Good morning friends,
Today's post is a little different. It's a piece of my personal journey, I'd like to share.
Today is World Meningitis Day!
Back in 2007, I learned of a virus, the most painful way possible.
That year, would change my life forever.
That year this virus that could affect ANYONE, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, would go and unexpectedly take the most important person away from me. I was only 24 yrs old.
She was only 44 yrs old.
That person was my mother.
How could that be? How could their have been signs and no one knew the dangers of it. Not us, not even the doctors in the ER caught it, nobody...
It happened so fast. Like literally going to bed and then waking up to realize it was too late.
My mother was so young. She was healthy and she was full of life.
She also had so much more to give and so much more I needed to learn from.
What I am going to describe is real life. A moment that would haunt me for many years to come.
Here is my personal Meningitis story.
Friday evening, September 14, 2007
My mom & I head out to a family members event.
We had just pulled out some cash from the ATM and decided to take our first ever selfie.
We had such a great evening laughing it away.
Something I have cherished all these years.
Saturday evening, September 15, 2007
We attended a wedding this day. My mom was able to see most of all her family and danced the night away. We call that night her farewell party. It would be the last time anyone got to see her.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
That morning she woke up with an earache. She made a few calls around that morning to chat. I remember still being asleep when she called, so she left me a voicemail letting me know she didn't feel to well and that she loved me and would talk to me later.... That call haunted me for years. The last call I missed from her. The last time she would ever dial my number. The last time I would ever have the chance to hear her voice.
Around 3pm that day, she started having severe migraines. Something she always dealt with most of her life. They would get so bad, the sight of any light would make her weep in pain.
She experienced fever, vomiting, headache, stiff neck and drowsiness.
8pm my dad knew something was terribly wrong with her. He called the ambulance and they took her to the hospital. They released her with a diagnose of migraines.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
8am, she returned home and laid down on the couch to get some rest. By 12:30pm that day, my mom's soul left the physical world.
My mom's death continues to be, an unfathomable concept. It all happened so fast!
Every person should know the risks and dangers of meningitis! Educate yourself so that you do not become a victim. You can survive this!
My message is: Don’t Share! Sharing things like food, soda, water bottles or lipstick is an open door for many diseases like meningitis. Wash your hands! A simple visit to the grocery store is all it takes to contract this deadly disease. Know the signs! It can truly save a life.
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Every year over 1 million1-3 people worldwide are affected by meningitis. Infection is by far the most common cause of meningitis and is caused by many different germs: viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.
There are three main types of meningitis infection:
Fungal / environmental
What to look for
Meningitis can be hard to recognize in the early stages. Symptoms can be similar to those of the common flu, including: fever, rash, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, and drowsiness.
Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime.
Did you know that:
Bacterial meningitis, which is the most severe and common form of meningitis, causes around 170,000 deaths globally every year.
Even with prompt diagnosis and treatment, approximately 10- 20% of patients with bacterial meningitis will die within 24 to 48 hours after the onset of symptoms, and around 10-30% will sustain permanent damage and disability.
Infants and children under five years old and adolescents between 15 and 19 years of age are most at risk. But anyone in the world can get meningitis at any time.
Those surviving meningitis can have their lives devastated as a result of long-term effects, such as deafness, brain damage, learning difficulties, seizures, difficulties with physical activities and loss of limbs (due to septicaemia).
Many people don’t know the warning signs or that many types of meningitis are vaccine-preventable.