Hellooo Everyone! I hope you are all okay today. Today I want to spread awareness about something that is close to my heart as my Gran had a “Simple!” chest infection which led to sepsis and if I didn’t of battled my anxiety and picked up that phone to call 999. Well, I wouldn’t have a Nan in all honestly.
I am going to be completely honest with you right now, I didn’t know much about Sepsis before my grandmother had it. But now I know the signs to look out for thankfully.
So, what is sepsis?
Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection. Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failures and can be fatal. There are around 123,000 cases of sepsis a year in England. Around 37,000 people die every year because of sepsis when it could have been easily spotted with symptoms and treated if we had enough awareness of sepsis. But sadly, we don’t yet. Hopefully, in time we have enough awareness and lives will be saved.
Sepsis can happen to anyone. Adults and children. Young and old. Rich or poor. Anyone.
Sepsis is often referred to as either blood poisoning or septicaemia but it’s not always to do with blood poisoning it could be to do with a simple viral infection or a fungal infection. Sepsis can affect multiple organs or the entire body in a matter of 24 hours which it could lead to death if it hasn’t been treated with the right treatment,
It’s a race against time if you have sepsis every minute is a blessing as in a matter of 24 hours your body could deteriorate which would lead to multiple organ failures then death,
This can be treated if it’s caught at a certain time.
What causes Sepsis?
Sepsis can be triggered by an infection in any part of the body. Whether you had a gallstone out or if you’ve had open heart surgery.
If you have a simple cold and it turns into flu, then it turns into pneumonia it could turn into sepsis.
If you have a kidney infection it could turn into sepsis without the treatment you need.
PLEASE RING 111 FOR ADVICE OR 999 IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAS ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS AS THIS COULD BE FATAL FOR YOU OR YOUR CHILD.
Symptoms of sepsis for children who are under five years old?
- A rash that doesn’t fade when you press on it with a glass.
- Very lethargic.
- Difficult to wake up.
- Experiencing seizures.
- Abnormally cold to touch.
- Breathing difficulties or breathing very quickly.
- Pale skin and no colour.
- Not urinated or had a wet nappy for 12 hours.
- Making grunting noises with every breath.
- Not responding.
Symptoms in older children and adults?
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Rapid breathing and breathing difficulties.
- Feeling very dizzy or passing out.
- A low body temperature.
- Slurred Speech.
- Clammy and cold and pale skin.
- Severe muscle pain.
- Chills and Shivering.
- Loss of consciousness.
Who’s at risk of having sepsis?
- You’ve recently had surgery for any illness. Whether it’s small or massive.
- Very young people.
- Elderly people.
- Weaken immune systems.
So what treatments are available for treating sepsis?
- Sometimes if you catch it early enough you will be given antibiotics and you can take them at home in your own environment.
- Hospital Admission.
- Intravenous fluids to keep you dehydrated and to make you stronger, to beat this infection.
- Oxygen to help you breathe as if you have sepsis your breathing will become difficult and you will be desperate for breath.
Recovery after having sepsis?
If you catch sepsis at the right time you will be able to make a good recovery fairly quickly but sometimes recovery can take it all depends on your current circumstances like:
- How bad the sepsis was.
- The person’s overall health.
- Whether you had to be admitted into the hospital with sepsis.
- Age of the person who had sepsis.
Please spread awareness for this awful illness as it has taken so many lives.
For more information on sepsis please take a look at these links below!
Love, Shannon Diana x
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