I was admitted to The Mater Hospital in Dublin for surgery to my cervical spine on August 4th 2009. I was confident of my team in the spinal unit and expected to be in hospital a week to ten days. After surgery, I had a swelling on my neck but I wasn't too concerned at that point.
It was on a Sunday morning, my partner had just been in to visit and he brought me the newspapers. I just felt a slight headache come on and got into bed. The nursing staff watched me closely as headaches are often a sign of leaking spinal fluid. I started vomiting and became quite sleepy and uninterested in my surroundings.
It was then I was given a lumbar puncture. I remember time just slipping away from me from that point and the hospital’s infectious disease team being around when I was told I had bacterial meningitis. With all the drugs and the disease, I just couldn't really take in what was happening.