My Christmas Party Story
At the start of 2018 my Stepdaughter was diagnosed with Pneumococcal Meningitis, She was cared for by the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital.
She spent a number of weeks in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and was looked after by the amazing staff that couldn’t do enough for her and ourselves.
Nothing was too much trouble. Whilst she was in an induced coma they Plaited her hair and looked after her personal care.
Luckily she made a recovery with only slight damage to her optic nerve.
As part of our Charity Commitments we have offered a table of 10 to the NHS to say thanks for an amazing job they do 365 Days A Year.
Due to the distance we had to travel the Ronald Mcdonald House offered us a room for us to stay to save us travelling to and from the hospital every day.
The rooms at Ronald Mcdonald House offer rooms that are home from home.
The rooms are comparable to some 4 Star Hotels and feature large bathrooms along with a number of Communal Kitchens to make your own food.
All this was free of charge and would not be available if it wasn’t down to members of the public and local businesses making the donations to this amazing charity.
On the night their will be a Charity Auction and Raffle to raise money for Ronald Mcdonald House and the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital.
Meningitis is inflammation of the lining which surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Many cases are caused by bacteria.
Pneumococcal Meningitis occurs when the bacteria reaches the bloodstream and infects the ‘meninges’ (the membranes that protects the brain and spinal cord). The meninges are filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is there to protect the brain.
How do you catch Meningitis?
People carry the bacteria in the nose and throat and pass them around by Coughing & Sneezing.
This bacteria is harmless most of the time. If the bacteria reaches a susceptible person that’s when it becomes a problem.
The bacteria can cause diseases such as ear or sinus infections, through to life threatening Meningitis.
Pneumococcal Meningitis Diagnosis
The only accurate way to diagnose Meningitis is to take a sample of the cerebrospinal fluid and send to the lab for testing.
How is Meningitis Treated?
The most common misconception is that Meningitis will always have a rash. THIS IS NOT THE CASE Meningitis does not always come with a rash and therefore is difficult to diagnose and many think it can just be a simple infection.
If the healthcare professional suspects Meningitis then Antibiotics will be administered straightaway usually intravenously.
The majority of patients will make a recovery while other survivors may be left with some kind of after affect.
We hope you can join us in our Fundraising Efforts as you never know if you may need the services of Manchester Childrens Hospital or The Ronald Mcdonald House.