It seems such a long time since I’ve blogged or posted a comment on the forum, but since I’m sitting with my feet up (and I shouldn’t be) I thought I might spend a couple of minutes and put up a blog and briefly let people know how things are.
As I race towards yet another birthday it has caused me to reflect a little on the last couple of years since viral meningitis. Many things have changed, some of things I am happy with some I am not.
Like everyone else on this forum I have fought with and suffered the after effects of the illness I know I need not highlight what they are as we all know them far too well and have gone through them to some varying degree. As one who left hospital with zero information on viral meningitis you are totally unprepared.
For me I suppose like everyone else it has been a struggle to live basically with the new you. This new character you have become is an unknown person and takes a little time for you and everyone else to get used to.
The things I am happy with are that I‘ve been able to return to work full time, which was a great relief and what I really appreciate is that my family and close friends have stood by me and helped me through a lot of the problems. They have been so loyal and supportive through the real difficult times they have been and still are priceless.
The things I don’t particularly like and may seem trivial to some is the lack of dexterity that I suffer from it is extremely frustrating at times. I still do suffer from headaches but nothing like before, but they are a constant reminder of the illness. Most of the time they are more of tightness around the head but can be constant. I do still suffer a little with mood swings and depression and can be terrible to deal with at times, but nothing in comparison with what I have suffered in the past.
All things said I am so much better than a year ago when basically I was just going through the motions of life and being thoroughly depressed. I didn’t think that recovery would take so long and I am not out of the woods yet, but I am learning to take some of my own advice and that is to be patient.