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  1. Hi Nicole! I had a severe case off Sepsis several years ago and was hospitalized for 4 months (ouch!). I can honestly say that your energy levels will return, however, it will take time...it took me almost 2 years before I felt “up to par”. Please keep in mind that Sepsis is a major assault on your entire body. If you continue to worry or concern yourself on how long it will take for your energy levels to return, you are wasting what little energy you currently have by becoming mentally stressed out. I used to hate it when people would say, “Bob, give it time.” But, in the end, they were absolutely correct. Stop counting the days...just count your blessings. Many people do not survive Sepsis. My very best to you.
  2. Hello Phil! As with any severe illness, the recovery process can often present a new whole set of issues aside from the actual illness itself. When someone is in the “recovery” stage, your thinking process is .”O.K.....I’m out of the hospital and I should feel all better!”. But, as your friend clearly demonstrates, this is not always the case. Quite frankly, you become sick and tired of being sick and tired. I had a very severe case of Sepsis and spent 4 months in the hospital and I year in physical rehab. There was a point when i just wanted someone or something to come along and fix up the mess my body was in and I wanted it done NOW! I could sense my girlfriend was becoming a little impatient with my LACK of patience for myself. Finally, she looked at me with the utmost of compassion and said, “Deal with it!” I knew then, if I had any issues whatsoever, it was up to me to use what brains I had left to confront and resolve any problems I had with diligence and a little creativity. It actually made me feel more in control of my physical and mental self,which in turn, improved my overall outlook on how well I was improving. It was the best advice she could have ever given me! Granted, this approach may not work for everyone, but it worked for me. For pain I discovered ibruprophen worked best for me despite others prescribed by my Doctors. As far as eating was concerned, I was just happy enjoying any meal I could keep down. Initially, I got hooked on “baby food”, which was easy to digest and had some nutrient value. As far as mental stimulation is concerned, I purchased myself an iPad and quickly discovered the joys of shopping one line! It became a little expensive, but certainly did keep me occupied I hope what I have suggested helps in someway. Please update your post and let me know how well things are going. Bob
  3. Hi Rachel, Thank you for your reply....and yes.....I did make a complete recovery. If possible, could you please let me know how your partners recovery is going? I am here should you need to "ask" or "vent" anything. Bob
  4. Hi Rachel, My name is Bob and I live in Sacramento, California. First and foremost, you should be aware that Sepsis IS NOT a death sentence. It is, however, treatable and can be survived. I had a severe case of Sepsis years ago, and was hospitalized for over 4 months. My prognosis was grim, but I did recover. How your partner contracted Sepsis may never be known. Doctors suspected that mine was caused by a scrape on my knee, but no one can say for sure. I was treated with a variety of antibiotics but which specific one did the trick is undetermined. My organs did start to shut down and I lapsed into a coma for four days. But like a bad storm, the skies cleared and eventually I did get better. I know that this all may sound frightening to you, but I am merely trying to point out that even when things seem to be going downhill, recovery may be just around the corner. As you might have already guessed, Sepsis is innately a very tricky infection. Initially, it may disguise itself as something else until you realize that your symptoms are more than a bad case of the flu or something else. Apparently, it might not hit you all at once, hence, treatment may be delayed. Had I seen my Doctor when I first noticed some disturbing physical symptoms, my Sepsis may not have been so severe. At this point, it sounds like your partner is being well taken care of. But, be sure to take care of yourself also! The both of you, someway, somehow, will be a source of strength for each other in this battle. Believe me. I know. Bob
