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Posted by philly on 29 March 2016 - 07:21 pm
yes totally normal. make sure you talk to the people you trust. sepsis is life changing. your priorities will change (for the better). write down your experience- I found that helped too. you might find you have PTSD... you might at some point need to speak to your GP about counseling... it all helps. stay strong
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What is sepsis?
Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognized early and treated promptly.
Sepsis is caused by the way the body responds to germs, such as bacteria, getting into your body. The infection may have started anywhere in a sufferer’s body, and may be only in one part of the body or it may be widespread. Sepsis can occur following chest or water infections, problems in the abdomen like burst ulcers, or simple skin injuries like cuts and bites.
Sepsis can be caused by a huge variety of different bugs, most cases being caused by common bacteria which we all come into contact with every day without them making us ill. Sometimes, though, the body responds abnormally to these infections, and causes sepsis.
Different types of sepsis
Many people can have ‘mild’ sepsis which can make them feel ill but doesn’t require treatment in hospital. Mild sepsis can result from chest infections, urine infections and other minor illnesses.
However, other patients develop severe sepsis, which means they become seriously ill and need hospital treatment straight away.
How would I know if I had sepsis?
If you or a loved one had a suspected infection, or certain risk factors like being very young or old, diabetic, pregnant or on long-term steroids, then you would need to know what to look for. Early signs of a ‘flu-like illness, chest infection, diarrhoea and vomiting or inability to eat and drink, together with one of the symptoms of sepsis should be taken seriously. Our Symptom Checker card gives a list of 6 symptoms to look out for.
Why does sepsis matter?
Sepsis is one of our biggest killers! Shocking, since so few people are aware of it, but sepsis claims 37,000 lives every year in the UK and costs the NHS £2.5 billion a year. In comparison, breast cancer claims less than 8,000 lives a year. By helping us to ensure the reliable delivery of basic sepsis care (the ‘Sepsis Six’), you can help us to save 12,500 lives every year and reduce costs by an estimated £160 million.
Posted by Balley77 on 05 September 2014 - 07:19 pm
I am so sorry to hear what you went through Terry. It is frightening how quickly Sepsis strikes, and there is such a small window of opportunity to treat it. If that window is missed or overlooked, it has devastating outcomes.
Things are obviously still ongoing with you at the moment, and still very raw.
I am sure you know that we are all with you on this one, and if there is anything we can do, please just ask or PM.
Posted by red squirrel on 19 February 2017 - 01:57 pm
Members have recently posted about how they can and do raise awareness within the NHS regarding sepsis.this is for anyone who would wish to do the same but are unsure about how to make a start.You dont have to be a patient/survivor to do this, although patients are encouraged.
In the first instance you can sign up to your local hospital news letter either by post or email this will inform you of any new initiatives taking place and how you may help.
Most hospitals now have a dedicated patient and public involvement department and in some cases can be contacted directly.where you could help in areas such as.....
Become a patient leader
Take part in projects and initiatives
Joining the register of readers to review patient information leaflets
Take part in decisions that affect how services operate
Join a patient- led assessment team
How to plan and provide services
Help junior and interns become more patient aware
take part in how to develop and change the way they provide services
Become a secret shopper for the hospital.
there are others also but they vary by region and they are not all sepsis- related
iv done some of these myself and have found them on the whole to be immensely rewarding,
Recovering patients may find some of these activities a little tiring as some may involve a whole day visiting wards, form filling and travel so pace yourself.some hospitals can arrange travel in certain circumstances also.
Posted by MarkDUK on 01 October 2016 - 10:49 am
Thank you for sharing your story.
I also was diagnosed with sepsis and post hospital with PTSD.
Both cognitively and physically sepsis has meant I am no longer able to do things I could before. In the early months/years I measured myself against my pre sepsis self and this would lead to lack of confidence and upset. It is my opinion that until you are able to accept 'being different' you will not move on and like your new self.
Cognitively I am hopeless at multi tasking (then again I am a man!) and get quite disorientated when tasked in this way. Furthermore my listening skills have suffered. It's difficult to explain but it is though I have to tell my brain to listen rather than doing this automatically.
Dealing with this - as I've said once you accept you will unlikely return to the person you was (maybe not a bad thing) it will be difficult to appreciate the person you are. Look for positives in the new you that are important in your job. For me I have more compassion that has led to improved work relationships and improved performance from those around me. Because I have to tell myself to listen I am surprisingly a better listener. I celebrate the ability to listen and in doing so find myself listening far more now. Now I am better at delegating tasks, due mainly to not having the energy to now do them myself. Delegation leads to improved job satisfaction to those around you and improves their potential to your organisation.
