Septic shock or Sepsis is a widespread infection causing organ failure and dangerously low blood pressure.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition in which the body is fighting a severe infection that has spread via the bloodstream. If a patient becomes “septic,” they will likely have low blood pressure leading to poor circulation and lack of blood perfusion of vital tissues and organs.
What are the symptoms of sepsis?
There are three stages of sepsis: Sepsis can happen while you’re still in the hospital recovering from a procedure, but this isn’t always the case.
It’s important to seek immediate medical attention if you have any of the below symptoms. The earlier you seek treatment, the greater your chances of Sepsis Symptoms of sepsis include:
a fever above 101ºF (38ºC) or a temperature below 96.8ºF (36ºC)
heart rate higher than 90 beats per minute
breathing rate higher than 20 breaths per minute
probable or confirmed infection
You must have two of these symptoms before a doctor can diagnose sepsis.
Sepsis occurs when you have organ failure. You must have one or more of the following signs to be diagnosed with severe sepsis:
patches of discolored skin
changes in mental ability
low platelet(blood clotting cells) count
abnormal heart functions
chills due to fall in body temperature
Septic shock include the symptoms of severe sepsis, plus a very low blood pressure.
I have gone through the description, now for the story behind me describing this diagnosis.
So, my husband had surgery on January 7. He had a Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is a surgery used to treat urinary problems due to an enlarged prostate. A combined visual and surgical instrument (resectoscope) is inserted through the tip of your penis and into the tube that carries urine from your bladder (urethra). The prostate surrounds the urethra.
You say the date…January 7th. For two weeks we hardly ever saw him. He did have the energy to get out of bed and sit in the living room with the rest of the family. He got a cough that was so harsh at times that it would cause him to throw up. They gave him a z-pack.
Z-pack gone…caught persist. Two weeks later I force him to go back to the doctor and they give him another antibiotic and a steroid.
My husband decides we are going to Lowe’s to get the dishwasher we need. He decides he is driving. We get in the truck and drive to Lowe’s.
He gets out of the truck and gets two steps after he closes the door. I make him go to the passenger side telling him we are going back home. As I see he can barely get to the passenger door, I am telling him we are goin to the emergency room.
He opens the truck door, turns toward me and starts to go down. I grab his coat to try and help him not hit the parking lot. Down he goes. His legs all twisted beneath him.
A couple comes over and helps me straighten him out. He starts having a seizure. We try and keep him from hurting himself and pray for him.
A third person comes up and calls 911 for me. I answer their questions and they send an ambulance.
Firefighters arrive first, help him stand up an lift him up into the truck. One talks with him, while the other ask me about his morning.
When the Ambulance arrives they take his blood pressure…72 over 40…not good. He is not happy about going to the hospital, but he has no choice in the matter.
After an X-ray of his chest, a CT scan of his head, two urine test and three different blood test…sepsis! So far he has been there three days, with a short run of one more or longer runs of 3-4 more days.
Nothing has ever scared me as much as watching my husband, my protector, my friend collapse to the ground. My heart was ripped from my chest. I have dealt with his lymphoma, treatment, and numerous surgeries…but this hit me in a whole different manner. God, thankfully decided that my hubby isn’t finished here on earth yet…or maybe he just knew our family needed him still.