Tory Pereira- Sepsis Survivor
Copyright © 2015
I thought we were never getting out of the hospital, or leaving Vegas. From a business trip that was only supposed to last 4 days, lasted for a dreadful month. Everyday more life-threatening problems would arise and I didn’t think they would ever stop. We would take one step forward and three steps back for 25 days. I was in a very dark tunnel and I could not see the light at the end of it.
My dad flew into Vegas to surprise us for the second time on February 23, 2016. Our mission was to get me out of the hospital and home to my family. My dad arrived and immediately talked to Dr. Jaradat and asked him what needed to happen for me to get discharged.
At this point, my white blood cell count was still high but it was coming down. The only thing that was going to kill the rest of the bacteria in my body was the strong antibiotics I was on. They can only be administered through IV, hence why they wanted me to stay at the hospital and to monitor me. I was so fragile and no one wanted me to leave Desert Springs. Realistically, I should have stayed for another week or more but I was losing my mind so that wasn’t an option. I left the hospital with two drains; one coming out of my pelvis from the abscess drainage, and the other coming out of my stomach located next to my injury site.
My caseworker was throwing us with so many curve balls before I could be discharged. First they recommended I have home-health care set up at my parents house in Georgia. Then I needed to I have a general surgeon appointment already scheduled for the next week. My case was so crazy and no other surgeon would want to touch another surgeon's work, so we were nervous no one would take me. Luckily Dr. Schwab at WellStar Surgical agreed to taking on my case! That was checked off the list.
The last hurdle was getting Dr. Qureshi, my infectious disease doctor, to agree to letting me take my antibiotics orally. After hours of waiting, he appeared in my room late one night and delivered the best news ever. Dr. Qureshi said the bacteria left in my abdomen was yeast and approved of me taking my antibiotics orally!
February 25, 2016 was the happiest day of my life!!! I was finally being discharged from Desert Springs Hospital and leaving Las Vegas. The entire hospital could feel and hear my excitement! I seriously thought this day would never come.
After a year of recovery and writing through my blog, I am just now understanding exactly what my body and I went through. They were trying to tell me in the hospital and I was not comprehending anything. My only mission was to get out of the hospital. I did not understand in any way shape or form how serious the trauma I had just endured really was. I thought I could stand up and walk right out of that hospital, and little did I know, I couldn’t walk at all.
Thank y’all so much for reading my Septic Shock Story! My crazy hospital adventure is over so now the following posts will go into details about my road to recovery, leading up to how Sepsis Awareness United was founded! Those of you who don’t know, Sepsis Awareness United is the nonprofit organization my friends Will Dickman, Kevin Ulmer and I have started to raise awareness of SEPSIS to the world and also be a friend to other Sepsis Survivors. See everyone next week! God Bless.
Peace and Love,