INTRODUCTION / BIO
In November 2015, at the end of a routine week at work, I had a heavy cold and a migraine. 48 hours later I was in ICU, with my family and friends being told I would not survive the weekend. My diagnosis was meningococcal septicaemia.
I was a patient in ICU for 7 weeks, and in 2 different hospitals. 4 months later I returned home, as an amputee.
During the next 3 years I had more surgery, with 3 more stays in hospital. I came to terms with my changed life, but was still uncertain of parts of my future. June 2018 marked a turning point, and my story changes to one of recovery afterwards.
My life is a lot more positive now. I am trying to make more purpose from my life. "Life is good" was a motto I started for myself after I left ICU, and I still try to think that.
I am trying to raise awareness of Sepsis. It's difficult fitting this in with a full time job, and reduced energy levels ! I have been lecturing to nursing staff, and I am still trying to write a book from all the notes I made along my journey.
As of 2018, 46,000 people a year die of Sepsis. I was very nearly one of those, but I am doing what I can to try and prevent a few more.