Tiredness often described on this forum as exhaustion is very common with sepsis survivors. For most it does get better and for the majority of the rest they accept it and either just listen to their body and rest when it tells them or in my case try to not have extremes. Extremes in that I don't push it when feeling ok and then I find I don't have as many 'exhaustion' episodes.
You are doing really well. It's brilliant to hear of the medics in NZ and your company's appreciation of your skillset in accepting a shorter working week. Please be kinder to yourself as you've been through I very scarey period and your body has taken a real beating. Measure yourself against post sepsis and I'm sure you will see how far you have come. A diary often helps others. Note any advancements you make, things that have made you smile and your concerns. Looking back in your diary will confirm you are making good progress.
All the very best,
Posted by red squirrel on 11 September 2016 - 12:18 am
hi mark,having a mandatory sepsis protocol would be a great step forward,there are already existing protocols on other conditions,to enact another for such a serious condition would save many more lives (and money too),even including information on sepsis with discharge notes could i believe have an immediate effect on some patient outcomes,a part of this issue is patient re-admissions,its quite hard to find decent stats on numbers and when you do its full of caveats,but its a growing problem ,According to the NICE website about 350k patients are re admitted within 30 days of discharge,but this info is then filtered down into various subgroups with no number regarding sepsis, even these numbers change when a hospital is part of a larger trust,but this is known problem and hospitals are fined for patient re-admission,but its not really a fine as such they are instead not paid for whatever treatment is required on re-admission,I think people could be saved at the front door when they arrive with some basic tests and at the back when they are discharged with some basic information.
You have mentioned bureaucracy and whilst mindful that this may be going of topic i must mention my great water dispenser battle,back in 2012 whilst attending a pre-op i wanted some water but is was broken with an old bit of cardboard explaining that,i asked a nurse she said oh yes we know about that,2013 same...with same bit of cardboard,this was depressing so i photographed it and reported it to PALS, fast forward 2014 same bit of cardboard,still broken,my hospital now runs patient led assessment teams ,who go in and with others advise where the hospital they could improve service to patients,so i joined,unfortunately my team did not assess the pre-op part of the hospital but we went to other wards and departments,and in one of these departments there was a broken water dispenser with a sign,i asked the nurse how long it had been like that and she said before i moved here two years ago and she had reported it also,
Trying to effect any kind of change with the nhs is difficult even for those on the inside....other issues were also noted and hopefully acted on.but its a slow process
Reading these posts has reminded me to do what i can to get the message out there,so i will take some leaflets with me to the doctors next week and to the hospital in october and see what kind of response i get.
i missed the WSC16 is there somewhere on youtube i might find it?
kind regards red
Posted by philman on 30 May 2016 - 02:20 pm
Just a quick post to reassure you that you are firstly, you are doing great - well done for battling on and getting back to work (although it sounds, like many here, you are finding you need to not over-do it!!), and secondly, yes you are going through the same draining fatigue among many other other symptoms that many of us are learning to live with and it seems to be normal for us survivors. Hang in there!! I am about 2.5 years out from Sepsis. I work 3 days a week as a music therapist and 2 days from home on my own business as a graphic designer, and to be honest the 2 days at home since sepsis have been rest days really and my business has suffered. However 2.5 years has seen some improvements, the fatigue can still really smash me, but it happens less often. I have learnt and am still learning to pace myself more (very frustrating!!). Still get leg pains etc and various other pains in my body. Still vitamin d deficient since sepsis. Have found that making sure I drink enough water daily does help. Used to be very fit prior to sepsis, and am frustrated that I have put on some weight over these 2.5 years as I can't (or am too afraid) to exercise like I used to. I would love to get running again, but fear that I may need time of work if i try!! One day - hopefully!! Anyhow, things are improving - but it is a slow process - be kind to yourself. If you have read any of my posts you may have seen that is took me a whole year before I had the energy to walk my kids to school - about a 10 min walk. Now I have no trouble with this :-) Like you are finding, there is very little support for us survivors, this forum is great, and a couple of facebook ones are good too, the NHS don't seem to have many answers and just put most of it down to chronic fatigue or post infection fatigue and say "there is no magic pill". I hope to get along to one of the UK sepsis trust support groups soon as i think it would be good to meet with others who understand what we are struggling with etc. But please remain positive - I hope this post doesnt come across as negative, yes I still struggle with health - but it is improving as the years pass. Stay hopeful, look after yourself, all the best...
