They said so many times it’s good she’s maintaining her own airway as when it comes to being out on a ventilator it comes with its risks of pneumonia etc. So we were positive. Doctors still worried she hadn’t regained consciousness But took each day as it came and adjusted the antibiotics accordingly. She then developed a herpes style viral rash on her nose and around her mouth, it looked awful. Over the days it spread down her mouth and they had to constantly suction. She went downhill and seemed this secondary virus/infection had put strain on her and she needed to be ventilated. This came as a blow but necessary.
Day 10 came and we had a meeting with the consultant in charge. They had done another CT scan and seen “catastrophic” damage to mums brain. The meningitis had caused the blood vessels in her neck to constrict and therefore not allowing the blood to flow correctly around her brain. There was nothing they could do for her. The meningitis had got her.
It would seem that perhaps her body was busy fighting the herpes virus when it hadn’t stopped fighting the meningitis and it took over. It was the worst possible outcome. I had never prepared myself for this. My mum my world, my best friend.
On day 12 she passed away peacefully. Nobody knows whether she caught the virus/infection in India, on the plane or at home here and was just extremely unlucky. I never knew adults could be affected as you don’t hear about it so much in older people but I will definitely be raising awareness and hope this story helps.
Forever in our hearts mum.