Vicky's story

16th July 2015

Vicky Ross, 32 of Renfrewshire, suffered many symptoms, including a high temperature, extreme dehydration, aching muscles and extreme fatigue, when she contracted viral meningitis in November 2014

Vicky
Despite visiting her GP and A & E, Vicky spent more than six weeks struggling to get through each day without any treatment.

She recalls her story here. 

“On the 4th November 2014 I came home from work and was supposed to be going for a meal for my birthday but I felt extremely tired so went straight to bed instead. I felt like I had a really bad flu, with aching muscles, fatigue and a high temperature."

“I didn't make an appointment to see my GP until seven days had passed with no improvement, believing I would get better on my own. I was sweating excessively during the night and waking up severely dehydrated."

“I was struggling to work, not being able to get through the day because I was so tired. At times I had to put my head on the desk for hours at a time because the fatigue was overwhelming."

“My husband had to cook all my meals and do all the household chores. I couldn't drive or do normal things like shopping or going out. I couldn't stand in the shower and I slept for hours on end every day."

“I missed a family weekend away and almost failed a college course. The muscle pain was horrendous and I had to take time away from work. I wasn't able to plan anything for my wedding which was booked and only a few months away. I began to worry it wasn't going to happen.”

Told I had a virus

“I went to my GP who said I had a viral infection and should rest. My bloods were taken anyway, but came back clear."

“Another week went past and I had to leave work early. My eyes started flickering with bright light; I felt dizzy and thought I was going to pass out. I phoned my mum who said she would take me to A & E."

“Staff agreed that I probably had a virus and offered more bloods but I didn't see the point, so they said I was to rest, eat well and take fluids. The told me a virus could last months.”

Losing patience

“I returned to work and by this time my colleagues were beginning to lose patience as I was constantly complaining of being unwell. It went on for about six weeks all in."

“I returned to the GP again and was told to go home and monitor my temperature, then come back afterwards as I might be having hot flushes."

“Two weeks later I awoke one morning and noticed that my vision was blurred. I felt worried but hoped eye drops would do the trick."

“I made an appointment for an optician and before long I was being sent straight to A & E once again where I was told I had Papilledema - swelling of the optic nerve, which is normally caused by brain tumours.”

I had viral meningitis

“I felt worried and scared as I waited for a CT scan. It showed no tumour but increased pressure in my head. A lumbar puncture and MRI scan later confirmed I had meningitis and I was admitted to hospital a week before Christmas."

“I was in an isolated room at first and treated with anti-viral medication and antibiotics, but I was soon moved to a ward when it was discovered I had the viral form."

“I was in hospital for two weeks and I only got home for a few hours on Christmas day but I was so ill that I slept the whole time and couldn't eat anything."

“During my hospital admission I noticed I had developed a ringing in my ear which I still have today along with floaters in my eyes. Thankfully I am better now, but when I first left hospital I was so weak and disorientated - not being able to stand in the shower or walk much distance. I lost over a stone in weight."

“I had no idea how serious viral meningitis could be and can only feel grateful for the amount of support I received from my family and friends who I honestly couldn't have coped without.”

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