Monday, 6 April 2009


I've met one neurologist and two doctors since my episode and the very mention of encephalitis made them give me this smile and said I was lucky.

Maybe I am, but I am grateful to Allah for 'extending' my life, and for the prayers/wishes by my families and friends/colleagues of different faiths. 

To date, I have done MRI (results not out yet) but there is nothing else that the doctor could recommend, as they say it would be intrusive to my system. My main worry is recurrence of the encephalitis, but I was quite relieved having read the following:

A common concern following encephalitis is an apparent return of symptoms. Recurrence of encephalitis is extremely rare and the most likely cause is an overload of repaired neural networks. These repaired networks may work fine under optimal conditions but under stress they can fail. “Stress” may be physical stress such as tiredness or too much physical exertion; emotional stress such as a row within the family or moving house; or it can be as a result of fighting an infection. If stress is unavoidable consider some of the complementary therapies or a change of lifestyle. - taken from:

As it stated, I need to ensure that I do not expose myself to stress - something I have been managing well so far (except for screaming kids and throat infection last week). So far so good. Alhamdulillah. 

Till my next update with the MRI result, take care and be happy and safe.

Gembo @ Azmi


Shopaholic Mama said...

I didnt know stress is a factor in encaphalitis. All along I thought only catching a virus is the main cause.

But Alhamdullilah, you are recovering now. Maybe we all have to take things easy.

Paulaland said...

I have been following your progress over those weeks. recovered and slowly back to normal routine.

Gembo said...

Ka Ann
Apparently it is for the encephalitis to happen again. The initial cause is of course infection of the virus. Yes, I should take things easy, still working from home at the moment.

Thanks for your concern - Alhamdulillah, one step at a time. Its been 6 weeks now, but I still tire easily hence opting to work from home.

Salam All