Dave

meningococcal meningitis survivor | California

My story starts with a chest cold. It had been going on for about a week, with congestion and slightly labored breathing. I had attended a morning breakfast meeting on Sunday, July 30,2013 for our High School reunion. Had a uneventful meeting and a selfie with an old friend of mine. The rest of the day was fine. Went to work on Monday, feeling just okay. Had a sandwich from a local Subway, was fine after that. Later on that Monday, started to have a case of nausea, and had heard there was a food born virus going around. The nausea went away when I got home in the early evening. About 1:30AM, i woke up with a bad headache, stiff neck, a temp of 102 degrees, full body sweats, and a massive headache. I was also vomiting and had a loose stool. took some Aspirin for the fever and went back to bed. Got up around 3AM and still had the same symptoms, but feeling worse. Took a cold shower for my sweats and went back to bed. Got back up and 6:30AM and called my boss to see if she could give me a ride to the ER. I got up to the ER, saw a Nurse, who had asked me about my symptoms. She took me right in to the ER, past Triage and into a room right away.
Once i gave my attending the same symptoms I gave the nurse, they started with a blood draw, came back and told me they found bacteria in my blood they did’t like. That instituted a spinal tap, and a trip to the CAT machine. I was then diagnosed in less than an hour, I was informed of my diagnosis, and that I was being admitted with Meningococcal Meningitis, stuck with IV’s full of steroids and heavy antibiotics. the last thing I remember in the OR was the nurse giving me a shot of dilaudid for my headache. I woke up 30 hours later in the Critical Care Unit, isolated from anyone not wearing protective clothing. I spent 8 days in CCU, and three weeks of home care. I completely was cured of the disease with no lasting effects. Early detection is crucial to surviving this. I even had my primary doc come in two weeks while I was visiting for a checkup, come in and say, “hey look! A survivor!


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