Meningitis True or False?

Do you think you know the facts about meningitis? Would you be able to spot it? Heres some questions, true or false style, about the facts of meningitis. Meningitis is easy to diagnose False! Meningitis is often mistaken for the flu or a viral infection. If you suspect meningitis you should always get immediate help,…

This is what meningitis does to the brain and body

We all know that meningococcal is a terrible, and painful disease. I have talked alot about the after effects of meningitis, and the signs and symptoms, but now I want to look further into the medical side of meningitis and the effect it has on the brain, and body during, and after the illness. Untreated,…

What Survivors of Meningitis want you to know

“Everyones experiences are different and the trauma is real” I asked a group of meningitis survivors what they wish people knew about meningitis and recovery from meningitis, and these wonderful people are letting me share it with you. These strong survivors all have different stories, different types of meningitis such as viral, or bacterial, and…

Super foods for the brain!

Food is a really natural way to improve brain function and overall health. I think that sometimes we overlook the benefits of using food as medicine and treating our bodies right. I have compiled a list of brain foods to include in our diets that includes some super yummy foods! I must add I am…

We’ve hit a wall

Here in New Zealand we are lucky to have access to great healthcare, but the system is very stretched. There are many awesome people who are over worked and under paid. Non-urgent cases take a long time to get to, and sometimes details are overlooked or messages are not passed on. We have learnt to…

A new scary strain of meningitis

Recently there has been an outbreak of meningococcal disease and 6 people have died from the new deadly strain, MenW. There has been 96 cases of meningococcal in New Zealand so far this year, 24 of those have been the new strain W. MenW presents as gastrointestinal symptoms and can be mistaken for food poisoning…

We’ll try anything to feel better

Hi everyone! If you’ve ever been unwell, then you will know that stage where you are so beaten down by acute or chronic pain you would literally walk across hot coal bare footed and dance the hula if it would make you feel better? That’s where we are at the moment. I should explain that…

Caring for someone with a brain injury

Being a carer for someone with a brain injury is very different for every case. Chris has an acquired brain injury brought on by the effects of meningitis. In Chris’s case I would say he only needed my care for the first month or two, now I have become more of like a personal assistant,…

What people with a brain injury want you to know

Be patient with me I am still the same person with a new normal, but I am also still recovering. Please be patient with me as I learn to adjust to this new normal. It would mean the world to me. I’m still as intelligent as I once was I might have once been ultra…