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Brian G

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Hi, I am brand new to this site. I have joined as I was both interested in others experiences and also to bring to light my personal battle, which may be important to others falling ill.

About three years ago I cut myself on a small shard of tile whilst helping my son fitting a kitchen, it bled heavily, but it was small and healed within a few days. Several weeks later, my wife and I were on holiday, walking in the middle of the Yorkshire dales when all of a sudden I became breathless and confused. I had to work desperately hard to get back to base and my condition worsened by the hour. 

Without knowing what was wrong, my wife and I drove back to Lincolnshire, where shortly after arrival I attended hospital A & E, by which time I was shaking, vomiting and unable to think straight. The staff recognised the indications and I was admitted and treated for sepsis. After several days I made a full recovery without complication. 

Had we known of the risk, in hind sight, I am sure we would have gone to the nearest hospital or even called and ambulance, but i was fortunate.

Recently on 11th September 2016 I woke in the night with stomach cramps and breathlessness, I was pouring with sweat and generally felt unwell. My wife, recognising the potential for sepsis called an ambulance and I was taken to hospital where I had a blood test and was released in the morning with a suspected virus?

48 Hours later, my condition had deteriorated, my left shoulder, ribs and stomach were agony, I was confused, had a temperature and was shaking, so we went back to A & E where I was admitted for tests. I had a saline attached for rehydration and generally was left in limbo until my wife demanded I be looked at for sepsis and other complications. The staff responded by treating me for sepsis and a potential pulmonary embolism, I had days of agony, loss of consciousness, temperatures over 40 degrees and bright red blood in my urine. 

After ten days I had improved enough to be released. I am an optimist and generally a fit strong chap, I am 58 years old. I have been home for less than a week, my knees and ankles are extremely painful, I struggle to walk and I am easily tired at this time, but I am determined to make improvements day by day, whilst following my bodies messages to take it easy too.

I have a message to spread from my experience, to be spread as wide as possible, by whatever means:

If you become unwell all of a sudden, experience pains, breathlessness and other symptoms, get help as soon as possible, don't wait for people to dither, either push it yourself or ask someone on your behalf, it could save you from permanent disability or death.

I am convinced that had my wife not kicked up a stink I may have been another statistic. 

Good luck to all who have survived this horrific illness, my condolences to those who have lost loved ones, may you all spread the word, because I will, even if it saves just one life. 

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Anne Mutlow from the UK Sepsis Trust has replied -

 

Hello Brian,

 

Thank you for telling us your story, -would you like us to put a full story on our website page? There is certainly a lesson there that others can learn from.

 

If you would like to talk to one of our support team about your recovery, do give us a call or email us and we will arrange for you to chat to one of the team, otherwise you seem to be doing the right things and listening to your body so keep it up

 

 

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Hello brian welcome to the forum, its important people are able to read these stories your right of course sometimes within the NHS we have to be our own best advocate,like you i was not in a position to do that prior to the ambulance arriving ,so that responsibility fell onto my partner,because i have a pre- existing condition she had taken detailed notes on my temp/fluid intake and how many and what time i had taken antibiotics,this was very helpfull when the doctor arrived.but this is only something we did because of my history.but speed is of the essence when dealing with sepsis so if in doubt get it checked out.

Really pleased to hear you are improving long may that continue.

 

kind regards red

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