7 Sep 2011

Life Threatening Illness: What Is Meningitis?

Disclaimer: before I go into details about childbirth, I want to share with you an important story about my life which is going to influence  my wishes. You can read The Symptoms to begin with.

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I didn’t know what meningitis was until that summer.

Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord (meninges). It can be life-threatening because of the inflammation's proximity to the brain and spinal cord. Aseptic-Meningitis11

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Delay in treatment causes deaths and a severe stage of meningitis. If the level of consciousness is low then mechanical ventilation is required to treat it. However, most people affected do recover [I am one].

Anyone can get meningitis, but age is one of the main risk factors. Babies are at higher risk of bacterial meningitis than any other age group. Toddlers are also at increased risk of meningitis. Teenagers and young adults are at risk mainly from meningococcal disease, a different term used to describe the bacterium which causes the illness. Meningitis affects people living in both developed and under developed countries worldwide.

The Meningitis Research Foundation states that

… one in ten of us carries the bacteria for weeks or months without ever knowing that they are there, and for most of us this is harmless because, fortunately, most of us have natural resistance.

They are passed from person to person through prolonged close contact: coughing, sneezing, breathing each other's breath or by kissing someone who is carrying the germ [I kissed a guy the night before]. The bacteria are so fragile that they cannot survive for more than a few moments outside the human body. For this reason, they are not very contagious; they cannot be carried on things like cups, toys, furniture or clothing.

Most survivors make a full recovery without long-term after effects, but some are left with disabilities or with problems that can alter their lives. A quarter of survivors find that the effects of the disease reduce their quality of life.

To be able to cure the illness a neurologist have to perform lumbar puncture (LP) on the patient to analyze the cerebrospinal fluid. This checks and terminates the herniation of the brain. When performed correctly, the LP procedure can be rapidly completed with little discomfort or risk to the patient.

But my experience was different.

To be continued – In The Hands of a Neo-Neurologist.

5 comments:

  1. oh wow...i've heard of meningitis but never actually knew what it was. i wonder if the guy even knew he had meningitis..is that how it works? if he passed it on, did he have it too?

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  2. No, it doesn't work like that. He carried the germ but he didn't have it. I believe my system was weaker that's why I got it.

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  3. i never realized that meningitis was so serious ... it always seemed like it could be treated with no issues to the person whatsoever ... little did i know.

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  4. I've read here that there are some possibilities of vaccines for meningitis..

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  5. "I've read here that there are some possibilities of vaccines for meningitis.. "

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