How Can You Help?
Share your StorySupport UsGet Resources

Jessica P.


In March 2016 I had my second microdisectomy on my lower back. A few days later I woke up in a puddle of fluids leaking from my back. I was diagnosed with a seroma that became infected. (Sepsis and Surgery) The infection wasn’t getting any better and I thought I had another disc that slipped. I wasn’t able to walk and the pain in my lower back was worse by the hour. This was frustrating because I was taking all of my antibiotics and I rarely take antibiotics so how could it not work? I thought.
I was cleared of all infections on April 18.

April 23, 2016, I had a 104 fever, vomiting, couldn’t roll over, move or even stay awake. I called 911 and the ER diagnosed me with MRSA and sepsis. (Sepsis and MRSA) I was in the ICU for 2 weeks had 3 surgeries and had my PICC line in for 8 weeks. It took me 4 months to walk again and I still struggle with the pain, my speech, PTSD, and other issues.

I almost died because I thought it was just a bad fibromyalgia flare. Thankfully I had an awesome ER doctor who caught this but while in the ICU nobody really explained to me what was going on. They spoke among themselves and informed me of the tests and surgeries but didn’t inform me on anything else. It was all a blur but I’m happy to have survived to see my kids grow up and grow old with my husband.

Send us Your Story
Learn More about SepsisSupport Faces of Sepsis