Traci B.

Survivor

I had disk removal surgery in 2017. (Sepsis and Surgery) In the middle of 2018, I went back to the surgeon because I was experiencing the same pain (similar to sciatica) in my back and leg. The doctor I saw said it was something I would have to live with.

In fall of 2019, I experienced the pain again only it was much worse. I went to the ER five times in a month, including twice in one day. They never did a scan or blood work. I was finally able to get an appointment with the neurosurgeon from 2017. They sent me for an MRI and saw an abscess and fluid in the same area of the disk removal. I don’t remember much of that day and nothing else until I went into septic shock on October 21st.

I was in the critical care unit on life support for two weeks. I spent six weeks in rehab rebuilding my strength everywhere (my arms, legs, core). I make my family retell the story over and over again as I have no memory. My hair is falling out, I still have back pain, but my stamina is finally getting better.