Tory Pereira- Sepsis Survivor
Copyright © 2015
February 18th, I woke up today feeling like it was going to be a good one. I could feel it in my bones. The first thing we did was give me a sponge bath from head to toe. The warm water felt amazing on my skin, and the smell of patchouli made me smile.
About an hour later a grin appeared on my mom’s face as she was looking out of the window at the snowy mountains of Vegas. A few moments later four of the most handsome men I have ever seen come walking in my room! These were the paramedics who saved my life on February 1st!!!!
There was a nice woman at the Fire Station where the paramedics worked, and she called the hospital throughout my coma asking for my status. The doctors couldn’t report anything to her so she told my mom to call her when I woke up. The paramedics who saved my life, wanted to come see me and meet me in person! How freaking cool! Paramedics never get to see the end result after helping someone and they were so baffled how a healthy 22 year old female had all of a sudden flatlined in a restaurant.
Four handsome men walked up to bed and their 20 firefighter friends stood in the hallway outside of my room. They started asking me questions about what happened and why I went into cardiac arrest.
That is still the scary mystery of my story. After a year later, I still do not know what caused my duodenum to perforate. I have no memory of the night I went into septic shock.
The paramedics made the comment, “Wow, you are on the strongest antibiotics on the market.” They were surprised at how many antibiotics I had and how many bags with IV’s I was hooked up to.
Michael Cheney was the first guy who got to me that unfortunate night. They did not stop giving me chest compressions even when I had no pulse for minutes. This group of awesome paramedics are the reason I am still alive today and I got to meet my superheroes in person!
I still text with one of the paramedics today, Michael Cheney. The first time I sent him a message it was in August and I wanted to tell him I was still alive and doing a lot better in my recovery!
He told me he remembered that day like it was yesterday, and he was grateful that I have my life and health back. He feels very humbled that he could make a difference in my life. He also said it’s never too often to see miraculous things in his career, and he’s fortunate that he could be there for me! My heart smiled so big.
I still do not know the off duty police officer’s name who helped saved my life as well but THANK YOU! Thank you kind sir for being at Paymon’s on February 1, 2016 at 5:30pm and giving me the chest thrusts I needed to survive. I hope one day I will find out who you are and tell you how thankful I am!
I ended the amazing day of February 18th by walking by myself without my cane! This was the BEST day in our 25 day hospital adventure!
Thank you everyone so much for donating and reading about my Septic Shock Story. This is my favorite post and I could't wait to share. I have recently learned the definition of Sepsis has changed in 2016, for the third time. The new Sepsis definition states: Sepsis focuses in on infection with organ dysfunction. Here in the Sepsis community we are still learning new facts about this deadly disease daily. My goal is to raise awareness so I will keep you informed! Have an awesome week. See y'all next Monday!
Peace and Love,