I had no idea I’d been exposed. I had no idea being a splenic could put me at risk.
I knew about pneumonia risk but not this. Students got it. It was pandemic in the Sub Sahara. Epidemic in Central Mexico. A serious issue in Ireland. But Northern California?
I had no symptoms at all. But I don’t believe I’d be writing this if after a fall from my ISH Jack from which I developed crippling migraines that could not be cured.
Busy morning starting at 5. At 11:30 dressed to go ride as I did every day. Suddenly a migraine. Texted the barn to walk Jack. Told au pair what was going on. Took 100 mg Imitrex and did what I did with migraines, went to lay down. At some point THIS WAS NO MIGRAINE. The pain was indescribable. I actually thought I was having a stroke.
The au pair called 911. I saw a clock as I’m being taken to the ambulance. It wasn’t even 2 pm yet.
I was unconscious just as we entered ER. In and out of consciousness but lost track of time. I still remember the dreams; horrible dreams.
When I woke my doctor told me what had happened. I also developed bacterial pneumonia and septicemia.
Out of ICU and in a room I slept most of first day. I hallucinated once.
By the second day I tried walking. Hard but possible. I knew I had to start walking. I’d been in ICU on a vent for 2 weeks.
I suffered no lasting side effects. Certainly nothing I’ve any right to complain about when I see how devastating this infection is to others. As an equestrian my hands seem a bit stiff but I’m now 67. I tire sometimes but I’ve a demanding life.