My Mums Sepsis story #SuckitSepsis

My Mums Sepsis story isn’t really my story to tell. But, she isn’t here to share it because she didn’t survive. We lost her 4 years ago last December 4th and I’ve decided to share my Mums story of Sepsis because the wonderful Harriet from Toby & Roo has started up a pretty kickass campaign called #SuckitSepsis and she is hoping to raise £5000 for the Sepsis trust. So, I am sharing my Mummy’s story to help Harriet, raise more awareness about Sepsis, what it is, the signs to look for and so on.

My Mummy didn’t know she had Sepsis. She lived alone, in a very rustic part of Spain with no family around her. Not an ideal situation to begin with. But she was in the sunshine and she was happy – that was good enough for me. About 2yrs before her death. through sheer stubbornness and determination, decided to move her washing machine. This resulted in her fracturing a vertebrae in her back.

Long story short, fast forward two years and she was experiencing pains to what she thought, was her back playing up from her previous injury. A fair enough assumption. 

After three days of what I can only assume was an agonising pain, she collapsed. Alone, in Spain with no family around her. That afternoon I received a text informing me that my Mums friend had to break into her Spanish home because he knew it wasn’t like my Mum to not answer her door. Especially with her little blue jeep parked out front. He broke in to find my Mum unconscious on the floor – nobody knew how long she had been unconscious for. An ambulance was called for and she was taken to a nearby hospital. This was on Monday.

Trying to speak to someone – when I didn’t know Spanish – about my Mum was so difficult. Nobody knew anything and due to me not thinking clearly {because I just wanted to know that my Mum was OK} never thought about the time it takes to admit a patient.

After a few hours, I finally got my Mum on the phone. This was, unbeknown to me at the time, the last time I would ever hear her voice. She sounded so spacey with a slurred speech – which made me assume the medical staff had put her on some seriously strong medication. It turns out she wasn’t there long enough to be given anything at that point, and this was {what I know now to be} signs of Sepsis. 

On Tuesday morning she was taken into surgery for a partial colectomy and came out on life support. An unfathomable outcome for anyone to hear. We were told by the time of her collapse, realistically it was already too late for her. Her ruptured colon, causing all of the waste to make its way around her system for so long, caused Sepsis. Which was leading to multi-system organ failure. I was advised to make it to her bedside as fast as I could because her outcome was not good. 

I booked my flights on Tuesday afternoon and the only available flights out to Alicante was at 5 pm Thursday. She held on until midnight on Wednesday. Then she slipped away, due to septic shock & multi-system organ failure.

What is Sepsis? 

Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by our bodies response to an infection, which has spread to the bloodstream. Sepsis is an incredibly dangerous illness but can be treated if caught early, so it is vitally important to know the signs.

Slurred speech or confusion
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Passing no urine within 24hrs
Severe breathlessness
It feels like you’re going to die
Skin mottled or discoloured

You can pop over to Harriet’s recent blog post #SuckItSepsis to find out more and you can also help her raise £5000 for the Sepsis Trust by hopping over to her Go Fund Me page.

So I have shared my story – do you have a story to share?  

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9 Comments

  1. 26/03/2018 / 10:54 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss!
    I have to admit that until recently, I hadn’t really a clue about what Sepsis was. Then a friend of the family got taken ill after thinking she’d come down with a bad case of the flu. It turned out to be Sepsis. It’s great that awareness is being brought to such a dangerous and overlooked illness. I think the acrostic is such a good way to remember the signs, too.

  2. 28/03/2018 / 6:19 AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your mum but thank you for talking about your sespis story x

  3. 28/03/2018 / 9:49 AM

    This is such an informative post, I have to admit I really know little about Sepsis, though I am sure it is something I should really know more about. Thank you for sharing such a personal story.

  4. 28/03/2018 / 1:43 PM

    Firstly I am so sorry to hear about your mum’s passing, I am sure even though its been 4 years it still is fresh in your mind. Secondly thank you for raising awareness on Sepsis, not many people know about its symptoms and what it can do.

  5. Danielle
    28/03/2018 / 5:12 PM

    I never knew what it was until recently and it’s really scary that it effects so many people. Thanks for raising awareness for it!

  6. 28/03/2018 / 10:15 PM

    That’s a harrowing story and so sorry to hear about your loss. My Grandma lived alone for a couple of years in Tunisia and my mummy worried nearly everyday until she came home. Great that you are raising awareness of the signs of Sepsis and we’ll certainly take heed and look out for it x #SuckitSepsis

  7. 29/03/2018 / 10:47 AM

    I have heard about sepsis in the past but never really knew all too much about it. Thank you for sharing your story and I am so sorry for your loss x

  8. 29/03/2018 / 7:50 PM

    Such an awful thing to read but at the same time good for raising awareness. I’m so sorry to read you lost your mum I can’t imagine how hard it must’ve been for you to share this x

  9. 30/03/2018 / 8:59 PM

    I am so sorry to read this, what an awful story to share but incredibly brave and more awareness is definitely needed around Sepsis x

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