Later that night I was much worse and decided to phone NHS 24 who told me to go straight to A&E.
Throughout the night all I remember happening is nurses coming up, taking my temperature, sticking needles in me – which I now have a great fear of! I couldn't understand what the doctor was talking about, was I just tired or was he because he was on night shift?!
In the morning my new doctor came to see me. She was so nice and for once someone sat down beside me and explained what was going to happen and what was going on. I had to get a lumbar puncture, which she explained as being needles stuck into my back to drain the fluid that surrounds my spine and brain.
After the procedure my doctor came over and explained what they were treating me for. I had already been told suspected meningitis but now it was confirmed. The spinal fluid from my lumbar puncture showed a raised white cell count and high protein count. This basically meant that there was an infection present and I had to begin getting treatment straight away or I could get worse.
I hadn't really told anyone I was in hospital, which now I see as being a mistake, as I wished there was someone there with me. I eventually told people and before I knew they were all visiting me.
I still didn't know if I had bacterial or viral meningitis as I was being treated for both. I remember sitting one night after about two days of being in hospital and it all kicked in what was going on. I began to get frightened that I wasn't going to be ok. Thankfully five days later I was released and thought I was back to normal.
I am just one month on and I have a lot of minor after effects which are really affecting college. I am in my final year of studying and need my grades for university. Having missed so much it is causing a lot of pressure but, with the help of my teachers, I am getting there. I am very emotional and occasionally still get headaches and a sore back. But it is all just part of the recovery process.
I am finding that it's all just sinking in what has happened to me now one month on and realising how lucky I am.