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Posted by Balley77 on 01 June 2014 - 11:32 am
I lost my Mum to Sepsis in December 2013 (tribute is on the main sepsis site, in the Personal Stories tribute area, called 'Meryam'). As anyone who has been there will know, there is no instruction manual on how you should be, how you should react, when you should go back to work etc... Everybody is different.
For me, the support I had from Ron and Terence (Wales Sepsis trustee) by e-mails, in the aftermath of my bereavement, was such a comfort.
It is six months this week since my mum died, and to be honest it has gone by in a total blur. My sister and I have mainly been focussing on my Dad (they had been married for 42 years). We haven't really been looking after ourselves. Last week was particularly hard as my parents shared the same birthday too, so the day was a real struggle for everyone. No doubt the remainder of this year will be the same, with lots of 'firsts'.
As a family, we have thrown ourselves into fundraising for UK Sepsis Trust. It has been the focus we all needed to carry on. Our first event is next week and is a sell out.
I am not sure we will ever come to terms with what has happened, but you start to adapt. It is still the first thing I think about when I wake up, and always the last thing I think about when I drift off to sleep.
If anyone else would like to keep in touch, or I can offer any advice, then feel free to get in touch with me. My e-mail address is:
Posted by philman on 10 November 2015 - 09:08 pm
Thanks for your post! Welcome to the UK Sepsis Trust forum. I have found this forum and a few facebook groups helpful on my journey post sepsis. I am 2 years out now - and yes I know you don't want to read this, but I am still struggling unfortunately. Similar to yourself, I have been told that I survived because I was a very fit and healthy bloke. I remember reading these posts saying at least 18 months to 2 years before you feel anywhere near better and thinking - no not me, I am young and fit and will get better much quicker! But, it seems that it is a slow recovery after all. Frustrating to say the least!! On the positive side though - I do have many more 'good' days now where I feel like I have energy and almost 'normal'. But I do find that just when I think I have cracked it and maybe I am better, then I will have a run of bad days feeling naff. I think a lot of it is to do with how much rest you give yourself - rather than try to carry on like nothing happened! I am struggling at the moment due to lack of sleep I think as we now have our 3rd child who is 7 months old but has some bowel issues due to being 6 weeks early - so sleep deprivation is taking it's toll on my already weakened body. So, my advice is to stay positive - look after yourself and be kind to your body, don't overdo things - you will get better than you are feeling now for sure!! When I think back to how ill I was in the months following sepsis, I realise I have come a long way :-) Keep safe...
Posted by philman on 25 June 2015 - 08:50 pm
Hi Michelle, if you have a search through the forum you will see my story. I too didn't end up in ICU... well I was never even admitted - just sent home with oral antibiotics!! Since then I have been told by a couple of medical professionals that I am lucky I didn't die at home and it is only because I was a very fit and healthy chap that I survived. Sepsis, as I have found and am still finding wreeks havok with your body!! During the weeks that followed me ending up at A&E (ER) I have never been so ill in my life - I couldn't walk for about 6 weeks (my legs felt like they were not attached), excruciating pains all over my body etc too... my chest hair turned grey within the space of a week!! The sepsis effected my Pancreas, so I had pancreatitis which was like having someone stabbing me inside my chest, and also and inflamed appendix!! Probably more things too - but just to say life does improve - but at a frustratingly slow pace unfortunately. This November it will be 2 years from when I got sepsis, and I am still not 100%. My vitamin D is low so I have recently been prescribed Vit D and Calcium tabs from the dr, I still have all manner of aches and pains (i find stretching helps), still get fatigued, wierd flushed feelings... I could go on. It took me a whole year before I had the energy to walk my kids to school - this was really hard to take and frustrating as before sepsis I used to jog every night with the dog and was very fit doing other sports etc. I know this probably isn't what you want to hear - and hopefully recovery will be quicker for you, but I remember being in your position weeks after sepsis reading forums thinking 'surely it won't take me that long to get better'... it seems I was wrong. Unfortunately the NHS and it seems other health services around the world don't fully realise the after effects of having sepsis and what a tough and long process recovery really is. I to am 38. I have and wife and 3 young boys, and I always remind myself when feeling naff that I need to be greatful that I am still here for them. I long for the day when I feel full of energy and well, I hope you find that place soon too. All the best, stay positive, look after yourself, and keep in touch with us on the forum. Cheers, Phil.
