My son had Encephalitis when he was 10 years old. It was a traumatic and frightening time with a prolonged recovery. I don't think any of us will ever be the same again.
Since then he has had significant learning difficulties, his IQ is now in the Intellectually Impaired range. Physically he is much stronger now though and is walking and talking, though processing remains an issue so it often takes him longer to get his words out.
He is 15 now and the biggest issue as he has reached his teenage years has been copying with his anger. He gets angry over the smallest things and this quickly turns into a rage. He is very tall and very strong and when he gets into a rage like this he has no control. He has hurt my husband many times, pulled a knife on him and smashed holes in walls. We know that it's not the normal him and once the episode passes he returns to my beautiful passive boy. It is just so sad.
His friends walked away from him because they can't deal with the ups and downs of his brain. The school get frustrated with him because he isn't the same each day.
Sometimes he seems to just be in a world of his own. He has no concept of time, so he misses deadlines and appointments and assignments are never completed on time. He appears lazy to everyone, but he genuinely forgets what he's meant to be doing and his concentration span is so short that it makes it near impossible some days.
He has had reactions to most medications that could possibly help him with medication so it is best to leave him unmedicated, but it doesn't help him trying to get through his daily tasks.
For the most part we look at him in awe of all that he has achieved to get to the point he is at now. He works part time in a theatre where they understand him and work around his issues. We are proud of the person he has become, but it just makes me sad that all these years on and he is still battling the effects of this dreadful illness.