I contracted bacterial meningitis when I was 3 months pregnant. My partner had been very unwell with flu-like symptoms a few days prior but soon got better. That evening I was having a takeaway with my partner, and felt perfectly healthy. I went to bed and woke at 5am unable to move my body except my arms, the pain was horrendous. I had to use my arm to wake my partner, unable to turn. I had such a high fever.
When my partner turned the light on I had extreme sensitivity to light. He called paramedics straight away. I was being violently sick. Paramedics took me to hospital. In that short time I am told I couldn't speak properly. I had a lumber puncture performed which confirmed bacterial meningitis. I was given antibiotics in hospital and morphine as the pain was so bad. I was in hospital for 2 weeks in the higher dependency unit.