Tory Pereira- Sepsis Survivor
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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,