My name is Rosemarie Matarese and I had sepsis when I was 3 years old. I was in the hospital for a month before my fourth birthday. The doctors did all different kinds of tests, everything from a spinal tap, to giving me an epidural. I barely remember all of this because for me my first memories start when I’m 5 years old.
I was released from the hospital, and the long term effects of the sepsis have lingered for the years since because I’ve had seizures for the past 8 years and I just got diagnosed with absence seizures in 2019.