- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
So this past week I’ve been basically living at the hospital on no sleep by my moms side. I got a call in the middle of the night Monday (Or Tuesday in the early hours) Saying my mom had been rushed to the ER with a severe headache & confusion. Apparantly she was extremely combative when she arrived at the ER, basically thrashing around and hitting anyone near her while screaming at the top of her lungs. She lives with her boyfriend an hour away so my FI & I jumped in the car and got to the hospital as fast as we could.
When we arrived my mom had been hooked up to a ventilator & was in an enduced coma. The doctors were explaining they suspected she had some form of meningitis which explains her symptoms. Soon after they did a spinal tap which confirmed my mom had a severe infection of Strep Type B Bacterial Meningitis.
They also told us this is life threatening and she die. I am 24 years old & my sister is 29. We were in SHOCK. THey continued to pump her with antibiotics and said all her vitals were good but there is no guarantee of beating this.
Day 2 she was still under heavy sedation & basically resting for the day. The concern was if she could breathe on her own & when to take the ventilator out. They didnt want to rush it because putting it back in causes far too much damage to patients.
Fast forward to day 3 & the doc started lowering her sedation quite a bit. It was hard to watch my mom, helpless & confused, waking up in restraints because she would try to pull the tubes out of her throat. The Doctors explained to us that would be very uncomfortable with the tubes down her throat but this was normal, and she had to stay in that half awake state and follows commands for quite awhile to be able to get off the ventilator.
They told us that they would probably try to take her off the breathing machine on day 4. I was so heartbroken to look into my moms eyes of agony, and her squeezing my hand as if she were trying to tell me to help her, and get her out of that uncomfortable state. So they told us to let her rest and calm down her heartrate, so we went to lunch. We were expecting her to not get the tube out until the next day. Well we came back into her room a couple hours later and they were TAKING HER OFF THE VENTILATOR!!!!!!!!!
I WAS SO HAPPY. IN SUCH SHOCK. This was the scary part, and SHE PASSED!!!! Not even 72 hours after being admitted to ICU, MY MOM WAS BREATHING ON HER OWN, & TALKING!!!!!!
The docs said it couldnt have gone ANY BETTER. As my mom had a SERIOUS infection of the brain & risk of brain damage or death. They could not believe she was talking normal sentences & knew who we all were right away. I feel so blessed & wanted to share my story. You never know when you could get the same call I did, so please tell your loved ones everyday how much they mean to you!
So as of today my moms throat is really sore, and shes exhausted with a headache. (All normal things) So she is now recovering and doing some physical therapy to get herself moving a bit. I am so happy & relieved. Its been a rollercoaster week, but its all working out.
Thanks for reading my story, felt like its so inspirational I had to share!!!:):):):):)