How to protect your family this fall from Viral Meningitis.

DSC_5893In September 2017 I was hospitalized with Viral Meningitis, which was a terrifying experience for me. Can you imagine going to the hospital with what you thought was just a bad headache only to find out you have a virus that was invading your body and inhibiting your ability to see, feel and think? It was insane how everything went from perfectly fine (I wasn’t 100 percent, but I wasn’t bad off) to being confined to a hospital bed.

Viral Meningitis is an inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord. This inflammation was causing the worst headache of my life. As I sat in the sterile emergency room, I remember sitting there looking at the ceiling and feeling like a kid was rolling a play dough ball consistently, but instead of playdoh, it was my brain being molded continuously into the shape the creator was trying to form. That alone will preach by itself. It was the worst migraine ever.

Some symptoms of Viral Meningitis

Common symptoms in babies

Poor eating
Sleepiness or trouble waking up from sleep
Lethargy (a lack of energy)

Common symptoms in adults
Stiff neck
Sensitivity to bright light
Sleepiness or trouble waking up from sleep
Lack of appetite
Lethargy (a lack of energy)

The only symptoms I didn’t have was the stiff neck. I went to the ER Around 11 am only to be sent back home after a very frustrating 5 hours waiting just to be given tramadol and morphine. By 9 pm I was back to the ER with a headache that was ten times worst. I bring this up to say that if you are feeling sick, please push for an answer because if you don’t you just never know it could be more severe than you think.DSC_5889

I know you’re probably wondering how do you catch meningitis? Or the obvious pressing question for myself: How did I did end up with meningitis?

Non-polio enteroviruses are the most common cause of viral meningitis in the United States, especially from late Spring to Fall when these viruses spread most often. However, only a small number of people who get infected with enteroviruses will develop meningitis.

If you have close contact with a person who has viral meningitis, you may become infected with the virus that made that person sick. However, you are not likely to develop meningitis. That’s because only a small number of individuals who get infected with the viruses that cause meningitis will develop viral meningitis.

DSC_5882Who gets the virus? Why me?

You can get viral meningitis at any age. However, some people have a higher risk of getting the disease, including
children younger than five years old, and people with weakened immune systems caused by diseases, medications (such as chemotherapy), and new organ or bone marrow transplantations.

How to prevent and protect your family from Meningitis.

There are no vaccines to protect against non-polio enteroviruses, which are the most common cause of viral meningitis. You can take the following steps to help lower your chances of getting infected with non-polio enteroviruses or spreading them to other people:

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after changing diapers, using the toilet, or coughing or blowing your nose.
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, not your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Stay home when you are sick.

Now that this has happened I am more motivated to start a healthy lifestyle for my family. We are going to be taking the more steps on top of the ones listed above; I honestly believe I contracted viral meningitis due to a weak immune system. So here are the steps that we are taking as a family to protect the little ones and us.

I will be more vigilant when it comes to others who are sick around my family. If anyone is sick including me, we will stay home. If someone else is under the weather, we will keep our distance until they feel better. It’s not worth getting sick to spend quality time.

I hope this was informing, enlightening and inspires you and your family to protect themselves and promote a healthy a lifestyle.

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