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Meningococcal Meningitis and Health Care

Meningicoccal Meningitis is one of the faster growing illnesses today that oftens gets misdiagnosed until it is too late to prevent long term damage. Mistaken for a cold, UTI, “the child is just tired,” and plenty of other common illnesses diagnosed and treated to get you out of the Emergency Room in a timely and costly fashion. If a child presents in the emergency room with Lethargy, Stiff Neck, Purple non-blanching rash and a fever, why would a so called “Medical Professional” not recognize these symtoms to correspond with Meningitis? Even on the News they tell people to look for these signs and symptoms and if they present to go to the Emergency Room right away.
My daughter was 1 1/2 years old when she started showing these signs. I took her to the Emergency Room right away and was quickly dismissed as being a paranoid first time mother. A Doctor there actually asked me if I was a first time mother! Being a teenager didn’t help much either, I’m sure. They treated my daughter for a UTI and sent us home. After my daughters vision began changing and hr eyes began to cross and stay crossed I took her back to the ER and got the responce, “Oh she is just tired, take her home and put her to bed.” Finally after coming into the ER 3 times they did a spinal tap to test her Spinal Fluid for Bacteria and got the diagnoses of Meningicoccal Meningitis. Yes, the disease that kills children in meer hours!
Irate that they could have kept up their “fast health care” approach I demanded to be transferred to another hospital at the first hospitals expense. They obliged, but there was never an apology for the lack of health care we recieved, just a “sometimes people slip through the cracks.”
5 years later I continue to deal with the after effects of Meningicoccal Meningitis with my daughter. Balance Problems, Behavior Issues, and Deafness. Things that could have been prevented if the health care system was more equiped to take their time.
Don’t always trust the word of “Health Care Professionals.” If you are not comfortable with what they are telling you it is your right to ask for another opinion. Remember that is why they call it “Practicing Medicine.”