Matthew Ford

Survivor

Posted on July 6th, 2018

All started my journey in 2013 as went into septic shock from three kidney stones, UTI, and pyelonephritis. (Sepsis and Kidney Stones, Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infections, Sepsis and Bacterial Infections) This resulted in near death experience, months in the hospital with a PICC for another 6 months, only to learn every few months my body was infected, building a huge resistance to antibiotics.

Last November was the worst as I was feeling a little unwell around 8am, back to bed by 10am and by 11am all I could do was text for help. My pain was so great, it stopped me in my tracks. I was shaking uncontrollably and with another near death experience my PCT was 32 and blood pressure plummeted, with a temperature of 103.6. This perspective puts how short life is, to learn how the lack of sepsis awareness is until I had survived thankful to be a witness of how quick that even a hour can be a life-changing moment. Although the side effects of fatigue, physical limitations, and knowing my past symptoms is what has kept me as a sepsis survivor and God’s purpose to have me as a living witness.