I contacted it while having back surgery. I felt I'll for a few days after the surgery, then on the 6th day following had intense headaches and went to hospital. I was there for 8 days, followed by 78 days attached to an IV, and a nurse coming to my house each day to change the dressing on my incision (continued to drain yellow fluid for 47 days) and change my antibiotics and clean near my pik-line. I have seemed to have lost a bit of hearing, definite memory loss and we'll as comalate and total exhaustion. I am told these are all likely attributed to the menegitis, and some symptoms can last one or two years of not more. Is this true? ?
Hi coachdon, so sorry to hear about all of your suffering. My husband kinda had your same problem. It is really a long story, so I will spare you. He got encephalitis 1st, then meningitis, septicemia, and coma on a respirator. At first when I heard it was bacterial I was relieved because it is easier to treat than viral. But, I was told, bacterial causes more damage to the body. They really didn't think he would live. He was 53 at the time. Thanks to God he did WALK out of the hospital. Some of his symptoms did eventually go away, like his severe foot drop, he used to trip all of the time. With therapy that did improve, but not totally gone. He suffers severe headaches, extreme short term memory loss. His exhaustion did improve, but he still has his days where he sleeps all day. He started having seizures, so on meds for that. So it is hard to tell what you will gain back, or what will stay. I am sure your exhaustion will improve over time, but like him I am sure you will have your days. The hearing loss, and memory loss may improve. But if not, it's just something you will have to find a way to deal with it. I know how depressing it has to be, and believe me, I have a pretty good idea how you must be feeling, and your loved ones that are helping you. My husband now kinda jokes about his memory loss. Someone may ask him, " oh by the way remind me... " and he will just look at the person and say " you do know who you are talking to, right?" So hang in there, and try to stay positive. My H started using one of those sit down pedal like bikes, and 5 lb weights, just to get moving a bit and get his strength back. Well, I wrote you an entire book, so I will stop now. If you have any more ?'s or comments, feel free to ask. My prayers are with you and your family!!! Hang in there, has to be some kind of light at the end of the tunnel!!! L
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