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Dawn D.

Survivor

Hello, my name is Dawn I was 50 years old when it happened. On September 19, 2020 at around 10:00 pm I felt a terrible pain. This time I knew what the pain was a kidney stone. (Sepsis and Kidney Stones) I waited but after a few hours I was in the ED. After pain meds and a few tests, they sent me home.

Late Monday the pain stopped which normally would mean that the kidney stone reach the bladder. By Wednesday night the stone had not appeared, and I was in bad shape. Not enough blankets to warm me up I could not stop shaking. Back to the ED after a blood test they knew what was wrong. My white blood count was way too high, and my blood platelets were way to low. I was in septic shock. Turns out the kidney stone never made it to my bladder. It had gotten stuck it was only 3mm and it was stuck and caused a backup. I had emergency surgery to clean out the blockage. During surgery, my heart gave the doctors a good scare. My Mom says I was in ICU for four days I have no memory of that time. I was told that my kidneys, liver, heart, and lungs were all infected. After a few more days I was sent home. Because of the quick actions of everyone at the hospital I survived. I was lucky in a way the blood test show what was going on and because of the kidney stone the doctors know where to look.

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