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Cadey J’s story

17th May 2017

Cadey, from Blackpool in Lancashire, was training as a student nurse when she contracted viral meningitis in April. The 27-year-old’s symptoms included a severe headache, vomiting, neck pain, aching, loss of appetite and exhaustion, but with help and support from family and friends she’s learning to manage. She tells her story here

Cadey J’s story

“I'm a student nurse and woke up on my first day of placement with a headache. I put it down to nerves, but by mid-afternoon I was in so much pain I had to ask to go home.

“Once home I thought I would sleep it off but by 5am I was crawling around the floor in pain. My husband Ian took me to A and E and I was admitted with suspected meningitis and started on antibiotics in case it was bacterial and fluids.

“I had to undergo a lumbar puncture which was very painful. My results came back as viral, so I was advised to take bed rest and fluids and returned home after five days.

My symptoms worsened

“But a day after returning home my symptoms worsened and I had to call the GP out who sent me back to hospital. It was confirmed I was suffering fluid loss from my lumbar puncture and I had to go to theatre for a blood patch.

“I have since returned home but I’m still struggling with exhaustion and headaches. My studies and dreams of becoming a nurse have had to be put on hold and I have three young children, Connor, Holly and Noah, who I've needed lots of help with from my husband, family and friends, as I wouldn't have managed without them.

“I rely on my husband a lot more than I did before. I have to go and have time out when my children are playing because otherwise I suffer with headaches from the noise. Meningitis Now has given me information that I have not received from anywhere else.”