Eventually it was decided to ring an ambulance. Next thing I knew I was sat in the lounge with the paramedics asking me questions, but not getting any answers! They even had the cheek to ask if I was always like this?! They wanted me to walk to the ambulance but when I walked into the door frame they got me in a wheelchair. It gets a bit hazy after this, in fact there is only one thing I remember before waking up in intensive care and that was a group of people were pinning me down and trying to " kill" me. In fact this is my recollection of various doctors and nurses having to pin me down to get a line into me. Unfortunately one of my symptoms was to become violent and abusive.
When I woke up in intensive care I was surprised and worried to see one of the people who I thought had been trying to kill me the previous evening! Also one of the doctors from the night before came in to see me even though it was their day off, just to tell me how lucky I had been.
In all I was only in hospital a couple of weeks and was actually back at work after 4 weeks. Having read the many stories of people who have suffered at the hands of meningitis and septicaemia, I realise how lucky I am to come out of it completely unscathed and recover so quickly.
Obviously one of the challenges with meningitis is that not everybody experiences all of the classic symptoms. Septicaemia may make it easier with a rash but as in my case there is no guarantee that this will be picked up.
The one common theme though if you read through this or other stories is the frightening speed the condition can worsen, and as I say many, many people aren't as lucky as me.