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.