I've come across this forum so I am hoping someone here can give me some advice or just listen as I feel like I am losing my mind?!
I contracted Sepsis during the birth of my first baby in September 2017. I was Group B Strep positive and knew this at the time however my local hospital did not act on this and I was left 24+ hours with leaking waters not progressing to labour. I was found in my hospital bed the morning following my admission semi-conscious with tachycardia, high temperature, etc and it was determined I had Sepsis. I was treated very quickly IV antibiotics, fluids, oxygen, had numerous blood tests and swabs taken and was looked after by a team of doctors and midwives. I thankfully improved a little and was able to give birth however my daughter was born with GBS infection and Sepsis. Thankfully she made a full recovery with no lasting effects. We spent a week in hospital on IV antibiotics and I continued antibiotic treatment at home for a further week. Healthcare staff did not really tell me what was wrong with me or what was going on and I had to learn myself from reading my notes on release from hospital. It scared the life out of me and feel there was negligence which I'm currently addressing with my local NHS Trust.
I somehow got through the first 6 months of my daughter being born I completely focused on her and tried to forget about our ordeal as I didn't want to ruin that precious time. Of course it hit me 6 months later I was a complete wreck needed counselling and was diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety as a result of what we'd been through.
Since the Sepsis I have been so tired and lethargic, dizzy/light headed, headaches, feeling generally run down, brittle hair and nails, dry itchy skin, random joint and muscle pains. I have PTSD and anxiety with flashbacks, nightmares and insomnia. I never suffered with my mental health before. I was an extremely happy positive person with so much to look forward to and I understand I still do and count myself very lucky that things did not turn out worse. I don't feel depressed however I know I am suffering from anxiety over silly things. I am worried about going to my GP about this because I don't feel they will understand. I've had bloods taken and my blood pressure monitored to rule out any issues that may be causing some of my symptoms. I know tiredness comes with being a new mother but she is now nearly 18 months old is a very settled child and has slept 12 hours through the night since she was 7 weeks. I came across this website whilst google searching and feel I may be suffering from Post Sepsis Syndrome? I feel like no one will understand when I try to explain how I'm feeling and I don't want to come across as a drama queen. I didn't spend any time in ICU. I was in the right place when I contracted Sepsis and I was treated very quickly so I'm not sure if this rules me out for PSS?
If you've managed to read this thank you!