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The meningitis is healing, thank you all. The spinal tap required to differentiate my viral meningitis (the non-terrifying variety) from bacterial meningitis (the oh-god-I'm-going-to-die-I'm-too-young-to-die variety) hasn't healed, and I'm stuck with a hole in my spine. I am leaking CSF all over the place, giving me some stupendously amazing headaches when I sit up and my poor brain, derived of its cushy pillow of CSF, crashes up against the inside of my skull.
As such, I have been stuck on the couch all week, eating painkillers and not getting up. DrDGT has been a tremendous help, staying home from lab as much as he can and fetching me water, and snacks, and whatever else my little heart desires. I am feeling super guilty about not being in lab all week, even though my boss has said that he understands my brains are leaking out and it's OK for me to be at home.
I am planning to go back to the ER tomorrow and have them do a "blood patch" - in said procedure (if I understand correctly), they draw 20-30mL blood out of a vein and inject it into the epidural space. This blood applies pressure to the hole, and clots around it as well, forcing it to close. To this, I said 25 milliliters of blood?!? Holy frigging shit! That is a shitload of blood to just ram into a space it doesn't normally live!
Anecdotal evidence (plus a few papers I pubmedded) suggest the blood patch pretty much fixes these headaches right away. Fingers crossed, everyone.
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