I was brought into the hospital and straight away they treated me for meningitis as it would do no harm if it wasn’t meningitis. The doctors said I could have meningitis, a bleed on the brain or a tumour.
I was put under sedation and moved to ICU for three days. I had an MRI scan done and it came up clear, and they also gave me a lumbar puncture and from that they knew it was meningitis. I was on a ventilator to help me breathe and I also had a tube that was giving me food and a tube in my neck that was giving me medication.
I was woken up after three days of sedation and the feeding tube and the ventilator were removed. I was moved to the high dependency unit. I slept most of the time when I was there but when I was awake I had double vision. I had to have a catheter bag inserted because I was too weak to get out of the bed. I was receiving drip after drip to get the medication into my body. After three days I was moved to a ward because I was responding well to the medicine.
Once I was moved to a ward I started to feel better and better every day, but I still had the double vision. The doctors were worried about my eyes – they thought it was due to swelling on the brain, so I got another MRI scan which showed up clear and I also got another lumbar puncture. Your cells should only be 10 when you get a lumbar puncture but the first lumbar puncture I got my cells were 12,000 but the second one my cells went down to 16 which meant the medicine worked. I went to see an eye doctor in the hospital who said my eyes will go back to normal in time but I had to get glasses and cover one lens with tape and I could see perfectly then.
On the 24th of March – exactly two weeks after I was admitted – I was released from hospital. After being home a week the double vision is getting better now: during the day it has gone, but at night my eyes are tired and it comes back, but it’s still early days. I also get the odd headache but otherwise I have recovered completely.
I had heard of meningitis before but never thought I would get it and I never really understood how serious it was. If my mam hadn’t of got me to the hospital when she did the doctors said I would have died within a half hour.