My 5 year old daughter was in hospital for a week back on 7th April with VM.
Since coming home she is having numerous problems such as Headaches, pains in her legs, tiredness, nightmares and really bad mood swings.
Before the VM she was such a well behaved grown up little girl but since about day 3 in hospital she is having up to 2 violent mood swings a day where she kicks, hits and spits. The episodes last around 10 mins and they vary on the severity. Sometimes we are able to calm her down, some it's a lot harder. Once she snaps out of it she's back to her old self again, happy, bubbly and polite. Her voice and personality can switch to being like a totally differnt person when she has these mood swings and at times its quite scary.
She hasn't fully returned to school yet as I just don't feel she's ready for it and I'm also worried about her being upset (which can happen very easily) and her getting worked up and the teachers not really knowing how to deal with the situation.
Has anyone else got experience of this?
We are waiting to hear back from her consultant who can hopefully arrange some sort of therapy for her as our GP thinks she may be suffering with PTSD.
In the meantime I'd be grateful to hear your experiences of VM in young children and how it's affecting them especially with school. Also how have you discussed what to expect from your child after meningitis to the school? I feel at the moment they are trying to control how we want to deal with the situation. I know she needs some routine back to help her get over the struggles that she's having but on the other hand I know my child best and how she is actually coping with it.