2 months ago I had a urine infection, for which I received antibiotics, but continued to have incredible back pain that the GP put down to being muscular. I kept returning with the pain and was just given stronger painkillers and told to rest. The week leading up to attending A&E I was up most nights in agony, but carried on with the painkillers and took a week off to rest as advised.
It wasn’t until Sunday dinnertime when I started vomiting, shivering and could not get warm and the pain was unbearable, that I was rushed to A&E from there I was seen straight away in resus. My temperature was 40.5, heart rate was 150, and had a high respiratory rate. Bloods were taken and antibiotics started. The blood test showed my CRP was over 300 and I had severe sepsis.
I was later admitted to the ward with my temperature under control but later in the night was moved to HDU as my temperature was back up to 40.3 and they couldn’t bring it down.
At this point I remember having the feeling I was going to die and asked the doctor if I was, and he reassured me I was being given the right treatment.
My temperature came down and the following morning I felt better than I had during the previous week before my admission to hospital.
I was then moved to another ward, and given x-ray and ultrasounds to check that my kidneys hadn’t been damaged by the infection and luckily they had not.
I then spent the rest of the week on the ward receiving IV antibiotics, and after being discharged it took a few weeks to get back to my normal self. I would feel tired easily, didn’t have the energy I used to, lost my appetite.
Now 1 month on I am starting to feel my normal self and lucky that I had no side effects from sepsis like many people.
As a third year student nurse I feel very strongly about raising awareness of sepsis and how it can effect anyone at any age, gender or job.