October update

There’s not much to share again this month, there is always periods of stillness, where not much is happening, a slow period of no appointments, or just waiting. Chris has been referred to ENT specialists for chronic sinitus, but an appointment can take up to 6 months, in the mean time he has been taking…

September Update

Chris has been referred to ENT specialists for possible chronic sinusitis which was picked up on a recent MRI. This could explain his face pain, the the increase in head pressure when leaning foward, his snoring, and possibly the increase in head pain recently. He has been taking migradol suggested for treatment of chronic headaches…

August Update

Our neurology appointment has finally come! Yay! Chris was a little disheartened after the appointment, I think he was expecting more answers. The truth is, brain injuries are very difficult. If you have seen one brain injury, you have seen one brain injury. They are all different, person to person, injury to injury. What works…

2 year anniversary

Wow! Two years! Two years since meningitis changed our lives, our perspective, our outlook, our direction, all changed. A recent visit with Chris’s occupational therapist has shown us how far he has come since, and has also given us some direction for tests and treatment for the future. Looking back to March last year, Chris…

Fundraising for a cause

I want to talk about the different ways you can fundraise for a cause. This is also helpful for me to brainstorm as I would love to raise money for the meningitis foundation NZ in the future. Marathons/fun runs Competing in a marathon and getting others to sponsor you is a great way to raise…

Sensitive to smells?

It is well known that meningitis can take away or dull your sense of smell, and you can have sensory processing issues, like sensory overload, and light sensitivity, but being sensitive to smells is a less common problem. Chris plenty of times has had trouble eating certain foods, or being in the same room as…

No swimming after meningitis???

I have seen a lot of people advised that they should not be swimming after meningitis. Many people have been told different reasons why they should not swim, by others or their doctor. I’ve compiled a small list of some of those reasons. Germs There’s always a chance of picking up bacteria, or viruses from…

How happy memories are tainted

Before Chris fell ill, we spent a wonderful day in a sunny park, making family memories and soaking in the crisp winter morning. We took our son on his first trip to a very memorable park from my childhood, it was an amazing winter morning where you could see every breath blown into the cold…

So, what is meningitis?

I’ve told stories of people who have had meningitis over and over and every story is different, I’ve written signs and symptoms, but I still get asked often, so what actually IS meningitis? I get it, its confusing, what is it? How did they get it? I still remember walking (running) into the hospital and…

Meningitis vaccines

What vaccines are available to us to help protect us against the different types of meningitis? And what ones are part of the vaccine schedule? Scheduled vaccinations Pneumococcal vaccines are part of the schedule for 3 months, 5 months, and 15 months. Pneumococcal bacteria is carried in the back of the throat and is passed…