how long is recovery,and what symptoms remain such as body pain, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and memory loss. I had sepsis and gall bladder removal, spent a week in icu,ten days hospitalized and still feel weak and unable to walk fifty feet without needing to sit. my legs and knees hurt, I sweat more than companions, I can watch a movie and completely miss segments according to my spouse. I am 63 was pretty active, now scared and couldn't remember how to work my coffee pot when I got home. it has been about 7 weeks..almost 2 months since my surgery, and I have heard everything from you should be ok now to it might take a year. my family doctor retired,and the place I went for followup gave me a nurse who didnt seem interested and did not even do blood work or touch me. I know I must find a good doctor, but I am exhausted and broke. I would love to hear anything from people with experience with sepsis. thanks so much for your time and input.
15 Feb 2015
I'm so glad I found this site. I had severe sepsis four weeks ago following the last stage of reconstruction for Breast cancer. I was in intensive care for three days and then on a ward for another ten days recovering. I had emergency surgery to remove a Breast implant, which was the site of the infection, several blood transfusions and the whole range of IV drugs and fluids which everyone on here will be familiar with. It is still early days for me both physically and psychologically. I am still bleeding from the site of the emergency surgery and need dressing changes every day. My bone marrow is also still struggling to make platelets to help my blood clot. I feel as though my whole life has changed and I fear the sepsis returning. I don't remember much about what happened to me in the first few days when in intensive care, but I have now started getting flashbacks, which are disturbing.
I didn't know much about sepsis before all of this happened to me, but now I want to know as much as possible, especially how long it might be before I fully recover. Reading everyone's posts on here has been so helpful and reassuring in that I know it is going to take me a good while to get over this and that seems to be normal after sepsis. It is good to know I'm not alone in what I'm feeling and struggling to cope with physically at this point in time. Stay strong everyone. Recovering from sepsis is not an easy road, but at least we are still alive to travel it. Others were not so lucky.
22 Feb 2013
My fiance is currently in the hospital, he is unconscious but responsive, he was diagnosed with sepsis caused by his gallbladder. Luckily his white cell count has come down and he is responding to sounds and people's voices. They say they can take his gallbladder when the infection is gone, but I'm worried as to why he hasn't regained consciousness yet. Is it normal to remain unconscious while having an infection? He's been unconscious for four days now, I need some advice.
10 Oct 2012
Everyone is very different, that is why you have heard so many different things. I would expect for it to likely take a year to be fully recovered and you may not be what you were before, completely. I know that isnt what you wanted to hear. Sepsis is a serious illness. You do need to find yourself a new PCP. It doesnt sound like the one you went to was very good. There are a few ways to try to find a new Dr. Word of mouth is a very good way. Ask family and friends if they like their physician and who they go to. You can also try calling your insurance company. If you have state assistance (sometimes private insurance provides as well) you should have a nurse case manager who can help you find a new Dr and help you with follow up. Call members services number on your card and ask. Many insurances have Dr referrals too. There are also doc finders online. 7 weeks is still pretty early in your recovery and I think you are expecting a lot of yourself to expect to be back to normal.
You may need follow up like a CT scan to see if there is anything going on in the brain to cause your memory and cognitive difficulties or if it was just after effects of medication and infection. Be persistant and proactive in your health and dont hesitate to insist your providers do more. they are working for you not doing you a favor. If they arent helping you, speak up, ask questions and insist they are answered (in a nice way but be persistant) They may not have all the answers now but they should be able to talk with you about what they do know. If you dont get what you want from one doc, go and see another!
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