We left home in the dark with the wolf moon shinning away. The dawn broke as we were on the M25
Arrived at the hospital and I was seen early and had my bloods taken.
Off I went to have my new PICC line in which is a operation this time. My veins are Petite,as the nurse said. It is weird I’m very tall 5ft 9ins, but everything is small, my ankles, wrists, feet (6) hands and everything inside hats why I had renal failure, my Urethra’s are small one blocked when I was two the other when I was 45.
Im saying this as everyone finds my veins are to small. I was all wrapped up in blue covering and she was really having such a great time cutting into the veins to push the Picc line feeder up.
A PICC line is a long thin, hollow flexible tube inserted in one of the veins of the arm. The length of the line depends on how tall you are and where the insertion site is. Usually, it is 38–52cm long. It has openings on both ends. The tip of the PICC sits in a big vein just outside your heart while at the other end around 5cm of the line comes out of your arm. The space inside the line is called a lumen. You may have one or two lumens. Not all patients are suitable for a PICC line and a nurse specialist or doctor will assess you before inserting a line. Sometimes a small ooze of blood may be noticed on the insertion site.
The specialist nurse scanned my arm first with an ultrasound machine. This helped to find the right size and type of vein to place the PICC line in. This is a painless process. My arm was then cleaned with antiseptic solution and covered with sterile drape. The nurse then injected a local anaesthetic to numb the insertion site. I did not feel any pain during the procedure. just stinging and pushing not to bad,on the insertion site while the specialist nurse was working. The procedure will took about approximately 20–30 minutes. A statlock (which holds the PICC in place) and a transparent, breathable dressing was applied on the insertion site to secure the PICC. A chest X-ray was also be taken to confirm that the tip of the PICC is in the tight position.
I was then free to go back to see my Doctor.
When she called me we disused how I felt and she told me the bug was Sepsis. She then saw the rash which has got bad this week and wasn’t happy. She spoke to the Trial Team and they said I shouldn’t have the drug this week.
I was disappointed but I do understand. they have to work out whether I have had enough of the drug and that the Immune system might have gone into over drive, but at least give my body chance to recover from the Bug and antibiotics. It might be the antibiaotics that have given me the rash. they just dont know yet.
She has given me a prescription for Dermovate Cream (Clobetasol PropionateA steroid Cream which is working already after 1 application and the itching is better already.
I then went round and had my scan but because I wasnt going back to see the Doctor I dont know the result.
I have an appointment to go On Tuesday to show how the Rash is doing and to discuss my whether I have the drug the next week. I will also know the result of my scan
As this has hit the headlines tonight I thought I should put it here in my blog as the signs are what I was describing for months now. So it shows it does get missed. and the poor baby in the news did die. Introduction
Sepsis is a common and potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection.
In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions including widespread inflammation, swelling and blood clotting. This can lead to a significant decrease in blood pressure, which can mean the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys is reduced.
If not treated quickly, sepsis can eventually lead to multiple organ failure and death.
Each year in the UK, it is estimated that more than 100,000 people are admitted to hospital with sepsis and around 37,000 people will die as a result of the condition.
Signs and symptoms of sepsis
Early symptoms of sepsis usually develop quickly and can include:
- a high temperature (fever)
- 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
- confusion or disorientation
- nausea and vomiting
- cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin
Read more about the symptoms of sepsis.
When to seek medical advice
See your GP immediately if you have recently had an infection or injury and you have possible early signs of sepsis.
Severe sepsis and septic shock are medical emergencies. If you think that you or someone in your care has one of these conditions, call 999 and ask for an ambulance.
Read more about diagnosing sepsis.
Who’s at risk?
Anyone can develop sepsis after an injury or minor infection, although some people are more vulnerable. People most at risk of sepsis include those:
- with a medical condition or receiving medical treatment that weakens their immune system
- who are already in hospital with a serious illness
- who are very young or very old
- who have just had surgery or who have wounds or injuries as a result of an accident
Read more about the causes of sepsis.
How sepsis is treated
If sepsis is detected early and has not yet affected vital organs, it may be possible to treat the infection at home with antibiotics. Most people who have sepsis detected at this stage will make a full recovery.
Some people with severe sepsis and most people with septic shock require admission to an intensive care unit (ICU), where the body’s organs can be supported while the infection is treated.
As a result of problems with vital organs, people with severe sepsis are likely to be very ill and the condition can be fatal. However, if identified and treated quickly, sepsis is treatable and in most cases leads to full recovery with no lasting problems.
Read more about treating sepsis.
Sepsis, septicaemia and blood poisoning
Sepsis is often referred to as either blood poisoning or septicaemia, although it could be argued that both terms are not entirely accurate. Sepsis is not just limited to the blood and can affect the whole body, including the organs.
Septicaemia (another name for blood poisoning) refers to invasion of bacteria into the bloodstream and this occurs as part of sepsis. Sepsis can also be caused by viral or fungal infections, although bacterial infections are by far the most common cause.