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Michaela Porter

Survivor

Thankfully I am able to share my story and hopefully bring some light to this and awareness. I was induced at 39 weeks and didn’t advance very far so they decided to preform a c section to get my baby out safely. (Sepsis and Pregnancy & Childbirth)

I was doing great up until 24 hours after my surgery I had gotten up to go pee and came back and was shivering cold. I then felt my head and was super hot. I called my nurse to let her know that I thought I had a fever. She came in to take my vitals and left. She came back with 5 nurses trying to figure out what was going on. Finally they let me know that my heart rate was 160, my blood pressure 80/60 and my fever was 104. No one knew what was going on and why. So they started me on fluids and antibiotics. Thankfully this worked and slowly I started to return to normal.

After every test under the sun they could preform and finally declared it septic shock. They have no idea where it came from. I am thankful that my team did what they did and when they did. During this I also found out I had a blood clotting disorder and that I could have had a blood clot during my pregnancy that broke off into pieces and caused an infection. To say I am lucky to still be alive is an understatement. I will always listen to my body and be an advocate for this since many people end up with sepsis and no one knows what is going on. Here I am 8 months later and finally feeling back to myself, and thankfully my baby is healthy and happy and I get to spend time with him.

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