Elkhart elementary principal survives fungal meningitis

An Elkhart elementary princiapl says his faith is what kept him strong during a fungal meningitis health scare.

"I have a deep faith in god. And just even that morning felt that things would be ok. I knew it would be a tough road, but I knew it was going to okay," says Josh Nice, principal at Mary Daly Elementary.

Nice received two tainted injections for back problems in August and September for back problems. But 3 weeks after the shots, OSMC in Elkhart called Nice to warn him to look out for symptoms that could be fungal meningitis

"They told me to be aware of a headache, backache, fever chills, things like that. Those symptoms were really, really minor Friday and Saturday. But Sunday, when I got up for my morning run it was really obvious there was something wrong," says Nice.

He says family support helped him through 11 days of complications at Elkhart General Hospital. "My wife was with me the whole time. My parents took the kids. My brother helped out a lot, and her brothers, and another one of my brothers from out of state all came in to take care of the kids."

And a faculty of dedicated staff kept things at Mary Daly Elementary running smoothly in his absence. "The staff did a tremendous job making sure the ship was still going and made sure everything was going in the right direction. We sent cards, and a sunshine box. We made sure he knew we were there for him. i stopped by the hospital a couple of times," said Nice's co-worker and the academic dean at Daly.
"We knew he was strong we knew he had God on his side and we knew one way or another he was going to fight through this and he did."

And regardless of complications, Nice says he isn't resentful. "It would be easy to go there, really easy to go there and be angry," says Nice. "But honestly from the beginning my focus has been to get healthy and be with my family and school and church. And i guess god has given me the grace not to feel that. i just want to move on."

Nice says he is recovering well so far, and the only issue is drowsiness because of the medication. So it will still take time for him to be back to full strength. Nice is back at school fulfilling his principal duties.


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