Meningitis in your words

Emma Cutts's story

  • Location: England
  • Categories: Bacterial meningitis
  • Age: Teenager
  • Relationship: Self
  • Outcome: Recovery with after effects
  • After effects: Other
Emma Cutts

Hi my name’s Emma. Two weeks after my 18th birthday I became very ill but I just thought it was a normal cold.  It was the weekend and my boyfriend came to stay. My body felt all stiff going hot and cold like how you feel when you have a cold.

I went to bed that night and my boyfriend stayed up all night watching me go hot and cold, getting me water and keeping me warm.

"I was feeling worse and could not stop being sick"

I got up the next morning still feeling stiff but at this point I was feeling worse and could not stop being sick every two seconds.

I was getting dressed when I saw the rash all over me. I called my mum to come upstairs to have a look and straight away she did the glass over the rash but it didn’t go.

We when straight away to Harlow Hospital and when we got there I couldn’t get out of the car so my boyfriend called for help. I was put into a room but I don’t remember a lot after that, only that I just could not look at the light – it was killing me and I felt like my head was banging.

A day had gone past and my mum was by my side telling me what was happening. I didn’t take it in at first, I just wanted to sleep. By day five I was having visitors but they had to wear masks. It was quite shocking at first but I got used to it.

Overall I was in hospital for 10 days and how happy I was when I got out. I felt great, had no after effects and went back to work the next week.

MARCH 2011