Jean Hoghaug


Posted on March 9th, 2018

Angie - her sister

This is a story about my one and only sister, Jeannie. She went to a clinic for a bladder infection and thought she was treated with taking Cipro for 2 weeks. (Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infections) But she had same symptoms like chills and being unable to urinate, so she was going back to the clinic to get more Cipro or other antibiotic meds.

Now she had a temperature of 102 and she felt dizzy, so my husband took her to the ER. Her BP was 57 over 34. Right away they admitted her and started an IV, antibiotic meds and meds to raise her BP, with lots of fluids. It wasn’t working so she was transported to another hospital, to the ICU. She was rolled into the surgery room and we didn’t expect her to survive but she made it through. But her lactic level was going up so they transferred to the heart ICU where she was hooked up with ECMO.

It’s been 10 days since she was admitted to the hospital and she is off of ECMO, kidney dialysis and finally off of the ventilator today. She’s very weak and cannot talk freely. Her memories are not clear but she managed to survive through septic shock. We have a long way to be on a road to recovery but we believe ECMO saved her life…. There is a hope!