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
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
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
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