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Linda

Linda
Survivor

In the summer of 2014, I was diagnosed with a UTI and put on an antibiotic for 8 days. (Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infections) I took the full course of medication and felt fine. I should mention that I did not have most of the symptoms of a UTI, except frequent urination.

About ten days after I finished the antibiotics, I began to feel very thirsty and was drinking a lot of water and some Gatorade. I should also mention that I have severe scoliosis in the lumbar region so my back in the area of my left kidney hurts quite frequently. One evening I had been out and had to come home early because I felt a little dizzy and very thirsty. I was by myself and began drinking more and more water and still feeling dizzy and warm like I had a fever. I decided to lie down and then I began having what I now know are hallucinations. (Sepsis and Hallucinations) I managed to call 911 but passed out while on the phone and barely came to as the police, fire personnel, and ambulance broke into my apartment.

I was rushed to the ER and ended up in intensive care and don’t remember much for a couple of days and then came to enough to realize that I had a central line in place. I was told that I had suffered septic shock and was given different antibiotics and fluids. (Sepsis and Septic Shock) I was in the hospital for a few weeks. After I returned home, I suffered what I now know are post septic-sepsis syndrome. I had PTSD and felt weak, dizzy, very tired, and would sometimes run a low grade fever. Fortunately, these symptoms subsided after six months. I now keep AZO urinary test strips and if I suspect an infection, I go to Urgent Care and the first thing I mention is that I am a sepsis survivor caused by a UTI. I am grateful for all the information I have obtained from this site.

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