Jennifer I


I gave birth on 3/17/20. I was released after 4 days. The next day of being home, I started to feel ill. (Sepsis and Pregnancy & Childbirth)

Heart racing, dizzy, chills. My OB recommended I wait it out due to the Covid situation in the hospitals. The next day, I was much worse. Couldn’t speak or barely breathe. Felt like I had pins and needles all over my body. My husband called 911. I was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with severe sepsis from a UTI. (Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infections)

I was on infusion antibiotics for 14 days and cleared of the sepsis. Fast forward 8 weeks. Same symptoms occur. I was at work. My co-workers called 911. My heart rate at rest was 190, couldn’t breathe or talk. Again, diagnosed with severe sepsis. Fast forward another 8 weeks and at least 10 trips to the ER. I was finally diagnosed with a retained placenta. I have severe PTSD and feel like my life will never be normal again. (Sepsis and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) My husband had to do everything for our children while I tried/try to get healthy. There is not an hour that goes by where I am not anxious or worrying that I may be sick again. I really wish there was a group support system for sepsis survivors.

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