So I Had Surgery This Week… What To Do When You Have An Infection and How To Avoid Sepsis.

Hey Crohnies and Lucky Coiners,

It’s been a bit of a crazy week to say the least, that abscess at my groin came back with a vengeance and I ended up needing to get it surgically removed on Saturday! I have to admit that after having this done for the fourth time means I’m a bit of an old hat at getting them done but it still doesn’t help when you’re in pain and feeling sick due to the meds you’re on and obviously since just having had some minor surgery. 

I have to admit this time was nowhere near as bad as some of the others I’ve had removed as it didn’t need packed after the first day but it’s obviously still an open wound that doesn’t get stitched up and due to being at my groin pretty much every way I move hurts. Although faced with the alternative of having recurrent abscesses that require 2 weeks of antibiotics to settle for a month before flaring up again and the increased risk of sepsis, I’m really glad I went to A&E to get it sorted.

As many of you know I had sepsis last year after an abscess in my abdomen got a bit out of hand and led to blood poisoning, after doing some research I’ve realised how lucky I was to actually had my diagnosis in time and to be here today because it is notoriously hard to diagnose and often isn’t discovered until it is too late and can lead to organ failure and even death. 

According to NHS Choices, the symptoms of sepsis are below and if you experience these you should definitely call NHS 24 on 111 or if you or someone you know is in septic shock call 999.

Early symptoms of sepsis may include:

  • a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
  • chills and shivering
  • a fast heartbeat
  • fast breathing

In some cases, symptoms of more severe sepsis or septic shock (when your blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level) develop soon after. These can include:

  • feeling dizzy or faint
  • a change in mental state, such as confusion or disorientation
  • diarrhoea 
  • nausea and vomiting
  • slurred speech
  • severe muscle pain
  • severe breathlessness
  • less urine production than normal (for example, not urinating for a day)
  • cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin
  • loss of consciousness

I was lucky enough to have a team of doctors, surgeons and nurses (Hi Susan and Louise!) who are constantly keeping a close eye on my health and were very quick in telling me to go get it removed this time and in diagnosing me with sepsis last time, you might not have that kind of support and neither may your family and friends so it’s always wise to be aware of the signs and symptoms of such a deadly blood poisoning and know exactly what to do if you end up in that situation. 

I only spent from Friday to Sunday in hospital and got out with just some antibiotics and painkillers, alongside some stuff to help clean and dress my wound each day. (Of course this is something I’m not a fan of because there’s nothing sorer than dry plasters next to an open cut!) 

Due to being fasted, having a general anaesthetic and all my meds, it’s made me struggle to eat much and I’ve already felt much more confident in my clothing choices which is great as I’m still not quite at a point I’m happy with my weight. I’m going to try to keep making good choices when I do eat too so I don’t put the weight back on once I feel better. 

I am sadly still having lots of problems with my rectal stump with passing blood and clots so it’s looking nice more and more likely that I’m probably getting another surgery to remove that and get a “Barbie butt” in the near-ish future so I think I’m going to have to get used to not feeling my best for now. Please bear with me in terms of the business because I’m feeling so crappy that I’m really struggling to do anything at the moment but I promise to get back to work as soon as I’m ready and make  CrohnieClothing and Lucky Coin for CrohnieClothing  the best possible quality and trends I can. 
Much love as always,

Jen X

P.s. Enjoy this picture of my out my chops on morphine, it makes me laugh! 

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