  5. Good morning Lou, My name is Bob and I live in Sacramento, California. It has been 8 years since my 5 month hospitalization with Sepsis. I would like to address some of your concerns. Please note much of what I have been told have been from a very fine team of Doctors that helped me during and after my hospitalization. I can empathize with your many of your overall physical issues. For example; leg pain and weakness. I still suffer from that almost daily. The Doctors explained to me that Sepsis often causes muscle and nerve damage. Toxic inflammation from Sepsis can literally effect just about ever organ in your body, and muscle and nerve tissue are just as vulnerable. Will it EVER get better? Quite simply, no one really knows. As I was never expected to walk again, I can hardly find room to complain. As far as your "tired" and "weak" symptoms are concerned, suffice to say that is the result of the Sepsis "assault" on your body. You are STILL recovering and only time will tell when and if you will feel 100% again. It took me about 3 years to finally feeling back to where I thought I should be. I know that seems like a long time, but it beats the alternative. Above all, be patient with yourself. Things do get better.......just maybe not the way you had hoped for. To help with possible depression, my doctor prescribed for me a drug called CELEXA. I have take it everyday since my release from the hospital. It does help with the "what if's" and my general overall mood. It does not make me drowsy, or feel "high", in fact, I don't notice any physical sysmptoms at all. It does, however, seem to help as a coping mechanism. I hope you have found this information somewhat helpful. I wish you all the best. Bob
  6. Hi Dave! It has been 7 years since my encounter with SEPSIS. After 4 months in the hospital and 3 months of physical rehab,I can honestly tell you IT DOES GET BETTER! I can remember when making my bed was the "project" of the day, and after that, time for one of my many daily naps. Currently, the only side effect that still lingers is occasional leg and foot pain. A couple of over the counter pain pills usually takes care of that. The main key for YOU at this conjecture is to be PATIENT with yourself. You body has been to hell and back and will need time to heal.It is important that you realize your limitations now will only improve from here on end. Now, go ahead and take that well deserved nap Bob L.
  7. Hi Mark! I think you pose a great question and I hope my reply helps. As with anything, knowledge is power, and as far as SEPSIS is concerned,it is it's worst enemy. I contracted SEPSIS through a simple scrape on my knee. Had I taken better care of it, chances are I would have never ended up in the hospital for 4 months. But at the time, I had never heard of SEPSIS, let alone the the horrible consequences of having it. Yes, there are circumstances which we have no control over, BUT, if you have already had SEPSIS, then you have the upper hand on prevention and symptoms of possible infection.I feel much more empowered now that I can recognize the "enemy" before it strikes. Of course, there are no lifetime guarantees of not ever contracting SEPSIS again, but at least I know what to look for and what to avoid. Best to you, Bob
  8. Hi Rww! In response to when I "plateaued' in my recovery, I quite frankly don't think I have yet. But overall, it took about a good 2 years before I felt physically and mentally put back together. Because I went into cardiac arrest during my Sepsis ordeal, I did have some brain damage which caused a whole new set of problems. HOWEVER, after 4 months of physical/speech therapy, I am back to about 99.9%!! I truly wish I could tell you that all of your aches and pains will eventually go away....BUT....who is to say they won't? Initially the ICU doctors told my girlfriend I probably would never walk, talk, or even see again! Why I made such a remarkable recovery has still baffled my doctors! So, in the long run, this is all so unpredictable. I can tell you for sure, none of my aches and pains have worsened.And, in many respects, have lessened. But will it ever go away completely.....I just simply don't know. Now what?! "Baby" yourself when you need to. Challenge yourself when you get the urge! Pat yourself on the back for no reason at all. And, most importantly, DO NOT compare yourself to other Sepsis survivors. Your recovery will be unique to just you! (Kind of exciting in a way:) Boob
  9. Hi Rww! First of all, I am glad to hear you "survived" the Sepsis ordeal. This infection takes more lives than most people are aware of. Now....to your legs and the pain and aches. I had Sepsis about 6 years ago and was hospitalized for 4 months.....