Hi last year my partner found me collapsed in our flat. I was rushed to hospital where I slipped into a coma which lasted for two weeks I was also ventalited as I had double pheomia. At first the medical team could not wake me out of the coma and it was touch and go with my family and love ones told I only had a 10% chance of survival. If my partner had been a little later in finding me I would have died. I have no memory of that night except for the terrible halutinations I had before I slipped into the coma. These continued after I woke up this time due to the drugs I was on. In the third week in ICU I was taken of the ventilator and given a temp tracheostomy
In total I spent five weeks in ICU. I couldn't walk or write I couldn't speak due to the trachie and due to muscle weakness I couldn't write so had no way of communicating. I then developed a DVT in my left leg which had travelled to my groin by the time it was discovered. In total I was in hospital for two months. I was not warned of the after effects from sepsis. I had long hair past my shoulders but about a month after I got home I noticed that I was losing my hair! It was so bad I was afraid to wash or brush it as it was falling out in clumps my finger nails became very brittle and broken and my skin dry and sore.
The worst part for me was losing my hair I know that sounds vane and I was lucky to be alive but as a woman losing my hair was like losing my identity. I also have big gaps in my memory and I can not remember very little of the weeks leading up to my collapse. I now have terrible short term memory and on going issues due to bladder damage from being cathertised for six weeks and lung damage I also have circulation problems due to the DVT. It will be a year this month since I contracted sepsis and I am still struggling with the after effects. My hair is now growing back but I fear I will never be the same.