My name is Catherine and my husband Troy has just gotten released from the hospital from Viral Encephalitis, on August 16, 2005. We are living in Bloomington, Indiana. My husband is 24 and it was most definitely the scariest thing I have ever witnessed in my life so far.
It had all started on a Friday, Troy had called me while I was at work and said that he was not feeling right, I could tell his speech was slightly slurred as if he had drank to much, but my husband doesn't drink so that caught me as a sign that something was not right. Troy had told me on the phone that his left arm was going numb and his vision in his right eye was going blurry. So I rushed home which takes me about 20 min and when I had gotten home, everything was fine and Troy said he felt better, so we didn't think to much of it, plus Troy would not let me take him to the hospital thinking that everything was fine, but we had made plans to get him in to the doctor to get checked out as soon as we could. Then the next day Saturday everything was fine he did complain of a headache, but he has migraines often so once again we didn't think much of it. We were shopping on Sunday and he complained that his right arm was going numb and that his vision was going blurry so he asked me to drive home, then when we got to the car and on our way home he couldn't make a sentence. He could get the first few words out but after that it would be straight gibberish. Once we got home Troy said he was going to lie down for a while. He was complaining of a headache again and by this time had taken 5 Excedrin Migraine's, which still didn't help. I asked him once again if he wanted me to take him to the hospital and he still said no, then shortly after he started getting very irritable and aggressive so I called some friends to help me take him to the hospital. By this time he had lost all his balance so he could not walk.
Once we got to the hospital everything went down hill, they couldn't decide whether he had a stroke or if it was something else. Troy was going through what I can only imagine the worst pain ever. He kept screaming words that didn't make since and holding his head, but he could scream curse words perfectly which believe it or not gave me hope because that was a little bit of Troy that was still there. He eventually went into shock because of the pain in his head and passed out. The hospital gave him a CT scan and ruled out that is wasn't a bleeding stroke, but still hadn't ruled out that it wasn't a stroke caused by a blood clot. Thankfully they started the Antiviral and Antibacterial medicine within an hour of getting there just in case it was meningitis. So the hospital said that since Troy was just out of his mind, he didn't know where he was, what his name was, or even who anyone one was. He had turned into a completely different person he had a completely different persona it was like I didn't even know him. They said it had to be neurological so they gave him a spinal tap, but the doctor couldn't get any fluid out of his spine, so they said they had to try again in the morning ,since they where putting him through so much more pain. A few hours later Troy could realize that people where around, but still couldn't talk which frustrated him greatly. He was still complaining of a severe headache and couldn't stand any kind of light being on around him and still no one seemed to know exactly what was wrong with him. By the morning he was still confused on where he was and who people where, they once again tried the spinal tap and thankfully were successful and by that afternoon they knew what he had, but of course had no idea how he had contracted it.
He slept pretty much all day, later that evening he was doing much
better he new who everyone was, where he was and had his basic motor skills
back, he still couldn't walk well but was defiantly working extra hard.
By the next morning everything was fine the doctors said he didn't need
any further medication and since he had made a fast recovery on the day
before, he was back to normal he still slipped up on a few words now and
then but all and all he had made a 360 compared to how fast had things
gone down hill they seemed to be going that fast in recovery thank goodness.
So Troy is at home now with still a little bit of a speech problem fumbling
over a few words now and then, but is defiantly the Troy I know. The doctors
said he should have no permanent damage thankfully and should make a full
recovery. To see someone go through what I saw Troy go through is something
I would never wish upon my worst enemy, it is by far the scariest thing
either one of us has ever been through. To everyone that is going through
these things now just now that it will be all right and you have to be
strong for everyone's sake and always have hope in your heart because
without hope where would we be. I wish everyone the best of luck and I
hope Troy's story might help someone somewhere make it through this hard
time. If anyone would like to email me feel free, email link below. God Bless
I also wanted to include that unlike most of the stories Troy had
no sign of illness before the initial activity on the Friday, which
was the first sign that he was even ill. I would also like to thank
you as well for this website I have learned so much from reading others
stories and that what we went through could have been so much worse
and I thank god that Troy recovered so quickly and will have no lasting
Posted: Sept. 06, 2005