My husband got his first case of VM in college, 25 years ago. Since then he has had 6 different episodes. The last was about 6 years ago and it has progressively gotten worse every time. The last episode he was diagnosed with BOTH meningitis and encephalitis. He was hospitalized for over a week and after he was sent home he was on anti-virals via a port in his arm for 6 weeks.
I don't want to hear anyone say that Viral meningitis is "nothing"! I've watched this man scream in pain. Beg for help. Everytime we have to go up the ER I have to nearly fight with the staff telling them this is NOT a simple migraine and he needs a lumbar puncture. Every time I come in with him I tell them right away "he has meningitis and needs to be seen asap!" They just roll their eyes at me and all me "is it confirmed?" I tell them no but this makes the 4th, 5th. 6th time whichever it may be, then they really roll their eyes telling me nobody gets viral meningitis that much and its only a bad migraine. It literally takes me forever to convince them to do the DAMN lumbar puncture. Then when it's clear they say. Oh it's fine, the fluid was clear. Yeah, sure Mr. Know it all. Talk to me when pathololgy is done. They think we're stupid and they know more than we do just because they have some degree.
My husband has suffered undo amounts of pain because they only wanna give him either 25mgs of Demaral or like 2mgs of morphine. I have to go through the whole thing again about how he never even takes Tylenol. So if he's saying he's hurting its serous! Give him the DAMN morphine and give him.10!!
He's lost strength, he's lost memory. He can't even remember small things every one takes for granted. One year for Christmas we gave him this really nice electric drill he had been wanting. 7 months later I got it out for him to use and in front of me and our kids He says, hey where did that come from, I've been needing one like that. Who did you borrow it from? We all just stood there looking at him like he was crazy. One of my boys finally said dad, that is the drill we just got you for Christmas this past year! He looked at all of us and said, I mean emphatically "no you didn't. I would remember getting that. Why are y'all messing with me!".
We just stood there shocked!
He has permanent pain from the lumbar punctures, he gets extremely irritated for no reason, is paranoid and explosive if we don't agree with his reality of something that just happened.
So do not even think about saying to me. " well, it's a good thing it was ONLY viral. That's just a bad headache for a while. If it was bacterial meningitis it would have been much worse. " yea, right.