The second day I was still very poorly. A tube was inserted into my nose and down into my stomach which the nurses could drain whenever I felt the need to be sick. This was extremely painful and quite uncomfortable. I never lost consciousness, but was drifting in and out most days as the meningitis began to affect the lining of my brain.
I was kept under observation 24 hours a day. I had an ultrasound to check vital organs which showed that my lungs were very cloudy. I had a scan to check my lungs more closely. The doctors concluded I also had pneumonia (this was the second time I'd had it!). I felt weak all over, if anyone slightly touched the bed, I would cry out with the pain.
I was kept on ICU for 6 nights, before being moved to the High Dependency Unit. I was still very ill, however each day got a little bit easier. After 2 days, I was transferred to a normal ward (too soon considering how poorly I'd been!). The physio's came to see me and gave me bed exercises to do to help me in the process of walking again. I had to use a frame for a bit, and take small steps. The more I did it, the more I walked a bit further. I had my bloods taken a lot of times to check whether my blood was returning to normal. When they were happy with them, I was allowed home.
I had about 6 weeks off school ( I probably needed more), but I had my A-levels coming up. I was still feeling weak, but managed to go to school.
I suffered from a lack of concentration in the first few months of recovery, which I noticed in my first few weeks at University. I had some physical scarring on my arms and legs, but they are almost gone now. I also tend to talk in my sleep which I did not do before I was ill, reflecting the severity of my brain being affected.