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Read stories from sepsis survivors and from people who have lost someone they love to sepsis. More than 1,000 stories cover the many types of infections that can cause sepsis, and the outcomes.
In January 2011, at the height of influenza season, I came down with what at first, seemed like a case of the seasonal flu. However, I was exhausted to the point that I could only stay awake long enough to shuffle from my bed to the couch to fall back to sleep. I experienced sudden chills that cooled me to the bone and would develop a desperate thirst that sent me to the kitchen sink at sprint to down several glasses of water, and then pass out again for hours. My family doctor’s office refused to see me, despite practically begging, …Read storyView All Faces
My 6-month old-daughter, Anais, was confined to a hospital in Manila because of dengue fever January 17, 2014. (Sepsis and Children) On the second day, her platelet count dropped to 60 and her pediatrician requested for immediate frozen plasma transfusion. On the fourth day, at 3 a.m., she started to chill with 39 deg. C fever. Laboratory test showed that Anais had a UTI and she was immediately given a dose of penicillin. (Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infections) Her fever shot up every time she was given a dose of penicillin. On the same day, she started to have chills, …Read storyView All Faces
On Feb 15, 2015, about 3 AM, I woke up to a stabbing pain, sweating profusely, hyperventilating and delusional. My wife Carla woke up from the noise of me falling to the floor. She managed to get me into the car and off to Urgent care, a short ride from my house. Within minutes they had told us that I was very sick and needed to go to a local hospital. They called EMT and off I went to Greenwich Hospital in CT. It seemed like the entire staff ganged up on me as my blood pressure was dropping quick …Read storyView All Faces
On Memorial Day of 2013, my family and I got together and went out to eat. On the way home I noticed some aching all over my body, even commenting that I felt as if I were coming down with the flu. That night, I went to bed remembering that I was feeling cold. Upon waking up to the alarm the next morning, it was as if someone had poured a 5-gallon bucket of water on me while I’d slept. The bed, my body and clothes were all soaking wet from sweat. In what now seems like a delirious madness, …Read storyView All Faces
I spiked a fever when I was in labor with my first child. The nurses quickly gave me an IV antibiotic and my son ended up being delivered by emergency C-section, as he was in respiratory distress. He was immediately rushed to the NICU, where blood cultures were drawn. Within hours, we were told my son had a positive blood culture and that he had neonatal sepsis. The doctors performed a spinal tap on him at less than 24 hours old and he was started on IV antibiotics that they administered through an IV placed in his scalp. He spent …Read storyView All Faces
Many of today’s life saving medical and surgical procedures were first discovered or refined by the military.
Sepsis survivors and family members of people who have had sepsis may find themselves experiencing emotional and psychological issues that can make it difficult to move forward.
It’s About TIME™ is a national initiative to raise awareness of sepsis and the urgent need to seek treatment when symptoms are recognized.
Early detection is the best hope to survive and limit disabilities when sepsis is present.
Erin’s Campaign for Kids aims to combat the high incidence and mortality rates of sepsis among children. The campaign creates awards and training programs for nurses and other health professionals to help identify and treat a disease that, by conservative estimates, causes over 18 child deaths per day or 6,800 child deaths in the United States every year, more than pediatric cancers.