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To post about signs and symptoms of sepsis?

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TeddyIsaHe Tue 09-Apr-19 20:08:28

My poor grandma was taken incredibly unwell recently in what turned out to be sepsis cause by a minor infection. She is thankfully almost ready to leave hospital, and we are so glad she’s ok.

The only reason she is, is because my mum spotted the early signs of sepsis and called an ambulance. It’s so, so important to know what those signs are and I just wanted to post a link to the NHS page to remind everyone to make sure they know what to look out for.

TeddyIsaHe Tue 09-Apr-19 20:08:56

Try a clicky link

stephstrops Tue 09-Apr-19 20:13:04

I had sepsis and would have been dead by the morning had I not called 111 who then sent an ambulance. So many people don’t know the signs so this is incredibly important - thank you

Honeyroar Tue 09-Apr-19 20:17:20

Not at all unreasonable. My husband has had sepsis twice in the last year and it's scary stuff. Even if you spot it early and get medical help it can still take a heck of a lot of fighting.

Remember not all the symptoms are always there and sometimes the sufferer can be hot, then later shivering. Both times my husband was a bit delirious and mumbling.

ThreeAnkleBiters Tue 09-Apr-19 20:20:50

I know someone suffering from sepsis - even the walk in clinic sent him away saying it was a virus and tummy bug. He was almost dead when he finally returned to A&E. He was a healthy 38 year old man. Fortunately he survived but is still (a year on) recovering and not back at work.

Honeyroar Tue 09-Apr-19 20:25:30

The hospital discharged my husband with the start of sepsis. We ended up going back in an ambulance the next day! They even had posters all over the hospital about sepsis, yet they missed it! (This time round they had posters up about DVTs and discharged him with one of those, so we had another A&E trip! Quite frightening really!)

WonderTweek Tue 09-Apr-19 20:32:35

Def not being unreasonable. I had sepsis in January and I'm generally a healthy, youngish person and I had no idea what was wrong with me when I was horribly ill. Luckily my husband spotted the signs and I was blue lighted to hospital and got IV antibiotics. I think the big thing for me was the sudden change in my mental state. I suddenly became teary and panicky and felt like "it" wanted me dead, and my husband thought it sounded like sepsis. It is grim.

Daisychainsandglitter Tue 09-Apr-19 20:56:11

Bumping for you - DD1 had sepsis. She was fine in the morning and in paediatric ICU by the end of the day. The speed at which it can take hold in a person is frightening. We owe her life to the wonderful staff at our local children's hospital for spotting the signs so quickly.
Raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of this is really important.

x2boys Tue 09-Apr-19 21:14:31

It killed my sil, so.I do.know the symptoms now but there can't be enough awareness imo.

Paradyning Tue 09-Apr-19 21:17:19

My DD has been bluelighted with query sepsis and it's frightening.

TitianaTitsling Tue 09-Apr-19 21:24:37

YADNU sepsis is a medical emergency indeed!

Shouldbedoing Tue 09-Apr-19 21:28:19

If I can add to this discussion a fact not routinely known even by medical personnel, but in subsequent episodes of sepsis, a person may not look or feel as ill as the first time. Always ask the question, "Could this be sepsis?"
(RIP Mum flowers)

TitianaTitsling Tue 09-Apr-19 21:29:33

Meant to add a poster but as de-regged my photo privileges are gone!
T- – Temperature higher or lower.
I- Infection – may have signs and symptoms of an infection.
M-Mental decline – confused, sleepy, difficult to rouse.
E-Extremely ill – “I feel like I might die,” severe pain or discomfort.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 09-Apr-19 21:34:45

I'm so glad your lovely grandma is okay. My dad had it I went down to see him and he was collapsed on the floor. To be honest until then I'd never even heard of sepsis. His medication caused hallucinations. It was scary but fascinating, too. He said a little kitten used to go and sit on his knee every evening. He also said he used to a little boy standing out side the hospital. Hed be there every night from 5pm. He can't have really been there as it was or rather is a building site, so There is no way he'd be allowed or even be able to get in there. He was only around 9 years old. Plus my dad told me he would stay in the one position and not move.

miranda1511 Tue 09-Apr-19 21:35:41

My husband wasn't properly diagnosed the first time he presented with sepsis. Very frightening, his consultant told us he thought he was going to die. I now know the symptoms and second time around I got him to hospital immediately and all was well. Touch wood all fine now. He had an abscess in his thigh that triggered this all off. We'd never heard of sepsis as such at the time (7 years ago).

spagbowlexplosion Tue 09-Apr-19 21:40:39

Well done for raising awareness! My son had sepsis as a newborn. His only initial symptom was a high temperature. It took 4 hours for him to be seen by a doctor in a&e, 111 wanted me to wait for a drs appointment. Just wanted to add to Please go with your instincts and never underestimate a high temperature in a tiny baby if you suspect sepsis.

BellMcEnd Tue 09-Apr-19 21:50:20

This one @TitianaTitsling? Yes, lots of important facts on it. Obvs if you’re in the UK call 999.

Sepsis is a huge killer / cause of horrific ongoing issues. My cousin had severe sepsis, was in the ICU for months in multiorgan failure - ventilated, haemofiltered, severe clotting derangement (DIC), massive amounts of drugs to maintain his cardiovascular system. You name it. He was a super fit 27 year old fire fighter when he developed sepsis. Happily he has recovered but not without ongoing medical needs that he’ll have for life. I’ll never forget what it was like sitting by his bed day after day not knowing if he’d be there the next.

flowers to all of you who’ve been there. Great thread, OP!

itstheyearzero Tue 09-Apr-19 21:50:21

I spent 6 weeks in a coma due to sepsis. I had to learn to walk again because my muscles wasted away. I've only been out of hospital for a few weeks! It came out of nowhere and if my son hadn't raised the alarm when he did I would not be here now to tell the tale. I think a lot more needs to be done to raise awareness, so thank you for posting this.

TitianaTitsling Tue 09-Apr-19 22:56:33

That's it mcbellend! Great poster!

TeddyIsaHe Wed 10-Apr-19 07:28:17

flowers to everyone who has had sepsis or a loved one. It is terrifying and we definitely need more awareness.

One thing I’ve vowed to do is ask every medical professional “is this sepsis” if I ever suspect it even slightly. I’d rather be wrong than not have it spotted.

jgbtaylor Wed 13-Nov-19 14:16:08

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