Jennifer Nelson


I had a robotic assisted hysterectomy in July of 2017. I woke up from the surgery feeling horrible, but chalked it up to the fact I had just had surgery. (Sepsis and Surgery) One night after being discharged, I woke up in my bed “not feeling right.” There was a strange unspecified type of pain in my abdomen, and a fogginess in how I was thinking.

I called 911, and fought with the EMTs who said “you seem fine.” I actually took it upon myself to lay down on the gurney and ordered them to take me to the nearest ER.

As it turned out, I had a perforated small bowel, peritonitis, and severe sepsis. (Sepsis and Perforated Bowel) The doctor said if I had taken another pain killer and gone back to sleep I might not have woken up.

Recovery from sepsis is extremely difficult, painful, and trying both physically and mentally. The insomnia is awful, joint and muscle pain horrendous, and it is truly like you are clawing yourself out of a grave you are not yet ready for. (Sepsis and Post-Sepsis Syndrome)

My advice – never dismiss what your instincts are telling you. Demand care and do not accept anything outside of a diagnosis based on your lab results and vitals.

You deserve to live your full life.