Russell Leonard

faces of sepsis, sepsis
Survivor

On November 4, 2018 I went to the E.R. and was diagnosed with a kidney stone. (Sepsis and Kidney Stones) They sent me home to pass the stone (even though my blood pressure was low at discharge). Within hours I had a fever and was extremely weak. I went back to the hospital and my blood pressure was 49/27. I passed out and woke up with 2 IVs and alarms going off incessantly. I was in and out of consciousness. From there I was told I was in septic shock and was transferred to the ICU.

I was intubated for 5 days because of ARDS and also diagnosed with DIC. (Sepsis and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Sepsis and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation) My memories are foggy, but I am so thankful that my wife stayed by my side. It was the scariest time of our lives. However, I was home in time for Thanksgiving with our 8 year old and 3 year old; I have never been more grateful. I have done months of physical therapy and still feel the effects of the sepsis. But I’m here and I have a new outlook on life. As corny as it can sound, it’s true: everyday is a gift. My wife and I recorded a YouTube video about our experience: https://youtu.be/wJyspMepxf4