I don't know if I will find the answers I am looking for on this forum, but I am hoping it could shed some insight and relieve some of our anxiety.
Almost one week ago my boyfriend and I found his flatmate unresponsive and thrashing uncontrollably on his bedroom floor. My boyfriend called an ambulance and I did what I could to assist my friend to avoid hitting himself on furniture by placing cushions around him and moving furniture . We both tried to move him into the recovery position, however he is a large man and his constant movement prevented anything.
Previous to this our friend had had a sinus infection which always causes him an ear infection, the doctors now believe an ear infection and two perforated ear drums is how the bacteria has entered his spinal fluid and travelled to his brain.
The ambulance took forty long minutes to arrive and attend to our friend, we felt hopeless and didn't realise the severity of what what happening. After another ambulance arrived we began to realise how serious this was. Following the ambulance to the ED we were told things were very serious and he had been placed in an induced coma. At this point I had to leave my boyfriend to call our friends parents as I had to attend my shift in the same hospital - I am a nurse.
I haven't been into ICU to see my friend, he is still unconscious and his temperature remains in the high 30's (was 41.7 ambo's arrived at home). Information given to us by the family says that they have detected a left sided deficit but unsure of the cause and they were awaiting a CT with contrast to try and determine this. He is also beginning to respond to verbal stimuli and has had a number of seizures.
I have been researching the internet to try and get a better understanding of what we are dealing with, is there anyone out there that has experienced this that could offer information and/or advice?