Born February 12,1993
My son was born a healthy 9 lbs 7 ounces.
He was one month old when he contracted meningococcal meningitis and septicemia .
He appeared to have a cold, but was a pale white, had a fever and didn't want to wake up and eat.
When I saw the purple rash coming up on his skin I had no idea what it was, but we took him immediately to the doctor. The doctor told us to get him to the hospital, FAST.
At the hospital, even before the tests came back which would confirm what they already knew. They immediately gave him high powered antibiotics. Shortly after he was flown to another hospital which could provide better care, but before he could be transported he had to be vented. He was wide awake and it took three people to hold our one month old baby down to do this.
He was at the new hospital two months. That was the start to a very long road. The first few days they couldn't tell us if he would live or not. Then they said he was going to live but they could not be sure of the quality of life.
I just cried!!
They told me not to expect much.
It is now thirteen years later so I feel that I've have a pretty good handle on dealing with this.
has many after affects of the meningitis. He is totally dependent on me but
he can sit and put his head where he wants, so I don't have to hold his
He is a complete angel, a real sweetheart!
Lisa, Christopher's Mom