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  1. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    ...and I survived it.


    On tonight's ABC World News Tonight, David Muir cited a new study showing that, globally, 1 in 5 deaths is caused by sepsis; 270,000 deaths in the US annually; 20 deaths per minute worldwide. :eek:

    I believe these are the Lancet study articles referenced on the news: A global accounting of sepsis and Global, regional, and national sepsis incidence....

    If you don't know, sepsis is the body's over-reaction to infection, in which your blood basically becomes poisoned. As it circulates through your body, it wreaks havoc on every organ system, every cell...everything, causing organ failure. In my case, I had multi-organ failure: cardiac, renal, and respiratory.

    For those of us who survive, it's not necessarily over. Some of us, myself included, suffer from Post-Sepsis Syndrome, which has its own set of problems. Some patients eventually recover...but many don't. I'm still in the "it's going to get better someday!" mindset. I'll believe that until proven otherwise. :D

  2. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    OMG, stay strong Moody...
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  3. Steven58


    I survived it too. I didn’t know I had pneumonia until I went into septic shock. Spent the night in intensive care. What a trip.
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  4. MoodyBlues

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    I'm glad you survived it, too. :) You're one of the lucky ones.

    My week in the ICU is basically a blur. I think I've posted before that I thought it was a huge, warehouse-like room, with people traipsing in and out to get supplies. Nothing like ICU hallucinations. :D

    My six months hospitalized, and on IV antibiotics, took their toll; among other things, causing tooth loss. And the near-year I spent bed-bound, too weak even for a bedpan, taught me strong lessons about humility and appreciation. There wasn't a single time, after a CNA changed my diaper, that I didn't thank him/her. I wanted them to know they were appreciated.

    So many things we take for granted, like changing positions in bed or brushing our own hair, will never be taken for granted again by me.

    I encourage everyone to take a mental inventory of all the little things you do in a day, then imagine not being able to. I promise it'll change your perspective...
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  5. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    Been doing mental inventory of the little things in my head in a day, since around like twenty three or twenty four years ago.
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  6. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    That's awesome! Was there something specific that triggered it?
  7. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    No helping my physcosis that is all :) Well had a few close encounters too.
  8. tommo47

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    As I've said before, my experience over the last 8 weeks or so pales into almost insignificance when compared to what you have endured but even so, I understand completely, and endorse your feelings totally.
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  9. MoodyBlues

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    Sweetie, it's not a competition. :)

    You're dealing with a serious problem that's altered your life. I'm not religious, so saying you're in my prayers feels disingenuous--but you're definitely in my thoughts.

    How are things going now? Are you getting enough nutrition? Please update us on your situation, including what's being done treatment-wise. We're worried about you!

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