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…

Meningitis scare

Chris was gaming and all of a sudden let out a grunt of pain holding the side of his head. This can be a usual occurence around here, but this time was different. “I’ve never had pain like this before”. He was holding the side of his head in front of his ear and grimacing….

Coming off migraine medication

Chris decided that after 7 months of being on a medium dose of migraine medication that he would like to wean off it to see how his daily life would look without it. When he started the pills they made him fall asleep easier, but he would wake feeling drowsy and hungover. They would fight…

Winter brings up memories

Being the second winter we are coming into since Chris had meningitis brings up memories from when he was ill. The dark evenings, and cold, sunny, autumn days always take me back to the day before he got sick. We traveled to the deer park and had an amazing day, that memory is now tainted…

Some days are tough

Some days, like today, are challenging, and difficult. I don’t like to call it a “bad day” because there are always some good points, but some days it’s like the planets of shit storms align and you are just praying for time to rest, so “bad day” seems appropriate. As some of you know, we…

March Update

It’s strange talking to Chris about things that I remember so vividly, and he has no recollection about, even the little things. Memories we have together that are now forgotten, a message I told him this morning, completely erased. Personal jokes he doesn’t understand anymore, but it’s amazing when a memory comes back. I try…

Surviving Meningitis

I have a few short briefs of real life stories from those who have fought meningitis and survived. World meningitis awareness day is coming up on the 24th of April so I’m hoping to be doing something for that! But for now, here are some stories from survivors. Jenn Harper shares with me: Nov 2017…