Hello, I am new here and wanted to share my daughter's story.
My daughter had Men B last November. She is 23 and thought it was just a sickness bug or flu at first. It started with her shoulders aching, then she was sick several times. Her temperature rose and she was achy all over. When her temperature was not dropping (even with paracetamol and ibuprofen), her boyfriend phoned me as he was concerned. I told them to phone Dr's, who after a phone consultation, did see her. He initially thought it was a virus, but her boyfriend had noticed a rash on her chin so pointed it out. The GP then gave her an antibiotic injection and called an ambulance.
Her boyfriend called us and we rushed to the Dr's to wait with her. Strangely, her temperature had gone back down and she was actually feeling slightly better. The GP said it was just a precaution, but when I saw the rash I was really worried.
The ambulance took over an hour to get to her, but we were relieved to get to the hospital where they started to treat her. She was very dehydrated and her kidneys were struggling. They gave her intravenous antibiotics, fluids and other things and a catheter. She went down hill really quickly.
She spent 6 days in Intensive care and 5 more on the respiratory ward. She was very poorly, but so lucky to pull through.
She is now 11 weeks in to her recovery. She is still very weak, has more weakness down her left side so finds it hard to walk any distance. She did have partial vision loss in both eyes, but now only in her left eye. She gets painful neck and spine and headaches. Her balance is bad and she gets dizzy, and she is sensitive to bright light now.
Hopefully she will make a full recovery, but I think it will take a long time. She's got a follow up appointment with the consultant in February, so hopefully he can answer some of our questions.