(the food did get better:) Other than my sense of balance, the only other problem I continue to have, is yes, you guessed it, my legs. The pain can be acute or dull. It sometimes radiates throughout or is localized. Pretty much everything you described. After consulting with SEVERAL doctors who really know their stuff, this is what I have learned about the leg pain issue: *Sepsis can ravage the body. Leg muscles and nerves can be damaged as a result of the infection. This CAN be permanent, but not always. *The pain can be constant or come and go seemingly without any particular reason or pattern. *Excercising may or may not increase or decrease the pain. *As far as how long this pain will continue is uncertain.....it may eventually go away, get a little better, or stay the same. It varies from person to person. *Anti-inflammatories can help to temporarily relieve the pain/discomfort. ......and there you have it. My leg pain HAS gotten much better, but there are days when a walk of about 2 blocks is all I can take. Interestingly enough, swimming does not bother my legs at all! Whether I am kicking or jumping in the water....no pain whatsoever! At this point, I would strongly suggest you just keep a positive attitude and don't look back. It can only get better! Bob (Sacramento, California)
  10. Hi Lyndseyann! I hope what I am going to share with you helps in your sepsis recovery. I am going to "outline" some of what I went through and what YOU might expect: *I had Sepsis (bacterial infection from a knee scrape) *In hospital for 5 months *First 3 weeks in coma *Cardiac arrest 2X...some brain damage affecting walking and balance *3 months of physical therapy Now, 4 years later, I have evolved into a more positive person. Yes, my legs continue to ache. I walk sometimes like I have had "one too many". The hallucinations I had continue to haunt me. BUT...I see, feel, hear and touch life so differently now. I realize no one can understand what I really went through unless they have had a similar experience. I accept their mis-conceptions as simply a lack of having "been there...done that." We were both given a second chance, with some painful strings attached. A small price to pay for another opportunity to celebrate our small miracle! Hope this helps. Bob
  11. Hi Clare, Very often people who do not WHAT Sepsis is, also fail to understand the long term effects of it. I had Sepsis 5 years ago and still walk as if I have had "one too many!". Friends and even family mistakenly view Sepsis as a period of severe illness that you eventually "get over". But as you know, that is indeed not the case. This, of course, leads others to believe you are starving for attention and sympathy, and assume you are emotionally weak and insecure. At this point in my life, I'm just happy to be alive and the unwarranted comments from others just go into my "ho hum" box. It will get better. Bob
  12. Hi Billy! I had a 4 month hospital stay with SEPSIS 5 years ago, and I was not left with knee pain, but overall leg pain. From what my Doctors have told me, this is probably caused by muscle inflammation due to the SEPSIS, and may or may not improve. Ironically, it occurs only when walking or standing, but never while swimming or doing "leg excercises". As you probably know, SEPSIS can ravage the body, and the fact that we both survived, is indeed a miracle. I guess the pain is just a uncomfortable reminder of how lucky we are! Bob
  13. Hi Sam, I am a sepsis survivor, and do understand and know what you are going through. One way to look at how you are reacting to this sudden illness is, quite frankly, your body is "grieving" both physically and mentally. During my own personal recovery, I experienced what you have described. It will take awhile for you to fully process what actually happened during your unexpected illness, and all of the physical and mental symptoms associated with this "sudden trauma". From what you have written, you sound like you are on your way to a good recovery, despite the tears and fears. Ironically, these uncomfortable "feelings" are all part of the healing process. Just remember.....you ARE a survivor....not many sepsis victims are. I hope I have helped. Bob
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    Leg Pain

    Hi Allison! I happend to come across your post of "leg pain" and I hope the following will help: It has been about 4 years since my battle with Sepsis. To be brief, i was hospitalized for 4 months, flat lined, coma, the whole gamut. Once released from the hospital, I had severe leg pain which I thought would improve once i was able to start walkimg again.....and it did, but not completely. I was fairly active prior to my illness and leg pain was never a problem. I can swim, do "leg lifts" with no pain, but walking any distance is another thing! Doctors i have been to ( all of them wonderful ) cannot find any obvious cause. I am led to believe that this is just a "side effect" of the ravages of Sepsis as well as muscle/nerve damage during the course of the disease and treatment. Some days are better than others as far as pain intensity. But, considering I was given "Last Rites" while in the ICU, I now look at the leg pain as a reminder of how fortunate I am to be alive! My best to you and keep the smile!
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