Death of a Teacher at South

Death of a Teacher at South

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Gwen Bailey Rothauser

United States

#1 Jan 3, 2010
I only read this forum occasionaly, but I know that it a way to spread the word about spinal meningitis into a community that I love very much and I feel a need to do this.

I have been deeply touched by the death of this young teacher just starting out in life. There are two reasons for this, firstly, she was at South, and secondly, I had spinal meningitis at the age of 58 and I lived, although with some limitations.

I guess what I am trying to convey here is that there are two types of meningitis. There is viral and there is bacterial. This young teacher and I both had the bacterial, not the viral. The viral is easy to treat, the bacterial is very fast moving and very deadly. I was lucky in that the doctor in the emergercy room new immediatly to do a spinal tap. Cat scans, blood work, any other test will not detect it. PLEASE, if you have major, and I mean major, pain in your neck (where it hurts to move to the point of not being able to move), or a headache that persists for more than a few hours in the lower part of the back of your head and you feel you to need to go to the emergency room, INSIST they do a spinal tap.

I have no idea how I contracted it and I am sure that this young lady's family doesn't know how she did either.

Perhaps, at my old age this is why I was allowed to live, to save another life. Please pass this information on to your friends.

THANK YOU
mrfranly

United States

#2 Jan 3, 2010
Thank you for your post. I didn't know your mother well, but I admired her none the less for all her hard work associated with education. I remember when she left town to come to your aide.

Tell us what precautionary measures were implemented when you presented with this awful bacterial infection.

What advice would you give our school system beyond the personal advice you previously offered?
jondeere1965

United States

#3 Jan 3, 2010
mrfranly wrote:
Thank you for your post. I didn't know your mother well, but I admired her none the less for all her hard work associated with education. I remember when she left town to come to your aide.
Tell us what precautionary measures were implemented when you presented with this awful bacterial infection.
What advice would you give our school system beyond the personal advice you previously offered?
Marlene, apearently you changed your email, but you still should have mind...please send me your new one , thanks
mrfranly

United States

#4 Jan 3, 2010
jondeere1965 wrote:
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Marlene, apearently you changed your email, but you still should have mind...please send me your new one , thanks
no...no new addy....give me a few minutes to finish dinner and I'll go to that computer. I can't access my email from this computer. didn't I give you my phone #s when we first chatted on line? call anytime.
mrfranly

United States

#5 Jan 3, 2010
To JonDeere: no new emails from you on my computer. I tried to email you but my 'puter said the addy i have for you is 'an unknown user.'

I just called Jan at the station. He will give you my phone info. My email has been the same for 8 or 9 ys....I never change it. Its nearing 7 PM and he's going out for dinner shortly. If he isn''t there when you call... his ext is 17. leave him a message. Sorry for the confusion.

Gwen Bailey Rothauser

United States

#6 Jan 5, 2010
mrfranly wrote:
Thank you for your post. I didn't know your mother well, but I admired her none the less for all her hard work associated with education. I remember when she left town to come to your aide.
Tell us what precautionary measures were implemented when you presented with this awful bacterial infection.
What advice would you give our school system beyond the personal advice you previously offered?
There were no precuationary measures implemented. It attacks without any warning. My husband was given shots to prevent him from developing it, so I was told. I was unconscious when I was found and for about 2 weeks afterwards so I have no memory of what actually happened until I woke up. My advice was to anyone that has neck pain that is unbearable, and I mean unbearable, or lower rear head headache, to immediately ask for a spinal tap. That is the ONLY way to detect it. I was lucky!!!!!! And that is putting it mildly!!!! After the death of the teacher, I just wanted everyone to know what to look for with this deadly bacteria.
mrfranly

United States

#7 Jan 5, 2010
Thank you. One of my children is 40. When in undergrad school.... college, a youngster in one of her classes presented with the same ailment. All students were treated 7 to 10 days as precautionary measures. That's why I asked.

Thank you for your comments. Do you still teach or are you fully retired?
Roast Beef

Winchester, TN

#8 Feb 17, 2011
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I only read this forum occasionaly, but I know that it a way to spread the word about spinal meningitis into a community that I love very much and I feel a need to do this.

I have been deeply touched by the death of this young teacher just starting out in life. There are two reasons for this, firstly, she was at South, and secondly, I had spinal meningitis at the age of 58 and I lived, although with some limitations.

I guess what I am trying to convey here is that there are two types of meningitis. There is viral and there is bacterial. This young teacher and I both had the bacterial, not the viral. The viral is easy to treat, the bacterial is very fast moving and very deadly. I was lucky in that the doctor in the emergercy room new immediatly to do a spinal tap. Cat scans, blood work, any other test will not detect it. PLEASE, if you have major, and I mean major, pain in your neck (where it hurts to move to the point of not being able to move), or a headache that persists for more than a few hours in the lower part of the back of your head and you feel you to need to go to the emergency room, INSIST they do a spinal tap.

I have no idea how I contracted it and I am sure that this young lady's family doesn't know how she did either.

Perhaps, at my old age this is why I was allowed to live, to save another life. Please pass this information on to your friends.

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