My husband had lymphoma and had just returned from treatment on Thursday 20th June 2013. He had a cough and said that he was struggling. There was no temperature. I settled him down for the night with his usual medication and he seemed to be reasonably O.K. At 1.30 a.m. I heard him go to the toilet and went to see him to make sure that he had been able to get back into bed. At this point he had stridor, but he was still able to talk to me so I left him again. At 7 a.m. I got up to give him his medicine but found that he had recently died (his legs were still warm).
The doctor came to confirm the death and wrote Sepsis as the primary cause. Up until recently I had not realised that sepsis was the same as septicaemia despite being a nurse by training.
My husband was very weak when all this happened as he had permanently lost his appetite since his chemotherapy treatment 18 months earlier.