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 05 September 2014 - 08:33 am
I am so sorry to hear about your great loss. This is really bad. The hospitals struggle to detect sepsis it seems. I am a sepsis survivor, I had sepsis in April this year, mine started as a viral infection, then within 2 weeks had turned in to double pneumonia and sepsis, the hospital A & E Department, failed to recognise I had sepsis and released me after 1 hour, I was told my the A & E Doctor to stop worrying and just relax, she failed to spot my prurple rash on my face which I pointed out to her, my heart rate was up, my blood pressure low, I had all the signs of sepsis on that day I went to A & E, I could not stand up, this was on the Friday day, they performed an X ray, which she told me was clear, gave me anti bitoics and sent me home. It turned out I had pneumonia on the Friday and sepsis, I went home I was severely tired, no appetite at all, not really drinking as such apart from taking medication. I was vomitting bile.
Consequently, the next day on Saturday by lunchtime I couldnt walk I was in a deep sleep, not drinking, severly dehydrated, my mother was over that day and called an ambulance as I became unresponsive completely, couldnt move, Paramedic came, he spotted sepsis immediately, which the doctor failed to recognise the previous day, my heart rate was very high, I was tachycardic, could have arrested at any time apparently, he couldnt get an IV line in, my blood had started to coagulate in arms, they rushed me into resus, where doctors were waiting for me, within 20 minutes they had an IV line in my arm, bloods were taken straight away for cultures, an x ray was performed straight away and revealed I had severe pneumonia, the doctors were talking and saying that I should not have been released the day before and was very lucky to respond to the anti bitoics, I was on a heart monitor all night and blood pressure was very low, but monitored every half an hour, I was placed in an acute ward and constantly monitored. My body like your son's was very swollen all over, severe rash,temperasture of 104 degrees, struggling to breathe etc.
I was in hospital for 4 days, then released with a lot of antibiotics. To cut a long story short. I did lodge a complaint against the hospital and the doctor that treated me. I have had my complaints meeting with hospital Consultants and clinical director in July this year, I went into the meeting armed with research from British Medical Journal, to which they could not argue with, I can honestly say, that the Consultant over A & E and clinical director admitted I had sepsis on the Friday when released home, they also stated that I was very lucky to be alive the following day, they admitted negligence in front of my son & myself, which was a victory to me. I have since had all of this in writing from the hospital and signed by chief executive of the hospital.
Since my case had been discussed at the hospital big meetings they have with all departments, they have now rolled out training now across the hospital with all departments raising awareness of sepsis and used me as their case study, I have had apologies from Consultants in person and stated they had failed me. It is not very often that hospitals admit in person and in writing that they were wrong. I now have lung problems now in my right lung and my lung has collapsed and struggle to breathe and get very out of breathe now, compromising my health now, but I am alive and very grateful but feel anger also as I was a very healthy 45 year old.
Also, the Doctor who treated my and failed to diagnose sepsis, turns out to be Romanian,I asked the Consultants where she had done her medical training and it was in Romania not in the UK which I am not a predujiced person, however the hospital have now sent her for re training over at University Hospital in a large City, which I will not name for libel or legal reasons or even state which hospital this was at, apart from it was in the West Midlands area.
My advice would be question, question, question, the hospitals as to why this was not detected earlier as you need those answers otherwise you will not heal emotionally until you have those answers, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time and your family and you will get a lot of help and support on this site from survivors but also from people who have lost love ones, I read a post the other night on here about a little girl who died, when I read it I was in tears they would not stop and I have tears in my eyes from your story too.. But ultimately, there needs to be more awareness of this silent killer and I will do what I can to raise this awareness. Feel free to contact me if you need any more advice. Take care.
Posted by Larry on 02 August 2017 - 08:49 am
If you are a Sepsis Survivor the UK Sepsis Trust would like to ask for your help. We have created a survey asking about your experiences following sepsis. This is for UK survivors only. The purpose of the survey is to provide us with information on what has been happening to you since you left hospital. The survey is anonymous and no personal details or IP addresses that may identify you are collected. It will take you about 12 mins to complete the survey, please select the link below if you would like to take part.
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