Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Meningitis Day 7 - This time last week my partner had a headache....

He really did, and it was a nasty one. And I was annoyed because he kept me awake...(shame on me).

Today however, one massively immense week later, we got our full Lumbar Puncture results and it was really good news. He had Viral Meningitis (the Bacteria just got in afterwards) caused by the Varicella-Zoster virus, which also causes Chicken Pox and Shingles. It just managed to get into his brain, that's all...

This is the best result we possibly could have. It was exactly what his Doctor suspected from his initial results, and that was the basis for letting him come home. He's never been able to 'give' anyone else Meningitis, so we're all safe and sound. He's already been taking exactly the right medication for the last 3 days and we should be through the worst of it and into recovery. The Doctor said he's no need to return to Hospital, he's now under the care of his GP.  He did take his bag to the hospital again hoping he wouldn't need it, It worked. Always pack a full hospital bag if you want to come home, it's obviously the charm. 


We went home so incredibly elated, he even suggested we stop at Tesco on the way home to get milk and paracetamol - and he came into the shop with me. I added the ingredients to make Eton Mess for the children as a celebratory dessert, and he added a £5 super soaker water pistol that was on offer.

Typically he actually woke this morning feeling really ill, he had taken a backwards step. He was hot, red and feeling nauseous with a particularly bad head. Again I was pleased I already had a Hospital appointment at 2pm, but he did perk up a lot through the day anyway, and after noon started to cool down back towards his normal.

We arrived home from hospital just as the teenagers were coming in from school and he blasted them all with his super soaker. 5 minutes was his limit and he came in really happy, it was so lovely. He was knackered though and went to lie down. I organised tea, he ate and he's been asleep ever since. Bless him....20 minutes in Tesco and 5 minutes in the garden and he's shattered, but I think it was worth it....

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  1. I'm so pleased that you got good news today. Lots of rest and relaxation required for him now xx

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    1. Thanks hon. He's fast asleep again as I type. There really isn't much choice about the rest and relaxation - once he's had enough all he can do is sleep :)x

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear that mr brick castle is ill, I feel terrible for not catching up sooner but I have hardly read any blogs over the last few weeks. I really hope he's doing alright I can't begin to imagine how worried you have all been. Big hugs from the pirates xxx

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    1. Thank you, that's so lovely. He is doing all right. It's a long process and we're just at the start, so every accomplishment seems tinged with a minor setback, but overall it's swimming along nicely :) x

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  3. so happy to read your good news today. Make him rest up and get better without overdoing it x

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    1. Oh thank you hon.. :)
      He's resting, he's being good :) x

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  4. SO glad he's okay! How awful for you all... Sending much love and sympathy.

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    1. Thank you, it's very much appreciated. He is a bazillion times better now, we just have to let time work his recovery :)

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