My name is Linda. I am a Sepsis and Anaphylactic Shock Survivor. I am a Warrior that fought a battle in my body without warning. My journey began in May 2018. I had an ovarian cyst removed with the recommended hysterectomy. A few days after I was discharged. I began to bleed from the incision.
During the night, my blood pressure dropped, things were not right so my husband, trusting his instincts called for an ambulance. At the hospital, we were told that I had developed an infection and was going into septic shock. I suffered an anaphylactic reaction to the antibiotic Peptazol. Blood cultures identified Strep A as the bacteria causing my post surgical infection. This "Perfect Storm" changed life as we knew it forever, for me, as well as every member of our family.
Many sensitive decisions had to be made. ICU, intubation, induced coma, dialysis, surgeries, prayers, surgeons, nurses, rehabilitation. After 7 months in specialized care, I came home and began my very slow and often complicated journey to recovery. My memory of what happened is still a blur. I only know what has been shared with me by family and healthcare professionals.
Sepsis is totally life altering and robs people of choices and their memory of time. It happens so quickly and takes so much. In my scenario, I lost my bowel, part of my stomach and the sensation in my tongue. My hands and feet had to be amputated. I am now a quad amputee with an ostomy. Most of all, Sepsis stole my hopes and dreams for the future. I struggled and with great determination have worked very hard to get to where I am today. I have an awesome support team, encouraging me to move forward and live my best Life. My husband Ken has been my rock! He has been by my side through every hurdle and victory. He needed to stop working to care for me.
Many blessings have come my way during my journey. I have become Nana to 2 perfect grandsons. The oldest, appropriately named Jase, which means Healer, gave me the will and the courage I really needed to work hard and keep moving. Jase and Baby Bryce, which means Strength, are the true meaning of love and acceptance. They love me as I am, challenges and all. They bring me so much joy.
Before my surgery I worked in a daycare. I taught children about life lessons and how everyone has a story. Some have happy times and some have sad times. Sepsis has me relearning some life lessons.
I try to smile and laugh everyday. Usually, I receive a smile in return. Life is Good!