Meningitis in your words

Abhilaasha Garg's story

  • Categories: Bacterial meningitis
  • Age: Child 6-12
  • Outcome: Recovery with after effects
  • After effects: Scarring - skin damage
Abhilaasha Garg
I was 9 when I was diagnosed with Meningitis. I remember I was having a very high fever from last 2-3 days and my parents thought it was a regular flu. I started vomiting so much my dad had to take me to the hospital. I remember vomiting in car, in the clinic and feeling very disoriented. My doctor asked my dad to immediately hospitalize me. I remember enroute to hospital I was thinking I was gonna die.

My head hurt so much I thought it would blast. I would never forget that first night in the hospital. I was writhing and clenching in the agonizing head ache, I couldn't sleep that whole night. I remember my mum sleeping on the sofa in the room and I wanted to scream so much at her for not easing my pain but I couldn't do anything.

I was there in the hospital for 6 days and everyday was a new torture. They would give me 11-12 injections every day and it would burn so much. On the 3rd day I was informed they had to do get some fluid from my spine, I was terrified. My mom and dad were not allowed in the room and there were about 4-5 docs who were holding me and I was lying on my stomach. I was screaming my lungs out as I thought they would operate on me conscious. But surprisingly I did not feel any pain on my back.

After 6 painful days in hospital I was given a green light to go home. Meningitis left some scars - skin damage on my body specially on my upper thigh. But it doesn't pain and I am glad I survived. The after days were a little blurred but I recovered.

Abilaasha Garg
September 2020
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