By the time I got to hospital I was unable to open my eyes, the pain from the light was unbearable, but I was still concerned that I was wasting the doctors' time. I couldn't see what was happening but I knew there were several people working on me and I began to realise that they were very concerned. The doctor told me that he suspected meningitis and performed a lumbar puncture. Soon after this he informed me the results confirmed his suspicions; at this point I said to him, "I'm 39 I don't want to die", he patted my hand but didn't say anything, he obviously couldn't give me any false promises. The next few days were very traumatic for everyone, but I responded well to the antibiotics they were using; I spent four days in intensive care and then a further nine days in hospital. The hospital was unable to confirm which type of meningitis I had (the doctors said from their experience it was most likely meningococcal).
The doctors would ask me everyday if I had any questions, but I never did, until I got home, then I had lots of questions, it was at this point I contacted Meningitis Research Foundation. I wanted to know about meningitis, why it happened to me, what it had done to my body and much more. The help and answers I received were an important factor in my recovery both mentally and physically. I recovered well - initially I was very tired and weak, and I also experienced some memory loss and painful joints. I returned to work four months after taking ill; the pain in my joints never did go away and I now have arthritis but I don't know if it is connected with the meningitis or not.