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Published: July 03

I'm still fighting it. I was in the hospital for four days on Levaquin antibiotics through an IV. When I got out was on the same antibiotic in a pill form for a week. I got out on a Friday and tried to go to work on the following Monday. I didn't make it, though. I'm still running a fever and taking antibiotics.

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 21

My 46-year-old husband became septic while still at the hospital after having surgery to have his colostomy taken down and colon reattached. One morning he got the chills, started shaking uncontrollably and had a fever of 106.1. His blood pressure was extremely low also. Luckily the doctors surmised that he had a staph infection in his blood (caused by the main line in his jugular vein which they immediately removed) and started treating him on antibiotics and with a cooling blanket. Thankfully he recovered. The doctor's quick thinking saved my husband's life.

Comment from: JIH, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 08

I had a kidney transplant in 2003 and since then I have had seven sepsis events. All ended with hospitalization. They have not found a source for any of the events. I always have about five doctors and big money tests, but no explanation of the cause.

Comment from: Ken G., 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 16

My wife had previous kidney stones a year apart, then skipped a year. On Mother's day she had severe pain in her lower left back and I took her to the ER. She had a 9mm stone blocking her left kidney and an 8mm stone blocking her right kidney. The urine backed up and infected her bloodstream, and her blood pressure dropped. She was admitted to ICU and is on a whole plethora of medications Her limbs, face, lips, etc. have swollen immensely. She was asked to sign an authorization for a total blood transfusion if the antibiotics fail.

Comment from: sandy, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 01

My daughter, age 41, died from sepsis. She came home from work early on Thursday, and became confused about 6pm on Fri. EMTs took her to the ER at 6:30. She never was conscious. Then her brain activity ceased, and her kidneys and liver failed. She thought she had a virus that was going around.

Comment from: santoku, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 27

After undergoing a serious operation for a strangulation hernia, it turned into something worse. For reason's I won't go into, I had three feet of my small intestine removed, because of a bleeding issue. After spending three months in the hospital, I was admitted to a rehab facility. At this time, I still had an open wound on my stomach, which was healing by itself. After a month or so, one of the nurses found me unconscious in the bathroom. I found out later, when I woke up in ICU, that I had septic shock. I was later told by the doctor I almost didn't make it.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I was 34 years old when I developed sepsis from a kidney stone blocking my ureter. When my oldest son took me to the ER, he thought I was dead. I had a temp of 107.00, extremely low bp, a pulse in the 160s and the amount of oxygen in my blood was only 88%. They gave me IV fluids, vasopressers, started antibiotics and put me on a ventilator because I was barely breathing.

Comment from: chilly in florida, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

In January I had a double operation for a hysterectomy for uterine cancer and hernia repair for a double hernia. They had to do the hernia repair to get to the uterus. Two days after the surgery, while still in the hospital recovering, 3 black spots appeared on my stomach and began to spread. I was released a week later, with much more of my stomach turning black. The doctor's wanted to see if the infection would heal and were also setting me up to see a plastic surgeon to remove the gangrene. Two weeks after being released when I went for a follow up with my gynecologist, he immediately had me go to the ER. My stomach was more than 50 percent black and my incision had ruptured, and was full of pus. At the ER, I was found to be in tachycardia, and in sepsis. My white cell count was 21. They admitted me straight to intensive care. The surgery to remove the infection, which was scheduled for the next week, was done the next day. They remove about 35 pounds from my stomach, all the way to the abdominal wall. I spent 7 days in intensive care receiving antibiotics and fluids, and then another 10 days in the hospital still receiving antibiotics and trying to regulate the fluids. I had problems with swelling. The incision to remove the diseased tissue was 30+ inches across my stomach. I had 7 drains and was attached to a wound vac for 6 months. after the hospital I was sent to a rehabilitation hospital for 10 days to help me walk, and get up out of chairs and bed.

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