type episodes. I talk at times and don't make sense and deal with family members who don't understand how hurtful they are when they say "I told you this already more than once, this is and every day occurance. I can't sit on the computer long it hurts and my brain starts to freeze up. I was a very active person but now I am limited, even more so because I also have fibromyalgia. I am truly blessed to be here today with all my aches and pains its just encouraging to know there are people who understand besides my doctors. I would like too encourage you continue fighting never give in find a small project or work-out group and enjoy the life you have right now stop waiting go.

Posted on 04 September 2012

Comment by Sophie

I caught Meningococcal Septicemia in 2005, just before my 18th birthday. I too was living in Hong Kong (I still am).. I was in ICU for 3 weeks and 3 weeks in the recover ward along with recovery time at home. All my organs failed and they didnt think I was going to survive. Luckily I avoided amputations of my foot, which was considered at one point. I had to relearn how to walk and doctors told me I may never walk or run again. I have been left with horrible scarring on my legs, but i have learnt to love my legs. It has taken almost 7 years, but I am now running and training for a marathon in october. my balance is awful, i cant wear high heels, jump very high as 1 leg is much weaker than the other as my ankle has slightly twisted, but that wont stop me. Im going to run my first marathon in 4 weeks and donate the sponsorship money to the meningitis research foundation. it may not be much but whatever I can do to help prevent someone else get this horrible disease in the future. I got very lucky, others did not - every little bit counts!

Posted on 20 August 2012

Comment by Lori P.

My little grandson was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis when he was seven months old, he was misdiagnosed on his first visit to ER. Luckily at the second hospital we took him to the doctor has been in the military and experienced this in other countries....she infused him with antibiotics and saved his life. Today he is a thriving four year old and you would never know he was so ill except for the scars he has on his little body.

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