Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. It can appear out of nowhere, when you least expect it. The initial symptoms can appear to be flu like - headache and aches. Any sensitivity to light/vomiting or the appearance of a stiff neck MUST be investigated and soon.
The Meningitis Research Foundation works to support research into the illness and develop medication to help prevent it. Their website has a Book of Experience - the stories of people who've suffered from the illness. My story is there. A proud survivor - never a victim.
Key symptoms are:
- Fever / vomiting
- Severe headache
- Stiff neck
- Dislike of bright lights
- Very sleepy / vacant / difficult to wake
- Confused / delirious
Make sure you learn the symptoms, keep an eye out for them - if you suspect someone you know is showing symptoms, get them to the hospital immediately. It's better to look like you've over-reacted than not. This is a life and death situation - looking like an idiot will be the least of your problems!
Be aware, learn the symptoms, get treatment immediately - it's key to survival.
If you'd like to support the Meningitis Research Foundation, check out their website - they could always take more help! They have some great Christmas cards or you can donate online, by post, or by phone .. check out all the ways you can donate here.