Sweet, interesting and frightening bits about the Purdue forward’s case comes to light in this piece:
Coach Sharon Versyp, whose team was scheduled to play in Cancun, Mexico, before canceling the trip, talked to Mingo in the hospital briefly before coming to Mackey Arena.
“When I saw her last, she said ‘Coach V’ and smiled,” Versyp said. “I wrote something down for her that said, ‘Together We Attack. Everyone is here for you.’ And she gave a thumbs up and said ‘Yes.’ … She knows that everyone’s around.
“She’s a very strong, tough woman. She’s the one who has pretty much proven to our team how strong she is and we’re just right there with her and she knows we’re right there with her. That’s what’s going to see her through.”
Mingo, who scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds in Purdue’s WNIT championship win Sunday afternoon, is being kept largely sedated to allow antibiotics to try to help her fight off the bacteria. Acute bacterial meningitis, which is inflammation of the lining around the central nervous system and spinal cord, is extremely rare. It’s characterized by a particularly quick development of symptoms, such as fever, severe headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting, along with mental status changes, like lethargy, fatigue, confusion, inability to answer questions and not knowing who or where they are.
Team physician Alayne Sundstrom says doctors are treating the suspected bacteria, but they won’t know if it’s the right one until Thursday evening or Friday morning.
One of my kids was injured this morning in her college practice. Illnesses and injuries to athletes serve as reminders of just how precious life is and how it can all change in an instant. If you believe in positive thoughts, I hope you’ll send some to Wingo and all the other injured and ill athletes out there. Every little bit helps.