I stayed in the intensive therapy unit until the first week of January 1995; then was transferred to a general medical unit until 23 January. As I was weak and unable to walk, I was transferred to the Astley Ounolie Hospital for rehabilitation, where I remained until 23 February. My physical impairments and disabilities were: unable to walk, fatigue, left side deafness and modest difficulties with attention and memory. It was inferred that I would most likely never be able to practice again.
My discharge was sooner than expected because of the shortage of hospital beds and I had family with whom I could stay. I was still unable to walk unaided on discharge and required to have walking aids. In addition, bathing aids and handrails were fitted into my family's home. My fitness gradually improved; I was able to walk unaided by May but dizziness remained a major problem and affected my balance. I remained deaf in my left ear, compounded now by tinnitus. It was recommended that I have a few months convalescence with outpatient remedial therapy, incremental physical exercise program and monitoring.
I was able to return to Hong Kong in June and by August I had resumed practice, with no mental or memory difficulties. For the next year, I was fortunate to receive physical management to strengthen my body and legs.
I always believed that meningitis was mainly a disease of children and young people. However, as my history shows, it can strike at any age. I believe I owe my life to the family doctor because of his early recognition of the symptoms and signs of meningococcal disease and his decisive action.
I was not aware of the Meningitis Research Foundation until 1998, when I returned to stay in Edinburgh. I had read a short newspaper article about funding for the Foundation and I contacted them to offer my assistance, if required.