I had meningitis in March 2016. I was 17 years old and in my first year of 6th form at an independent boarding school in Kent.
I don't exactly know why I am writing this but I was just curious if there was a blog or something where I could read about other people's experiences. Tomorrow I have a 3 hour mock exam which I don't seem to care about as I have done no revision and I am not even tempted to cram. I just don't care but I am aware that I don't and I find it weird. It is not normal for someone where I am at school to not care about exams at all, it is immensely frowned upon. I guess it is bad of me to blame this on my illness, I have kind of let it get the better of me. Sometimes I forget that I even had it which is good but also horrible as I forget what can and can't do as I am still naive enough to think I am who I was before; physically and mentally.
My story of the illness is as follows:
I had little to no knowledge of the disease before contracting it, I am pretty sure I thought it was a gum disease, like one of the ones where you spit blood after brushing your teeth, like in those adverts.
Leading up to the illness my memory is fuzzy and horribly patchy, I remember dribs and drabs and then I have moments where people tell me things I did and I think I remember them but actually it is just me picturing it how they describe it.
As a result of this I have lost about 3 weeks of memory before I went into hospital. The things I do faintly remember are not a nice picture of myself as I was short tempered and very tired, along with a complete disregard for school and/or work.