My father, 71 yrs old was diagnosed with TBM about 2 months back. He had problems walking but was still doing well. Since the end of last month, he started becoming drowsy and got to a point where he couldn't even swallow water. I got him admitted to the hospital at that point. The doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and severe hyponatremia (NA+ 111)
They administered antibiotics to take care of the pneumonia and in the process had to shift between a few medicines to control the pneumonia. While at the hospital, my dad had an incident of convulsion but 2 days after that, he was doing okay...was still able to talk to me. On the next day, he had another incident of convulsion and since then he has been in a state of extreme drowsiness. The doctors increased his medication and steroids and said that he is responding but in an extremely drowsy state.
He was taken into ventilation on 15th June because his blood CO2 level was increasing, but was weaned off on the 21st of June.
They did another CSF test which revealed a high level of protein, (171) but it is lower than the previous CSF test done last month where the level of protein was much higher (299). As per my understanding, this decrease in the protein level indicates that his TBM is getting cured. However last week the doctor told me that they suspect him to have a resistant TBM
Right now, my dad is in a semi-unconscious state. He has been assigned with a GCS score of 9. When someone calls out his name out loud, he opens his eyes but very feebly. I don't know what has gone wrong with him and neither can the doctors diagnose the problem. All they say is that his condition is critical and this drowsiness is because of the meningitis
I am now contemplating moving him to another hospital, which is a leading neurology hospital and all the doctors there are professors in Neurology. I am sincerely hoping that they can diagnose the underlying problem and treat him accordingly.
Anyone else faced the same problem or know anything about it? Me and my family are living in a constant state of worry and fear that anything might happen anytime. However, his BP, Pulse and Oxygen levels are okay
Thank you very much