Sepsis? What the Hell Is Sepsis? by Bill Roberts

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Sepsis? What the Hell Is Sepsis?
In the middle of December I caught a small cold, or so I thought.
Oh well, it would pass in a few days.
But it didn't.
And then I developed a urinary tract infection. It was obvious because

of the pain and odor.
Oh well, I've had that before too. No worry. It too would pass.
But it didn't.
And then between the holidays I fell twice. It seems that my sense of

balance had been affected by my illness.
All during this episode my wife was after me to go to Urgent Care.
Of course I didn't do it.
I would get better on  my own.
But another 10 days saw no improvement.
Finally, I gave in to my wife's wishes and went to the Urgent Care.
I thought they would give me a prescription for an antibiotic and send

me home.

It is never that easy

Surprise! They admitted me to the hospital.
They said I had sepsis and ALL my organs were in danger of shutting

down.
Ok, they scared me sufficiently.
While in the hospital I saw a parade of doctors (four or five in total).

They each asked me what brought me to the hospital that day.
I answered "My wife."
And each of them said "Of course, that is the answer we get from all

men."
Yesterday I had follow up visits with my Urologist and my Internist.
I told my Internist about these questions and answers. He said ALL

men suffer from this, and if it weren't for our women we would surely

die sooner. He even mentioned that other physicians are subject to

this same way of thinking. He told me about another Internist that was

having a heart attack on the job and wouldn't admit it. Fortunately my

guy wouldn't take no for an answer. He saved his life.

What I Learned

So my take-away from this experience is that we (all of you guys) must

take better care of ourselves (and listen to our wives). There is no

heroics needed here. Just common sense.

BTW I'm feeling better, but not completely back to normal. My doctor

said I would need about a month to recuperate completely. His rule of

thumb is one week for each day in the hospital. Four days equates with

four weeks of taking it easy (and taking your medicine).
I want to thank my friends on ActiveRain for reaching out to me,

especially Mr. Bob Stewart ... Thank you very much.
I hope you can learn from my experience. Listen to your wife. She

knows best.

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Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
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Hi Susan Haughton I am so sorry to hear about your friend's husband. In truth, I never heardd of sepsis before this episode. Now my awareness is at its peak. Fortunately we have very good health care through my wife's Blue Cross/ Blue Shield PPO plan. We go to Scripps in La Jolla, which is among the nation's very best.

Thank you for your wishes.

Bill Roberts

Jan 23, 2017 06:08 AM #27
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Bill I heard of the disease... glad you are OK.... loved the analogy every day  in the hospital translates to a week of recovery.... ouch.... wishing you a quicker recovery, Endre

Jan 26, 2017 07:10 PM #28
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Thanks Endre Barath, Jr. She took vacation time to care for me, but she is back to work again so I am able to "escape" the house a few hours each day. I'm still taking it easy but these beautiful blue sky days are beckoning me.

Bill Roberts

Jan 27, 2017 08:05 AM #29
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Lisa Von Domek
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Hello Bill Roberts very happy to hear that you are on the mend.  If only men would listen to their wives more often...there is a reason we are called "their better half". 

Take care and listen to your wife!

Jan 29, 2017 09:02 AM #30
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Bill Roberts
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Yes Lisa Von Domek This is a universal problem. So if we want to live, we better listen.

All I can say is Thank God for my wife.

Bill Roberts

Jan 30, 2017 07:46 AM #31
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Posted before, Bill Roberts ... but just checking to see how you're doing??  Hope the healing is positive and moving along steadily ...

Gene

Jan 30, 2017 02:26 PM #32
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Lou Ludwig
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Bill Roberts I hope your feeling better and getting back on track.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 30, 2017 05:58 PM #33
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Thank you Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi Yes, I'm doing well.

Bill Roberts

Jan 31, 2017 06:37 AM #34
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Thank you Lou Ludwig I am on track.

Bill Roberts

Jan 31, 2017 06:39 AM #35
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Hi Bill - didn't know where you had gone but I am so glad you are back with your sense of humor.  I think we should all tell our wives how much we appreciate them!

Feb 01, 2017 10:37 AM #36
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Yes Grant Schneider Tell them we appreciate them, for sure, BUT also listen to them (if we want to live longer).

Bill Roberts

Feb 02, 2017 08:27 AM #37
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Joan Cox
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My goodness Bill, you SHOULD listen to your wife, she CARES about you!   Glad you are on the mend!  

Feb 05, 2017 04:00 PM #38
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Bill

I hope is all well with your.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 05, 2017 07:21 PM #39
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Oh my Joan Cox , I do listen to her. ALL THE TIME. But, you are right, she cares and I need to pay attention. Thank you.

Bill Roberts

Feb 06, 2017 11:34 AM #40
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I hope you are not going to be offended, but I was both sad and laughing reading this. I have a friend who is a doctor, and he told me that he woke up in the meddle of the night and severe heartburn, and reach for ame common heartburn medicine and went back to bed, and then suddenly realized that it could be a heart attack. His son rushed him to the hospital, and yes, he had a heart attack. Should he wait a little longer hoping that it would pass on its own, he might not be lucky.

But it is funny that we need our wives to push us to, basically, live. Are we just cowards, or what?

Feb 15, 2017 02:11 PM #41
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Hello. I stopped by to see what was going on with you. So sorry to hear about this. Is this like asking for directions? :) 

Are you feeling better? Take care of yourself. I must admit I'm as stubborn about going to the doctor. Glad you finally did!

Mar 23, 2017 08:48 PM #42
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Hi Maddie Mimi Foster I  guess you put your finger on it. That is the way men are, to their detriment.

As for me, Yes. I'm doing fine after my two hospital stays. I've always said that most of die in the hospital so I want to stay away from there.

I hope ypou are doing well, as well. You've been quiet for a while. Does that mean another book?

Bill Roberts

Mar 25, 2017 10:11 AM #43
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Mimi Foster
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More importantly, many people get sick there, so avoid it like the plague unless you can't - which it appears you absolutely needed to go. 

I've been around recently (I think). Was going full steam ahead on the next book when real estate came crashing back. Not sure the exact number, but I've taken about 17 listings over the past few weeks to come on the market over the next few months (as tenants move out). It's been crazy. Just posted about my newest one.

I've gotten good at writing in the wee hours of the morning, so hopefully I'm not too delayed on the next publication. 

Are you back up and running at almost full speed? Do you have your strength back? Thanks for the 'hello.' Keep in touch!

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Hope you are fine by now. It was not nice to laugh, but you made me laugh. Well, will be listening to my wife... Actually, I am already doing it :)

Apr 09, 2018 11:30 PM #45
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Thanks for coming around again Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL And laughing is good.

 

Bill Roberts

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