I had bacterial meningitis in 2010. It all happened so fast. I remember having a stiff neck for a couple of days beforehand, but didn't think much of it as I have a spinal disorder.
The night of, I had gotten my son, who was a year and one month old then, bathed and ready for bed. We were both in bed, asleep, by 7pm due to me having to be up at 4:30am to get ready for work. At 7:30pm, I woke up with a horrible migraine that seemed to be exploding inside my head and neck. I was vomiting. I am the type to not seek medical treatment unless absolutely necessary (I have a Surgical Technology degree and can pretty much diagnose myself). However, when I could not care for my son, I knew that things were serious.
I loaded my son into his carseat in the back of my car and we started for the hospital, which was a 20 minute drive. I had called ahead to let them know we were coming. While enroute, a car passed us on the road and I couldn't stand the pain from the lights. I pulled over and called the ER back and told them that I could not make it on my own.
They sent an ambulance. The flashing lights made me vomit and I couldn't walk on my own. I remember telling the paramedic to make sure my son had his seat. I was placed on the gurney and we took off....the sirens and bumps making me vomit again. I looked behind me for my son and he was sitting in his seat next to the paramedic just as content as can be. He smiled and waved at me and I smiled back.