Fundraising for Sepsis#SuckItSepsis

Imagine you’ve just had a new baby, you’re in that blissful bubble, consumed by love and adoration for this new human that your body grew. Your birth didn’t go as planned at all, it was traumatic and ended in a emergency c-section… but he’s here now. Your baby. Your everything. You’re here for him too. That’s all the matters.

Until one night you wake up, convinced of a huge bleed, shaking your partner awake in a panic only to discover that not only is it not blood, it’s an infection that has wrenched apart your new scar. The headaches, the haematoma, the fever that wouldn’t let up, the extreme cold and eventually the slurred speech and exhaustion.

I vaguely remember getting to the A&E, a sanitary towel held over my wound, trying to stop the flow of pus, trying to stay awake, trying not to breathe through my nose. I remember the nurse, so nonchalant and unphased until I lifted back the towel and the putrid fluid squirted across the room. I blacked out. She left the room to get the emergency staff. I remember my new baby, in his car seat next to me, crying as I sobbed whilst they drained the wound and my husband tried to calm us both, not quite used to this parenthood malarkey yet himself. It was advised that he didn’t stay with me, that he left with his dad to give me time to rest. Four days I stayed in the hospital. Four days of constant IV antibiotics that left me woozy. The fear. The separation.

Sepsis claims more than 6 million lives every year. It happens to so many people for a variety of reasons, it’s often missed but caught early it CAN be treated and we can reduce that number drastically.

How to spot sepsis:

Slurred speech or confusion
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Passing no urine (in a day)
Severe breathlessness
It feels like you’re going to die
Skin mottled or discoloured

I’m raising money to donate to The Sepsis Trust who raise awareness, support families who have been affected by sepsis and offer education to health professionals. With better research, increased public knowledge and more funding, we can beat this silent killer. Sepsis kills more people every year than Cancer yet receives significantly less funding and less publicity.

We can make a change. Share your story, share what you know about sepsis using the tag #SuckItSepsis


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Harriet Phoebe Shearsmith 
Malton, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom
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