She was my friend, my shoulder to cry on, my second mother , she taught me what life was, she was my Nana, although she wasn’t a typical little Nana with white curly hair , she was full of life! She was 78 years old, she still drove her little red Micra here there and everywhere. She lived for her children and grandchildren and in no way showed any signs of being “old”.
She called me on a Wednesday morning to say she had been unwell in the night and was going to stay in bed to rest, I went round on the Wednesday night to check on her and she was in bed. She looked tired but was getting some rest, assuming it was some sort of 24 hour bug I kept my little girl away, but kept in full contact via text message. On the Saturday she had perked up and said she felt still ill but well enough for company and could sit downstairs.
She said she was hungry, so myself, my auntie and cousin went to Tesco to get some soup. My auntie commented on a red patch on her face, -we said it looked like a little rosey cheek. When we returned she had fallen asleep on the couch, and when she woke up she still felt hungry, so we made her soup but she took one mouth full and said she was full, – this was odd but she did say she still felt ill.
When we left she said she wanted to sleep before Xfactor started… 29.08.2015, that was the last time we ever spoke to my Nan. The next day my auntie called to say she couldn’t get hold of my Nan and was on her way round to see if she was ok.
What came next nobody was prepared for. I arrived around 30 minutes after my auntie to be faced with the news my beautiful Nana had passed away, How? Why? She was doing so much better the day before?
A week and a half of shock and confusion followed,- what took her away? We got the call, she had died from contracting sepsis..
What was sepsis? no one knew but I researched it and found out as much as I could, but it didn’t explain how she got sepsis? She was fine! Little did we know she had a serious kidney infection that went unnoticed and that’s when sepsis took over.
The symptoms of sepsis were there but nobody put them together because we didn’t know sepsis existed and that these symptoms meant she could die.
*slurred speech (on the phone to my auntie)
*passing no urine
* sever breathlessness ( I put down to the tiredness and vomiting)
our family is now suffering with pain and anger, we had never heard of sepsis or these symptoms.
She was a happy, full of life person one minute, and taken by sepsis the next.
Its the most painful feeling knowing what we now know, she could still be here.