I am trying to recover from Bacterial meningitis, it's been 10 weeks now. On April 20th I stayed home from work because I just wasn't feeling right, I thought I was having a bad allergy day my head just seemed kind of stuffy so I took some benedryl and kind of napped the day away. When my husband came home I made burgers for us and went to bed early. I woke up a couple hours later needing to throw up, I thought it was food poisoning, but when I to again in 15 minutes (very forcefully I might add), I thought it was weird. I went to the guest bed so as not to wake my husband. I was throwing up all night, I don't remember any pain at this point. My husband checked on me before he went to work and brought me water and 7-up that I requested (I don't remember this), he thought it was food poisoning too. When he got home he found me completely unresponsive. He took me to the ER 50 miles away (the closest). I too was fortunate to have a ER Dr. that checked all possibilities, including the lumbar puncture. Right away when he saw the fluid he said its bacterial meningitis (all this was told to me by my husband, as I was in a coma at this time). Apparently I was having seizures and had to be restrained. After the diagnosis they started treatment and Air lifted me to a bigger hospital in a larger city. I was in a coma for 2 1/2 days, and another 9 days in the hospital (I probably should have stayed longer but I whined and complained until they let me go), and 7 days at my fathers trying to get well enough to travel the 180 miles home (even after that week it was still hell riding home for 3 hours in a car. The pain I had when I came out of the coma was so intense! They would ask me how my head felt it was fine (I never got the headaches), but, EVERY joint and muscle hurt like I was in labor, yes, I think meningitis pain is equal to labor pain it just lasts longer. I was frustrated by the lack of info I got, and when I asked how long until I felt better I was told every case is different. 10 weeks later my hearing is really messed up, it's like my brain can't figure out the signals my ears are sending it. I can't even process music at all (boohoo) its just a lot of mixed up noise. I can't work because my hearing is so weird, my vision changes all the time, I feel like I'm always having a head rush, and my balance isn't very good. I'm very grateful for the Trust and the people who have shared their stories.