Janice M.


On 2/10/2020 I was leaving work to go to lunch around noon and I bumped my elbow on the door jam on my way out. All night that night I struggled with severe pain but the skin hadn’t broke it was just swollen so I took Motrin and tried to baby it. The morning I was still in extreme pain and I was trying to get ready for work and I keep falling over. I was dizzy, so I called into work and told them I was going to take Motrin and would try again in a couple hours.

My mom came to check on me around 10am. I was severely sick by the time she came, vomiting, diarrhea and so confused she had to call an ambulance. When the ambulance arrived my blood pressure was 70/30 and I had acute kidney failure. (Sepsis and Kidney Failure) Somehow I had gotten a Strep A in the arm that I bumped. (Sepsis and Bacterial Infections)

I was shipped to a larger hospital 2 hours away and was in ICU for three weeks. I almost lost my arm but am so thankful I didn’t , I have some scarring and nerve damage. I feel like the septic shock affected my memory. (Sepsis and Septic Shock) I’m very forgetful now. It is very scary how fast it happened but I’m very thankful I survived.

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