Recovery varies considerably from person to person
- Babies cannot tell you how they feel and parents can feel at a loss as to what the future may hold.
- Children can behave differently if they have been in hospital, they can become clingy, have temper tantrums and lose skills they have recently acquired.
- Adults are often shocked to discover they are very tired and lacking in energy
A person who has been in hospital may feel well at discharge and not realise that they may not be able to slot back into their normal life immediately. It is important to realise that recovery can be a slow process.
Even those who go on to make a full recovery often report that they became easily tired and found it difficult to concentrate for a period of time during recovery.
Returning to education and/or work too early, or too energetically, can be overwhelming. Phased returns can be helpful.
If available, follow up care with appropriate health professionals, specialist or support networks after meningitis is really important. Please ask about these at discharge or speak with your doctor.