I woke up on my landing so crawled back to bed; I was now very hot and the pain in my head neck arms and legs was very bad. I then started to throw up blood and my breathing became very erratic. We called NHS Direct who advised me to go to A&E.
I was seen very quickly and then moved to resusc where it was explained to me they wanted to put a tube down for the night to give me a rest as I was getting very tired. At this point I only thought my pneumonia was back. I was transferred to the critical care unit within University Hospital North Tees.
My family were told I had a massive massive pneumonia and septicaemia throughout my system and advised them to allow a drug called Xygris which I stayed on for 90 hours.
I was on a ventilator for 11 days and stayed in critical care for two weeks.
When I woke I had lost all movement from the neck down and had to undergo a lot of physio. I was discharged from hospital on the 15th November.
I am happy to say I don’t have any lasting effects from the septicaemia, but do have a lovely scar at the side of my mouth from the ventilator which I don’t mind because it’s part of my history!! I did have memory problems for a year and can’t remember the early parts of my daughter’s life but that is all coming back now.
Joanne Louise Williams