My mom had COPD and Alpha 1. She was diagnosed with pneumonia in October 2017 and then again on November 30th. (Sepsis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sepsis and Pneumonia) Her doctor gave her antibiotics. Two days later she still felt bad and was complaining of being weak, short of breath, and pain in her arms and legs.
On December 2nd she called the pharmacy because her doctor’s office was closed and told them how she felt. They thought she might be having a reaction to her medicine and told her to stop taking it an go back to the doctor. On December 3rd she went to an Urgent Care for a second look. That night she starting throwing up and having diarrhea but just wanted to rest and see how she felt the next day. The next morning we took her to the ER because we were afraid she was dehydrated. Her white blood count was 38,000. They told us that she had had a heart attack and was septic. They took her to the closest major hospital an hour away.
That night she almost coded in front of me. They sedated her and put her on the ventilator. For two days she stayed that way. Her WBC went up to 49,000. Her urine looked like tea and she stopped producing any more urine and her bowels were doing nothing. Her kidneys shut down and she went on dialysis. Her liver stopped working. None of the doctors could believe how strong she was and how hard she fought. She woke up from sedation and was breathing on her own for two days and then it went down hill. We could tell she was getting confused and her brain was becoming infected. Her toes and fingers were turning black due to lack of circulation and they told us if she survives then she would lose them. She was the strongest woman i know. The best fighter i know. Even the doctors were amazed at her fight. On December 11th her heart stopped beating and God called her home to be with Him. I am so proud of the woman she was and i miss her dearly, she was my best friend.
Source: Bennett, Judy's daughter