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Rachael D.

Survivor

I had contracted bacterial pneumonia and was prescribed antibiotics. (Sepsis and Pneumonia) I started to take the antibiotics as soon as I got home from the doctor’s.

The day after I still wasn’t feeling well, I was living alone at the time and didn’t want to be at home by myself so I went into work. That morning I was drinking a lot and not urinating. My fever then kicked in and I passed out at my desk around lunch time. By the time the ambulance arrived my skin was purple and they could barely get a blood pressure reading.

All I remember saying to my supervisor is “Don’t leave me alone to die.”

I had a heart attack on the way to the hospital and was sedated for the rest of day/evening so I could get a tube down my throat to help me breathe. I remember the hallucinations still to this day, they haunt me. (Sepsis and Hallucinations)

After I was pumped full of antibiotics, oxygen and fluids I was sent home with a whole lot of antibiotics and steroids. The aftermath was horrible, I lost my hair and was severely depressed. My lungs have never been the same ( I had pneumonia in both my lungs) .

All I keep thinking is that if I stayed at home that day by myself, I probably would have died and no one would have found me.

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