How will I feel when I get home?

While you are likely happy to be home, or relieved at the very least, it is not unusual to feel at odds, unsure of yourself. You may feel lots of things, such as:

  • Being upset or crying for what may seem like no reason
  • Not caring how you appear
  • Wanting to be alone, avoiding friends and family
  • Angering quickly
  • Being scared about how ill you have been or afraid that you will be again
  • Having flashbacks, bad memories
  • Having difficulty sleeping and having nightmares
  • Confusing reality, not being sure what is real and what isn’t
  • Feeling like nothing will be the same or ok again
  • Feeling anxious, more worried than usual
  • Feeling depressed, unmotivated, or not enjoying things you usually do

You may also feel other problems while recovering from sepsis. They may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Pain in the shoulders, back, arms, and legs
  • Breathlessness
  • General weakness
  • Difficulty moving around
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lack of appetite, food not tasting normal
  • Difficulty concentrating

Generally, these problems do improve with time. They are a normal response to what you have been through. Some hospitals have follow-up clinics or staff to help patients and families once they have been discharged. Find out if yours does or if there are local resources available to help you while you get better.