Hi. I was diagnosed with Viral Meningitis end August. Was in Hospital for 2 weeks.
I was discharged and spent 3 days home resting. For 2 days I went to work only half day. The 3rd day I was back full time. Unfortunately I had no choice but to work as my sick leave was already exhausted. I was now owing my Company time. I was still weak, stayed tired and suffered from headaches and bad pressure in my head still every day. I did not have much of an appetite either.
As the days go by it is improving a bit. But I have noticed that my memory is not so good anymore. I get frustrated and irritated. I forget what I want to say at times. I am battling to sleep even though I feel so exhausted most of the time. I have noticed recently that I am extremely emotional. I suffer in general from Depression and I am on medication. There has been a few challenges in my life lately that I needed to deal with. I put this being so emotional down to this.
At the moment, life in general is normal as it could be and I am still an emotional mess. It comes over me like waves. I will be working or just relaxing with a cup of coffee and then I have these emotional waves wash over me. I am in tears on a daily basis almost, but not crying hysterically or like for hours. This is really worrying me a lot.
Is there anybody else experiencing this?
Advice if I may - I did it for 2days - Go back to work gradually - say day 1 you go in for 2Hours and each day you stay a bit longer. You will build up some strength, get work done a bit and get to rest too.
I really hope that all of us out here suffering from Post Meningitis effects can get the help we need.
So sorry to hear you’re struggling. Your symptoms are so similar to mine and I can really relate to how you’re feeling.
I hope that things become easier for you. Just try and take every day at a time and listen to your body.
I have terrible memory and struggle with my words .. especially when I am really tired (which is most of the time).
I was an emotional roller coaster but that’s one thing that has eased a bit as long as I don’t push myself too hard.
I have found that before I could multitask and think nothing of it .. now it’s almost impossible. It’s these things that seem to have the biggest affect on my body and the strain on my brain, causing emotions.
Get well x
Thank you for replying. It is good to know I am not alone. Sorry that you struggling too.
Some days are better than others. I try to take it easy, but my work can become stressful. I get placed under a lot of pressure. Employers in South Africa don't all worry much about employees. It's all about work. So it's difficult for me to explain to them to understand that I need to take it easy.
I'm in general a very active person and can handle a lot - multitask, now I struggle too. It is not easy.
Hope and pray that all gets better soon for you.
I ended up printing out some information from The meningitis now website and providing it to my employer so they could see it in black and white from someone else!
It’s worth a try!
That's a great idea. I will see how it goes and do the same if they continue giving me a hard time.
I know exactly where you are at. Going from being articulate, goal orientated mother of 2, who never found a challenge I could not tackle to this person.....I don't know or recognise, is a heartbreaking reality that I wish I could escape. It's lonely and I struggle with most people thinking I am making it up or want to stay stuck.
If they only knew the daily struggle just to BE ME NOW.
Not to hate myself. I never ever have hated myself. This person I am now is a stranger that honestly, I don't want to know.
We need support or a time machine? Haha.
I send much love to all who are walking this path. Hold on even when you are weak. 💞
Thank you for this. Whilst I am much better after 2 years, you have reminded me of all I battled through & help me to recognise the remnants of the attack .