Meningitis in your words

Parker oconnor's story

  • Location: UK
  • Categories: Viral
  • Age: Young child 3-5
  • Relationship: Child
  • Outcome: Recovery with after effects
Parker oconnor

My son had Viral Meningitis at 14 weeks old. 

Parker was born with pneumonia at 42 weeks a whooping 9"11. 

After Meningitis I noticed massive changes in my baby, the quiet baby who slept through the night and hardly cried. was angry or in pain settling him became a full time job. 

Nearly 6 years later he is waiting to be assessed for ADHD, displays Autistic traits, sensory processing disorder, social and emotional disregulation. PICA, sleep issues concentration issues. 
 

Parkers Meningitis was Viral, which thank god research is now showing the effects of this on children.  The stigma behind neurological disorders and "lazy mother" is uncomprehendable. If it wasn't for having a older child who doesn't have neurological issues a health visitor told me it would be seen as my bad parenting! 

I am now a first year Learning Disability Nurse which I will specialise in Neurological Disorders. I want to raise awareness about the side effects and give parents the opportunity to be believed and give the people effected by this a voice

Life changing. I hope the awareness to Viral meningitis and long term effects are more recognised.

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