Its been 8 days since my daughter who's 16 came out of hospital after contracting VM. It's been approximately 3 weeks since she experienced the first headache.
To be honest i feel really guilty because it was 5 days with persistent headache and continual vomiting before taking her to A and E where she promptly collapsed and convulsed on the floor of the see and treat area. Don't get me wrong i took her to the Dr's 4 days out of the 5 saying that this wasn't her normal migrainal pathway. I wish that the Dr's were not so preoccupied with stiff necks and septicemia rashes when looking for evidence of meningitis. My daughters aversion to lights and sound as well as the stiff neck come on the 6th day. This was the day that she was discharged with VM with the dr's saying that the symptoms can be managed at home. No chance the VM had different ideas, the vomiting and crushing headaches started again during the night and an ambulance was called. She spent the next 10 days in hospital experiencing convulsions that were not seizures, vertigo, temporary visual disburbances including loss of sight, partial paralysis and slurred speech. Her cognitive functioning, although humorous when replying to the the question where am i touching you? 'in my happy place' ( her arms), was not so humorous when the neurologist said my daughter was fine apart from the mental aspect, her words not mine.
At this point i do apologise if this blog comes across as angry, i am frustrated more. While she was in hospital i lost my dad to cancer, and i became ill myself with a kidney infection. Life cant get more miserable for us at the moment.
Anyway after 10 days she was discharged on anti sickness and a cocktail of painkillers. It now the 8th day she has been discharged and in that time the headache has lessened and the vomiting stopped. Until today when she vomited again, i am at a loss she has lost a vital stone in weight she she could not afford to lose - is recurrent vomiting something i should expect?. The headache reappeared but has subsided. I am so scared she is going to relapse although somewhere inside me tells me its not possible. She is still shaky and her speech goes between slurred and rapid non stop talking - is this normal? I have no idea what to expect during the recovery period apart from headaches, lethargy and sleep. Some days is better then others. She is so wanting to pick up her life and attend 6th form again.
It would be lovely to get some answers to my questions on what to expect post VM.
Thanks for reading this