I'm Jess. I'm 47 days sober today, and have 05 more days left in the hospital. On October 15th 2019 my boyfriend carried me into the ER I have no memory of it. I had toxin induced psychosis. I got a tube placed into my throat on the 17th, on the 24th I had heart surgery, it was endocarditis. I also had a collapsed lung, blood infection, an embolism, and pneumonia. They didn't think I would survive. 2 days later, on the 26th of October, after my surgery silently begging to get the tube removed, they took it out and I was conscious for the first time in 9 days. I was a drug addict... on heroin and meth for 10 years. It brought me to this. I want to inform the growing opioid epidemic in America that this disease, endocarditis, is not hard to get. People are not invincible. And anyone can get clean if I can get clean. I was the worst of the worst. I enjoyed my drugs, I wanted to keep doing my drugs, I thought I would keep doing my drugs my whole life. I didn't know what life was about. After only 30 days sober my mind is waking up and I'm glad to be alive and finally awake again after 10 years. Now I do have a problem though. When they went in and cleaned off my valve they didn't replaced it because I was too weak and too sick. In about 5 months or 6 months I need a new valve in my heart which is going to be very expensive. I worked at Denny's before I got sick. Also before I get my heart valve replaced my doctor says I need to get my teeth fixed because they can infect my heart. I don't normally ask things of people and it's kind of hard to ask you for this but I really do want to live and I really think my message needs to be heard. Thank you.
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