A year ago I had a really bad cold that got progressively worse over a week or so. I was aware I had some sort of chest infection but stupidly I neglected to go to see my doctor, thinking that I would soon recover. I couldnt have been more wrong. During the morning I was doing my chores at the stables when I think I had a blackout or I had collapsed but im not really sure what happened. I was alone and managed to drive to my friends resturant where I was working for the day. During the day I felt weak and struggled to carry on till it was time to go home.
At home I fell asleep on the sofa and remember having a pain in my back that felt like I had pulled a muscle. I woke up a few times to vomit and had a raging thirst and fever. During the night my daughter got into the bed with me as she was worried. This saved my life.
By early morning I was bleeding from my nose and mouth, my eyes and lips had gone blue, I couldnt breath and was in considerable pain.
My daughter aged 9 called the emergancy services and I was rushed to hospital.
I was diagnosed with Bacterial pneumonia which had caused sepsis. I was in intensive care for four weeks. My organs had started to fail and my skin turned yellow. My children were frightened to look at me. After a month of antibiotics, blood transfusions and breathing via tubes, I started to improve and was moved to the medical ward where I spent another month.
A year later and Im almost back to full health. I still have dizzy spells and get out of breath fairly quickly during excersise but other than that I feel great.
I guess I learned a lot during my time in hospital.......I value my life with my children so much now........I no longer take my life for granted and I enjoy every second of being healthy.