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Anna R.

Anna R.
Survivor

We all know how stressful and crazy the year 2020 was. I found out I was pregnant February of 2020, and I was beyond excited. I had already had a miscarriage a year before, so while there was some fear, I just knew this time would be different. The beginning of June I started feeling super tired, achy, headaches were a daily occurrence, I was nauseated, and in pain all the time. Of course, I was pregnant! I thought it was just pregnancy and so did my doctor, at first. It wasn’t until I passed out three times in one day at work when my doctor thought to check out my heart. There it was, endocarditis. (Sepsis and Bacterial Infections)

We had no idea how long my body had been fighting this, but it was serious and they were worried about me and my baby. Two weeks later I became VERY ill. My temp was severely high one day, and would drop significantly low the next. I became septic from the infection in my heart. They pumped me with IV antibiotics but nothing was working, I was circling the drain. My OB made the decision to delivery my baby boy at 22 weeks via emergency cesarian, and I thank her every day for doing so. While I lost my baby, she saved my life. It took almost a month of intense procedures and antibiotics before the sepsis was cured. Now, almost a year later, I am slowly getting better. I still have bad days where I am so tired I can barely open my eyes, but I am thankful to now have fewer of those days than I did before. Sepsis is real and scary. I still have issues with my heart, and they do still monitor me very closely, but I am beyond grateful to have such an awesome team of professionals to help me through this journey.

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