Just a couple of days ago I took the above picture as the team was celebrating the WNIT victory in Mackey Arena. Everything looked great for the team who was supposed to leave today for Mexico for the holidays. Apparently something took a turn for the worse in the last 24 hours. Drey Mingo who was on the all tournament team for the WNIT was struck with acute bacterial meningitis. I did not know what the disease was so I looked it up online at everydayhealth.com. Here is a brief summary of what I found:
“Each of us has a fluid-filled three-layered covering called the meninges surrounding our spinal cord and brain. When the meninges get infected, the condition is called meningitis.
Most often, meningitis is caused by a viral or bacterial infection. The two main germs that cause bacterial meningitisin the United States are streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis. Meningitis caused by streptococcus pneumoniae is called pneumococcal meningitis. When the infection is caused by Neisseria meningitidis, it is called meningococcal meningitis. (Staphylococcal meningitis is another type of bacterial meningitis.)
Damage From Meningitis
Because the meninges are an integral part of the nervous system’s structure, a bacterial infection can have devastating effects. Bacterial meningitis may cause or lead to:
- Blockage of the brain’s blood vessels leading to brain damage or stroke
- Loss of hearing
- Kidney disease
- Limb amputations
There may also be an association between meningococcal meningitis and kidney and adrenal gland failure, and shock.
It’s critical to detect and treat pneumococcal or meningococcal meningitis immediately to prevent their destructive effects. Bacterial meningitis is treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics may also be given to anyone who has been in close contact with a person with bacterial meningitis.
If you, or someone you know, experience two of the symptoms noted above, or if one of the symptoms occur suddenly or severely, get medical help right away.”
The full article can be found here. At times like these you just have to send out your well wishes, and keep her in your prayers. She has been upgraded from critical but stable to serious but stable condition in the hospital, but she has a long road ahead of her. My thoughts and prayers go out to Drey and her teammates during this difficult time. Anyone that has come into contact with Drey has been contacted to get their preventative shot. This includes all her teammates along with the past two teams Purdue has played (DePaul and South Dakota State). It is news like this that really makes you think right before a holiday weekend. I am by no means a doctor or even knowledgeable to know just what is going on. From what I have read though it looks as if Drey has a tough road ahead of her. Thank God they caught it when they did. The change in her condition is a good sign, but I think I will be checking back often to see if she improves even more.
Get well Drey! My thoughts and prayers are with you.