I am a 60 year old woman who was in good health until September 15, 2012 when I came in from a nice day of swimming in our pool with my 2 year old grand daughter, and I felt myself coming down with a fever and body aches. Even though it had been 106 degrees that day I covered up with a blanket. I was feverish and achy. It was 3 or 4 days before I went to the doctor. I was told that I had bronchitis and was given medication to take. A day or two passed and my husband took me to emergency because I had a fever of 102 and I was anxious with a headache. They did some blood tests, then took an chest x ray and told me I then had pneumonia. I was sent home with meds. Another trip to emergency came a day later - I had a terrible headache and my neck was sore, but I could put my chin to my chest so meningitis wasn't a concern. I was in the hospital for 5 days. There were many tests done, but they were puzzled by the outcome of them. I don't know exactly. I came home for a couple of days while my fever came and went and my head was hurting more and more as was my neck. Again, my husband brought me to emergency. I was put on iv antibiotics right away, they then decided about the only test left was a lumbar puncture. When the doctor told us that I had viral meningitis she seemed a bit relieved. I was hospitalized for another week while I was on pain medication for my horrible headache. It was never gone, but managed at an almost tolerable level. They did their very best for me, and I am grateful.
Once I was discharged, I had lost 20 pounds and was extremely weak. I could only walk with the help of a walker, and I couldn't raise my arms. We kept the windows dark because the light was too bright. Noises were intolerable. I couldn't concentrate, make decisions, or focus very long on anything. Conversations were difficult. TV was frustrating. Weeks passed, and I SLOWLY improved. At beginning of November I was able to get around the house alone, able to bathe and care for myself. I would feel almost depressed because of my inability of function at a more normal pace. I would weep at the end of the day waiting for my husband to come home. I continued to improve each day, and by the first of the year, I began to wean off the medication I had been taking for the headaches.
It is now April, my doctor has told me that all my blood work is "normal" again, and I should come back in a year! I still experience shaky hands when I attempt to write, etc. and my short term memory is less and less affected. If I have a busy day or two, I can expect a couple of days of fatigue after. My doctor told me I will probably continue to improve for the next 6-9 months. I continue to take medication to prevent headache and depression. It is time to see my neurologist for a follow up regarding this.
I am very grateful for the care I got during this illness. I hope someone is encouraged by my recovery. It was so helpful to me to read what others have experienced.