Reaction Paper On Meningitis

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Meningitis

What it is?

According to Mayo Clinic, Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and the spinal cord.

Some symptoms of Meningitis are:
1- Severe headache with nausea or vomiting
2- Stiff Neck
3- Fever
4-Confusion or difficulty concentrating
5-Seizures
6-Sleepiness or difficulty waking
7-Sensitivity to light
8-No appetite or thirst
9-Skin rash

I remember when I was 10 year old, I had Meningitis. It all started when I was playing outside in my backyard. I was hanging on a pole of clothe line. I was upside down on it; suddenly I fell to the floor. It happened so fast.

That very night I had a severe headache. My mother did the usual homemade remedy that used to work. This time, it did not work. I continued
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I was even sleepwalking, something I never did before that fall. When I woke up I found myself next to the window talking. My mother asked who is there. I don’t know if I was dreaming or hallucinating. The thing is that, I was talking to my brother-in-law. When I opened my eyes, no one was actually there. This was in between sleep, dream and waking up…weird.

So, the following day, I still had the severe headache. My mother had decided to take me to the doctor. The headache was abnormal. Also, something very strange was happening. Each time I closed my eyes for a little moment, I started dreaming. When my mother was combing my hair I remembered I closed my eyes and I started dreaming that I was walking on the sidewalk with my friend and I spot on the sidewalk. Suddenly I opened my eyes and noticed I spot on the bed. That was strange. I don’t know but the meningitis was making me act weird.

So my mother took me to the doctor. I remember he put me to sit on a table. He was in front of me. He tried to bend me forward a little, but he said I had to be
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However, the fungal infection is very rare.

What are the risks factors?

Some risk factors for meningitis are:
1- Age is a risk factor. Most bacterial meningitis is common in people under 20.
2- Skipping vaccinations. There is high risk for those who did not complete their recommended childhood or adult vaccination schedule.

What are the complications?

Some complications of Meningitis are
1-Memory difficulty
2-Learning disabilities
3-Brain damage
4-Kidney failure
5-Seizures
6-Shock
7-Hearing loss
8-Death

How to treat and how to prevent?

Meningitis can be treated

How to prevent?
1- Practice a good hygiene (don’t share drinks, straws, lip silks etc)
2- Wash your hands (can prevent germs so keep your hands clean at all time)
3- Stay healthy (keep your immune system healthy by getting enough rest, exercising on a regular basis, and following a healthy diet)
4- Cover your mouth (when you sneeze or cough)

Now, technology and medical research has come a long way. So in case you know someone with this illness, there are chances for recovery. I am very happy that I recovered from this illness and to be able to tell you my
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