Meningitis in your words

Paul Wadeson's story

  • Location: England
  • Age: Adult 25-59
  • Relationship: Self
  • Outcome: Recovery with after effects
  • After effects: Sight problems
Paul Wadeson

My story starts with a headache, a really bad one, something that I don't normally experience. I thought that it was carbon monoxide poisoning as we have a really old boiler! So in the early hours of the morning I took myself down to the car to sleep outside, yet the headache didn't go away.

So I drove to the hospital, they discharged me at 7am in the morning, the headache was still there but they were happy to let me go.

"My fiancee came home to check on me and found me unconscious in bed"

Fortunately I rang my fiancee who was at her parents about to go on her hen do. She decided to come home to check on me and found me unconscious in bed. I was rushed first to Stevenage, where they diagnosed meningitis and then moved pretty swiftly to Addenbrookes, where I was induced into a coma.

I stayed this way for three days and was in hospital for two weeks. I had pneumococcal meningitis and to this day haven't found out how I got it, but I was lucky. I was extremely fit and healthy when meningitis struck and my body was able to shut down and fight the illness. It also turns out I have rather large gaps between my meninges and this helped to contain the swelling. It did mean I had a stroke, however this has only led to some small affects to my left eye.

The initial impact was greatest on my family as I fortunately have no recollection of the events. I managed to get married five weeks after coming out of hospital. I am now working to get my fitness back and will complete the Cumbrian run in October 2011 just six months after going into hospital. I hope to do more events in the future, always raising money for Meningitis Research Foundation.

Paul Wadeson
September 2011