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My year so far (meningitis and brain bleed)...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 26, 2007
  • 09:35 PM

Right around Christmas/New Year's I started to get severe headaches. I went to the ER on all of these days with worsening headache: January 3, 7, 11 and 14.

They did a CT scan and spinal tap early on that apparently didn't show anything, so they just kept treating my symptoms, getting my blood pressure down and releasing me. But by the 14th I had full-blown meningitis and was admitted. Stayed in the hospital a few days, completed a PICC line of antibiotics at home the week after. The infectious disease doctor ordered a followup MRI because she said I was so young (I was 26 at the time, now 27) and wanted to make sure everything checked out OK there after the meningitis. Well, thank goodness she did, because it showed a gigantic brain bleed in my right frontal lobe and I was ordered back to neurology ICU at the hospital (Superbowl/my birthday weekend). My parents and siblings didn't even want me to see the scans, it was apparently so horrific. My sister said everyone's jaws dropped when they saw it. The nurses later half-joked they were amazed I could walk and talk. While in the hospital they did an angiogram and ruled out aneurisms and other bad stuff that that test rules out.

Since then, I've been at home nursing this constant headache with vicodin and SOMA, waiting for my second MRI which will finally come this Friday. Apparently there was so much blood in the first MRI they couldn't determine what was underneath, be it an abcess or tumor or nothing. I was fine all this month but now I'm anxious and just want to get it over with.

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