On a Wednesday evening last October I started to get intense pains in my stomach and back, so much so that in the end I went to Casualty. The staff weren’t sure of what it was but suggested it could be a kidney stone and once the pain had eased with Morphine, I was sent home with some medication to help me pass the stone.
By the Thursday morning I was in absolute agony again and my husband called the GP out to me. He told me to go straight back to A&E and have a scan. I was given a scan and told I had a kidney stone and again sent home in the hope I would pass the stone. I had had the odd shivering episode at casualty but was told I’d been tested for infection and that there wasn’t one present, and therefore the shivering was related to the shock of the pain I was in. The shivering episodes continued however, and by the Friday evening, my temperature had shot up dangerously high and I was delirious. I was shivering so much the bed was literally shaking.
My husband rushed me back to A&E and I was in intensive care before I knew it. After the initial feeling of being slightly on my own with my symptoms earlier in the week, I can’t thank the staff on that Fridayevening enough for how they handled things. On the Saturday I was transferred to a larger hospital and later that weekend had an operation on my kidney to try and remove the stone, which was unsuccessful. There was no longer any sign of the stone, but the hospital were getting on top of the Sepsis infection via all the drips I was attached to. I did react to one of the antibiotics, but fortunately there were others I wasn’t allergic to.
It wasn’t long before I was on a High Dependency Ward rather than in Intensive Care. I came home a few days later, with some trepidation about the pains returning. Gradually, with strong pain relief, the issues I’d had with my kidney subsided and although I would say I felt weak until around Christmas time, I am so grateful that I survived this life threatening condition. I also had a stent in place to try and keep my kidney functioning properly and that was removed just before Christmas which helped a lot with my comfort levels
Due to all of this trauma to my poor family, I wanted to celebrate my 40th in style after having had such a scare last Autumn – hence the Oscars/Hollywood fancy dress party with my nearest and dearest. I asked people to donate to the Sepsis Trust via my own Just Giving page, instead of buying me presents, as I’d really like awareness raised of Sepsis and how quickly it strikes, and how dangerous it can be, and I wanted to give something back as I’m so grateful to my husband for acting so swiftly, and to each and every one of the amazing hospital staff both at The Princess Royal, Haywards Heath and at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, where I was later transferred and spent most of the time. I also can’t thank my wider family and friends enough for all they did for me while I was recuperating . They truly were amazing.
Look after your kidneys folks, drink plenty of water each day. I try much harder to these days as I don’t want that to happen again.