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Monday, 27 April 2009

A bright side to meningitis. I now have had a headache by which to measure all other headaches.

Which is how I did NOT end up at the ER last night.

I’ve had a horrible headache since Friday night. Tried to kick it all weekend. I was up in the middle of the night, but it did not come close to touching the blinding, searing pain caused by the meningitis. What did finally occur to me, at about 4:30am, that the pain might be caused by a sinus or ear infection.

Both. As it turns out, the pain was caused by both a sinus infection AND an ear infection.

Once again, I am grateful to God for giving wisdom and courage and curiosity to the scientists who discovered antibiotics.

Rather, I’ll be grateful in another 24 hours or so when my head no longer feels as though it might self-combust.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. knittnkitten permalink
    Tuesday, 28 April 2009 7:05 am

    Free better Sweetie!

  2. Tuesday, 28 April 2009 10:03 am

    Refuah Shleimah.

  3. Wednesday, 29 April 2009 1:37 pm

    Last summer, for the first time in my life, I had an ear infection.

    I was totally unprepared for the pain!

    It did not get better until they lanced my ear drum!
    (I posted several posts about the experience! It was really traumatic.)

  4. Wednesday, 29 April 2009 8:42 pm

    ugh – please feel better soon. i must admit, i was happy to see your post til i read it!!! i miss you….

  5. Vladimir permalink
    Thursday, 15 October 2009 11:02 pm

    Recovery from the meningococcal meningitis and sepsis using 24 days therapeutic water fasting and Complimentary Medicine
    Dr. Vladimir Etkin, MD, RUSSIA, Voronezh city, , Skype address vld707,

    I would like to share my story of success about my 24 day water fast while suffering from meningococcal meningitis plus meningococcemia (sepsis). In the winter of 1980 when I studied in Residency at Kursk Medical College on the general therapy of internal diseases, I gradually developed bad headaches which plagued me throughout the whole month, and I was also struck by a chronic cold. Almost two days went by before doctors were able to confirm my own diagnosis. (At first they thought I had gone mad!) Drifting in and out of consciousness I was in no state to discuss my condition with them even though I tried.

    On one fine day-after five days of unconsciousness- I awoke with a sensation of unimaginable ease in my body. At the time it had not yet been established that the meningitis had caused edema on the brain. The day before my birthday my joints had swollen and became crimson: both talocrural and wrist, and joints on two fingers on the left hand were also affected. In the morning my body temperature was 37.5 C, and by the evening it had gone up to 39 C. For most of the night I felt drowsy and slept for only two to three hours due to the septic temperature (a septic polyarthritis).

    The spinal lumbar punctures (they were seven in all during my illness) added to my misery as for almost 2 weeks I was not able to bend my waist as a nerve had been touched. Any attempt to bend led to piercing pains in my right leg. The lumbar punctures were a necessary evil as the doctors could only establish from an extraction of spinal fluid the true nature of the infection. Once this sample was analyzed the doctor informed me that he now knew how to proceed with the correct treatment.

    My diagnosis sounded like a verdict: The residual phenomena meningococcal infections (meningitis and a sepsis) with the raised craniocereberal pressure, extrapyramidal disturbances (defeat subcrustal ganglia substances of a brain due to encephalitis) and fatigue syndrome.

    Translated into ordinary language, it would mean: Constant headaches day and night which made me climb up the wall, 4 hours of hallucinations late at night, and awaking early with shaky legs, dizziness, weakness in the right hand and a leg. These symptoms increased with the change of weather, and I also experienced a constant tremor of head and painful spasms in leg muscles, decrease in memory and concentration, fatigue and emotional imbalance in the form of vulnerability, despondency’s, depression, etc.

    My speech was in no way impaired, and although I could read, the word meaning (semantics) was at times absent. It was necessary to re-read a text several times over in order to grasp the meaning. To write using a pen was a problem as the hand would simply not obey. The usual pen reminded me of a piece of a stiff piece of wood which was difficult to hold. This made the task of writing a difficult process. I knew when it was about to rain, because my right hand weakened, and the right leg stumbled a
    A doctor from the outpatient clinic where I was receiving treatment presented me with the first edition of “Fasting for the sake of health” by Professor Nikolaev.
    In that hot summer of 1980, during the 24 day therapeutic water fast I lost at total of 16 kg, but the co-ordination of body movements was restored, the liver functions improved and consequently my complexion returned, and most importantly was the belief in my ability to make a full recovery!

  6. Stacy permalink
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 5:26 am

    Hi – Just got out of the hospital yesterday after my learning I had meningitis on Thursday. My CAT scan showed a sinus and ear infection that turned into the mother of all headaches. I’m feeling better and am following a home infusion plan. The biggest complaint I have now is the 20 lbs of weight I’ve gained in 5 days from all the meds and steroids. Did you experience that as well? How long did it take to feel normal? Lose the weight? Any long lasting issues?

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