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James Roberts

Survivor

A little over 2 years ago it was January 12 /2019 I had gone to a friend’s for dinner and after taking off my jacket, I developed the chills. So I took some aspirin and slept it off till morning. After getting home I was still very feverish and had a very bad back ache. I spent the whole day in bed and finally ask my roommate to take me to the Emergency room where I was diagnosed with a lower lumbar strain, given some meds and sent home.

That next day the pain in my back was excruciating and went back to hospital via ambulance . Where once again misdiagnosed this time with a UTI and was given more meds and sent home. This went on for 2 more days and I had had it with all the pain. Pain like I’ve never experienced it was so bad I had decided that was it I was going to take all my pain meds and be done with it. I had had enough.

Well after missing my mouth with the pills, the pain had got so bad I fainted. After 3 hrs and crawling 20 feet I finally found my phone and managed to call 911. This time I went to a different hospital in a different town and that’s when I was admitted. I will never forget the pain and burning sensation it was like every atom in my body was on fire. I was placed in ICU for 9 days I lost 44 lbs in 13 days in the hospital.

Upon my release the doctors had told me they didn’t think I was going to survive this sepsis they had even told my sister to make arrangements thank god they waited to tell me after I was checking out . But that wasn’t the end of the story. Life had gotten worse I couldn’t do a lot of my daily routines I couldn’t hardly walk with out assistance, pull up my pants, just the basic stuff of daily life. Then I read about PSS and ask my doctor if it was a real thing and I am alive to tell you it is.

My life has become almost unbearable. There’s so many things I can’t do actually I am amazed I am still able to live alone. I have never recovered from this 2 years later. I live in fear of it coming back. I don’t think I could go through it and survive again. It has totally ruined my life. This is nothing to take lightly if you’re feverish and having tremendous pain get it checked DON’T WAIT TILL IT’S TOO LATE !!! It will change your life and not for the better. I am alive by the grace of god. Live your life to the fullest and have no regrets.

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