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Hannah W.

Survivor

Hey my name is Hannah and I am a recovering sepsis survivor.
It all began with a MRSA staph infection. (Sepsis and MRSA) I went to urgent cares and ERs and was misdiagnosed and not taken seriously for the first couple of weeks. My infection began to worsen day by day, but every time I went in, I was pretty much turned away and told to keep taking my antibiotics.

About a month after my MRSA staph infection, one morning it all started. I had a strange rash all over my legs and arms, I couldn’t breathe good, and my heart was racing so fast. I was very confused and my vision was fading in and out of strange blurs. I told my fiancé I had to get to the ER ASAP. Before I left I did something that ended up saving my life and being the only reason I’m typing this today. I have a food allergy that’s easily avoidable but I was prescribed epi pens just in case. Before I left my throat was feeling scratchy and it was hard to breathe and swallow so I thought I would grab them just in case. We were halfway to the hospital in the car and I went into anaphylactic shock because of the sepsis and my body’s response to the MRSA that had entered my bloodstream. Thank God I had my epi pens with me. I was able to use one, my throat was completely swelled shut and went down after using my epi pen.

My fiancé then called an ambulance and they met us on the side of the road, from there I went to ER and the ER doctor was very knowledgeable of sepsis and hit it right on the nail when I came in. I was given some very strong intravenous antibiotics and fluids for a few days and sent home with antibiotics. I got very lucky and am so thankful. It was a very traumatic experience and I just want to share my story to help spread awareness on this very scary condition. Trust your instincts, if your body doesn’t feel right and you’ve got the symptoms, don’t hesitate, get help immediately it will save your life. I’m so thankful that I did. Thank you for reading and God bless.

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