I will start with saying this, I should be dead. That isn't meant to scare you its just a fact one more hour I wouldn't be here to write any of this and also it's a dam good reason to have a tattoo - that tattoo saved my life @keiren I owe you.
We should have seen it coming but had no idea what to look for. After many years of not even a cold a cold came and turned in to the flu for a few we weeks then a chest infection then a lung one. We were beyond thinking at this point it could get any worse and I felt loads better then I saw a leaking washing machine and guess what ”I didn't”. I started getting hallucinations right there but to me I saw it I believed it and I swear to this day the washing machine did that. It didn't, this was the start.
The next week over Xmas I felt good but none of us knew I was getting worse, then new year I vanished for no one to hear from me until I was found by reason of a massive social media and police search campaign and some one seeing me falling over in a ditch which saved my life.
19 days in intensive care I came around under the uncertainty of whether I would be able to walk again, remember my family or even me? I lost over a year of memories and was so lucky everything else was just about there. I lost my business I lost a lot, but everything except what is important to me is still there and I am damn lucky for that.
The fact is I was fucking lucky, I have had months of doctors, consultants, ots, physios and more, and I am alive and I couldn't ask for more. I am basically still me and thank God for everyone who has been there for me - my mum is so God dam amazing and paula has taken so much I will never be able to reciprocate the care she has given me.
,Meningitis is for life, it can come anytime to anyone and is so underestimated, I was 36 healthy and strong and it almost killed me, it should of killed me.
All I ask is learn about it as it comes from nowhere one day it might be a cold the next minute you might be fighting for your life. I was Lucky, I beat it thanks to the people around me the next person might not be so lucky. All it would have taken would have been one hour more not being found and I would be dead, dead.
Just always keep it in the back of your mind whenever you see someone that might need help, just step up as it could be you who needs it next.