Tory Pereira- Sepsis Survivor
“SEPSIS is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.”
WHAT CAUSES SEPSIS?
ARE CERTAIN PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO GET SEPSIS?
HOW MANY PEOPLE GET SEPSIS?
I was 8% body fat leaving the hospital. After a year and 6 months of eating 6 meals a day, walking and practicing yoga daily, I am a happy 12.7% body fat in the picture above.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SEPSIS
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT SEPSIS?
National Institute of Health: https://www.nigms.nih.gov/education/pages/factsheet_sepsis.aspx
To learn more about SEPSIS please visit www.sepsisunited.org! I am so blessed to still be alive today to share my Septic Shock Story in hopes to make people more alert about this lethal condition and it's signs and symptoms. The goal is to save more lives! I hope everyone has an awesome week. God Bless!
Peace and Love,
Life after Sepsis is my new normal of life. When I left the hospital I hoped I would feel 100% like the old Tory again, physically and mentally. I didn't feel anything like myself. Being as weak and as fragile I was, only skin and bones was scary. Having this huge cloud in my brain, brain fog was frightening because I couldn’t think straight. I couldn’t remember anything about the world. I had a BA in psychology and a minor in sociology but yet I couldn’t think of the letters to spell the word “acknowledge.” My brother made a comment about Arnold Schwarzenegger and I had no idea who he was talking about.
I didn't even understand the trauma I went through or that I went into septic shock. My mom had to tell me a few times what happened in Vegas. Every time she told me it was like I was hearing the story for the first time, and I would cry because I couldn’t believe I went through something so traumatic. All I knew was I had a huge scar doing down my belly and I had a long way to go in my recovery. My nurse said you probably won't feel like yourself for another year, I didn't believe her but she was right.
Today, I still do not have my energy back 100% so I take a nap a day to make it through. I drink green tea, raspberry passion tea and hibiscus rose tea from Yogi to help give me energy throughout the day. I have lost 90% of my long term memory and my short term memory is still bad but I see improvements, which I am extremely thankful for. When I try to think of the past or any thoughts at all I just have a blank screen in my head.
With the re-routing of my stomach it went back to the functionality of a baby, so I have to eat every two hours or my stomach will hurt. I thought after gaining weight I wouldn’t have to continue eating every two hours, but I think this is how my new stomach will always function.
Yoga and essential oils have definitely brought me back to life from my trauma and my septic shock experience. I have gained a lot of strength back through practicing yoga daily. I call it Yoga After Sepsis because yes I’ve been practicing yoga for years but I started over after my accident. My scar was tight so I couldn't touch my toes or lift my hands above my head.
Life after sepsis hasn’t been the easiest but surviving my trauma made me a stronger person. My life is definitely different but I am thankful for going through it because I know I can conquer anything I set my mind to! Thank you so much for reading my Septic Shock Story! I am so thankful to still be alive and to raise awareness of SEPSIS through my experience. Hope y'all have a blessed week.
Peace and Love,
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