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ER Visit: What Occurred When You Arrived?

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Patti shares what happened when she arrived at the hospital with bacterial spinal meningitis symptoms and describes how her condition was treated.

When I first arrived at the ER they took my symptoms and said that they would have to do a spinal tap, which was frightening in itself - the spinal tap. As my journey goes on with this I had several spinal taps, but they took the spinal tap and said that they would have to move me because they had no infectious disease doctor at this first hospital and they said that I had spinal meningitis and it was bacterial meningitis.

When I arrived at the second hospital I was put on a sixth floor and I had concern about that in that I knew that bacterial meningitis was the worst one you could get and that it was contagious. So I didn’t understand why no precautions were being taken, but they weren’t. Family and friends were coming in; the pain level that I was experiencing was still extreme. They put me on morphine and that wasn’t touching it, so then they went to another painkiller and I started having some hallucinations.

But then I found out that when you have spinal meningitis you are very easily aggravated. You don’t respond to questions or anything else that’s going on like you would if you didn’t have this brain swelling that you have when you have the meningitis.

So, I was on the antibiotics and they decided to give me a PICC line in my arm and that was installed so that they could easily put the antibiotics in and that when I left the hospital I’d be able to have them administered at home.

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