Thanks for accepting me into the group, and I myself am at the same place a lot of other people on the forums and the group seem to be at, asking the question about what can I expect recovery and time wise.
My story is that I have something called polycystic liver and kidney disease, about a month ago I had pain in my kidney, just a pain, but after 5 days it turned into a stabbing pain and a trip to A&E where they diagnosed a ruptured cyst, kept me in overnight and sent me home with a shedload of pain relief, all was ok until four days after when I woke up just feeling a little off, and gradually over the weekend went from a little unwell to a 4am 999 call as I was so weak and hot and feverish.
I was lucky apparently to get into the hospital when there was almost no other patients about, and the ambulance crew had already worked out that I had sepsis symptoms with their original tests, so less then half an hour after getting there I was on an antibiotic drip, which took over 5 days to get my temperature under control, peaking I think at 40.4 degrees, and after 6 days in i was discharged.
The consultant told me they had grown e.coli in my blood samples and this had gone on to be the cause of the sepsis, whether the ruptured cyst was already infected or not they weren't able to tell me, but what 3 doctors have all said is that I was fortunate to get seen as quickly as I was, and they a delay could have been incredibly serious.
My biggest concern as I said at the top of the page is my recovery, I only realised when the doctors told me exactly how serious my illness has been did it really sink home, I am only 50, but fit and mostly healthy, cycle to work daily, and do a manual physical job, but in my whole life I have never felt as bad as I do now, almost permanently tired, my body is aching, never slept so much, and even small steps, like a walk on the beach seem to knock me back when I hoped that they would make me feel better and maybe stronger.
In some respects maybe I am looking for some reassurances from other people who have been through what I am going through now, it's actually a little scary too feeling as I am feeling now, but reading through some of your stories has made me feel a lot better regarding what I can expect from myself.
Any comments or opinions would be gratefully received.