Hi I'm new on here my name is Dawn I'm 55, I was diagnosed with pneumocooal meningitis and stroke on 16 May this year,i am now totally deaf I in right ear and partially deaf in left ear. I was in hospital for 4 weeks, it has totally changed my life at the moment my left side has been affected due to stroke. I am in a lot of pain at the moment due to sciatica down my legs and bottom of back, also really bad pain and stiffness in neck.i do get very down some days because I can't do what I'm used to doing, I am a very outgoing person who loves mixing with people but due to deafness and pain I'm really struggling to mix . I am hoping things will get better as time goes on and I try to keep myself thinking positive.My consultant says that it will take time and that I may never have a complete recovery.I am just beginning a lot of hospital appointments, including a hearing test which has been arranged for me by my GP, the one arranged by the hospital is for August 27,three months waiting for a hearing test is not acceptable , my consultant was not pleased when I saw him on Thursday .The deafness , I think is a factor in my lack of balance and giddiness and hopefully after the hearing test a decent hearing aid will help. Even having a hearing aid will improve my well being. I will fight to get better, I know that other people have suffered worse symptoms but don't give up.