Today, July 20, is my 3 month anniversary of being released from the hospital. On April 12, my hubby had me rushed to the ER. What started out as a cold, that everyone around me had, quickly turned into something much more serious for me.
I was diagnosed with Septic Shock, complete Acute Kidney failure, Acute respiratory failure, Pneumonia, and Diabetic Ketoacidosis. I spent 4 days in ICU and 4 days in a private room. I don’t remember anything about my time in the ICU, and only 2.5 days or so of my time in the private room.
Any of those could have killed me, and in fact, the odds of surviving all but the Diabetic ketoacidosis were very slim. (50% or less survival rate, depending on organs affected. My chances were about 30%) However, I not only survived, I recovered completely. Well, except for being diabetic, which I am controlling with insulin and Glipizide. (I was diabetic before I got sick.) I also have a bit of high blood pressure, that I am working on controlling with diet, exercise, and medication.
I was told that the odds of me returning were high in the first 3 months. So far, so good. Other than a mild cold, (I know, I know, I am keeping a close eye on my symptoms.) I am doing great!
Sepsis shock has become more common, we lost a friend to it, just a couple of weeks before I ended up in the hospital. I credit my hubby for me being here today, my daughters for always being there, while I was in the hospital, and of course, all the medical personnel who worked hard to keep me alive.
Take care of yourselves, and please remember, sometimes, it really is more than just a cold. More information on Septic Shock can be found here.
Happy Wednesday. I hope you have a great day!