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The Killer Thats Being Missed..


Sepsis, a word I had only briefly heard of 4 weeks ago. My only knowledge of it was that it was something to do with blood poisoning but I had no idea what kind of devastation it can have on your body and that it can take away your loved ones quicker than I even want to think about.

Four weeks ago Hollie’s step mum was rushed into hospital, she is 26, she is a wife and a mummy to 2 beautiful children, she’s a daughter, a sister, a friend and we nearly lost her to this horrific killer. Rosie is the best step mum to Hollie, she young, caring, beautiful and she loves Hollie like her own and I’m so grateful we have many years left of sharing Hollies future. But it could have been a completely different story if the ambulance wasn’t called when it was and the paramedics hadn’t spotted the tell tale signs of Sepsis.

We are all guilty of thinking things like this won’t happen to us, but I’m here to tell you it can and you need to get clued up on the signs. It’s known that Sepsis affects the young and the old but it can get you at any age as Rosie has proved.

Sepsis is caused by the way the body responds to germs, such as bacteria, getting into your body. The infection may have started anywhere in a sufferer’s body, and may be only in one part of the body or it may be widespread. Sepsis can occur following chest or water infections, problems in the abdomen like burst ulcers, or simple skin injuries like cuts and bites.

The UK Sepsis Trust

I saw Rosie lying there in a coma, I saw Marc with the fear in his eyes he was going to lose his beautiful wife, I saw Rosie’s family speechless and their hearts aching and I saw my teenage daughter holding onto Rosie’s hand willing her her step mum to wake up and I will never ever forget for the rest of my life the word Sepsis and what it can do to a family.

Rosie will make a full recovery although the road ahead is long; the amount of love, support and belief she has behind her is just breathtaking. She fought Sepsis as hard as she could and she beat it, not everyone is that lucky and its why I’m asking you again to read up and to acknowledge this is something that is happening now and can happen to anyone. I want you to take a minute and read the Sepsis Trust website which you can find here, it could save a life of a loved one and that is worth 5 minutes of anyones time.






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  1. Oh Gemma that’s awful, what a terrible thing to happen and I’m so glad for all of you that she’s pulled through. Thank goodness. And thank you for sharing and raising awareness here at #TweensTeensBeyond. Nicky x

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    • Thanks Nicky, she really went through it.. Sepsis started from double pneumonia, she had a heart infection and a super bacteria that the hospital hadn’t seen for 4 years. She really fought a tough fight !! Sepsis is pretty horrific, raising awareness is so important so thanks for the linky it all helps ❤️


  2. Sepsis is really scary. I have heard of it many times, and you are right. We never think it can happen to us or to someone we love. But it can. I don’t know how to guard my kids from sepsis – I mean, it seems to me that it can happen at any time, any age. I guess the only thing I can do is do my best to keep their immune systems strong. Ugh, so scary. I hate to even think about it. So glad that Rosie was able to fight it. What a scary time for you all.


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  3. That’s really shocking. I’ve just had a look at the Sepsis trust website to inform myself better, thanks for the useful link. I hope she can put this behind her and that she stays well now. #TeensTweensBeyond

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  4. Gemma this is a really touching post on so many levels, your compassion for Rosie and your recognition of the love Hollie feels for her is really heart warming. I hope she makes a speedy recovery. Thanks for sharing this with us and for joining us again. #TweensTeensBeyond

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  5. That must have been terrifying for you all, I’m so pleased to hear she’s recovering now. It’s good that there’s so much more awareness of Sepsis at the moment – I’d not ever heard of it until a few years ago when a friend was struck by it after childbirth and had a really horrible experience. Thank you for sharing with us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    • Thanks Katie, what with Hollie being hit by a car and Rosie catching sepsis I’m truly hoping there’s not a 3rd thing- they say it comes in 3’s !!!!!! The amount of stories I’ve heard the last few days has broken my heart and quite a lot involving child birth !! Xx


  6. Sue lambourne says

    I had sepsis about 8 years ago, hubby called the On call doctor one evening she said I had a chest infection. My daughter said she told the Dr my blood pressure was very low, & the Dr said that was normal. So even the Dr missed the symptoms. By the next morning hubby & student nurse daughter rushed me in to Frimley Park Hospital I didn’t know where I was or who I was. Hubby said they just kept putting fluid in via a drip & I was on oxygen. I managed to come round about 10 hours later apparently my blood pressure was very, very low. I think the worst thing is I have no memory of it at all, very scary. My family thought I was going to die. I have had to ask my daughter & hubby what happened. Very scary, I now know I was lucky & a lot of people do die of it. I suppose if I were dying I wouldn’t have known, I was to far gone.
    It’s the speed it took me to get so ill. Everyone has to know the symptoms.

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  7. How terrifying for you, I’m so pleased she is doing ok now. My friends daughter had it and it was so horrible to hear about it. It’s not something that you hear about often, but it seems to be more widespread than we think. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  8. susielhawes says

    Gosh how scary. I’ve heard of it, in fact I thought my daughter had it once and rushed her to the GP who told me to get seen immediately even with no appointment. Luckily it was just viral. It’s hard because the symptoms can also be viral but if in doubt I will always check out. I hope she makes a good recovery xx #SharingtheBlogLove

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