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my son died from septic shock,while being treated for leukemia.should i look for an atty.?


Leukemia patients have no immune system and unfortunatly are incredably high risk for infection, especially when neutropenic.
Last year, while neutropenic at home I developed a fever. I called as soon as the fever presented, was in the hospital 30 mins later, and about an hour after that I was in ICU in septic shock on life support. They thought I was going to die and at one point told my family they needed to prepare my post death arrangments because my burial location is out of state from where I live.
I did pull through. And this may be hard to hear, but your son may be better off that he died. I dont mean that to be disrespectful, but I have had an incredably hard time dealing with what happened to me. Even though I was on life support, I was still alive and my brain was still functioning, and still processing every stimuli around me. They had pumped about 60 lbs of fluid in me trying to stablize my bp and my eyes were swollen open, so my brain was processing everything I saw as well. I was in ICU for 2.5 weeks, and the whole time I was having dreams/hallucinations, and most of them were fairly scary. I woke up thinking I was in a different hospital because the building had collapsed in my hospital. When in reality my brain just needed a way to explain why I was in a room I didnt recognize. I had hallucinated that I was being raped by my nurses, when in reality they were inserting a folly (urinary catheter). I had one dream where I had been kidnapped and tied down, when in reality they had restrained my arms to keep me from pulling at the tubes. There were many more, and most of them were scary.
Over a year later I have to see my psychologist once a week because I am dealing with ptsd. Its very hard. And while I am thankful that I am alive, I wish that I had died during that time because this is soo hard sometimes. I cant sleep because I have recurrent night mares of the dreams/hallcuniations that I had. I completly flip out everytime I have to be admitted to the hospital. I cant leave the house alone. Im really having a hard time. And I do not want to sound disrespectful because thats not my point, but I would consider your son lucky that he doesnt have to live with that.  (+ info)

My 1 yr old daughter got MRSA and we did not catch it intime she was in septic shock?


My daughter got the mrsa infection in her knee there was no signs except she was not walking is there any way that she could get sick again in that leg since they were able to irradicate the infection from the joint . She is not 2 and she is doing fine just dont want any set backs . we have brought her to the drs since they have diagnosed her with Oseomelitice in her knee . Any Comments may help .
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Hello
Kids are very worry some!
Osteo is a very difficult infection to treat and i am sure that this has not been pleasant for You.
Of course they are going to have her back, for x-rays to make sure that it does not reoccur.
In the last week I have responded extensively to MRSA questions, with respects to recurrence.
I invite you go to search and review them.
If any questions develop, just e-mail me.
I am glad to hear that she is improving.  (+ info)

My 16 year old sis is in septic shock i don't fully understand & is it wrong that i don't want to see her?


my sister is 16. she has been in the hospital for 2 days. she got a bad infection, and our parents didn't take her to doctor. Our mom said that because the infection went so long without being treated, she got a blood infection and that's why she is so sick now. Today, the doctors said my sister is in septic shock . They are holding out that she won't go into a coma. I don't know what this means but my grandparents told me it is a very serious blood infection and he could die if she goes into a coma. Also, if she goes into a coma even if she lives it could mean she would have brain damage. At the hospitals, he was sleeping and I didn't go in her room, even though my grandparents begged me to go and see her and kiss her, I didn't want to because I didnt want to look at her like that! they said her kidneys are starting to fail. can she live from a septic shock?? i don't even fully understand what it is. and is it wrong that i didn't go in there and see her.
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Septic shock is a build up of infection in her system; this causes her kidneys to fail. Septic shock has a 50% mortality rate, though she can pull out of it.

I don't think it's wrong for you not wanting to see her that way. I didn't want to see my grandmother that way, either. But I'd go in and let her know you're there because you might regret it later.  (+ info)

my 16 year old sis is in septic shock i don't fully understand & is it wrong that i don't want to see her?


my sister is 16. she has been in the hospital for 2 days. she got a bad infection, and our parents didn't take her to doctor. Our mom said that because the infection went so long without being treated, she got a blood infection and that's why she is so sick now. Today, the doctors said my sister is in septic shock . They are holding out that she won't go into a coma. I don't know what this means but my grandparents told me it is a very serious blood infection and he could die if she goes into a coma. Also, if she goes into a coma even if she lives it could mean she would have brain damage. At the hospitals, he was sleeping and I didn't go in her room, even though my grandparents begged me to go and see her and kiss her, I didn't want to because I didnt want to look at her like that! they said her kidneys are starting to fail. can she live from a septic shock?? i don't even fully understand what it is. and is it wrong that i didn't go in there and see her.
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My sister had septic shock before too, and we still don't know how it happened. She's fine now, it coincided with her hospitalization for meningitis, and that was years ago now already.

I know you're scared, it's never cool to see a trusted family member not be themselves, especially when it's serious.

As for what your grandparents are telling you... you might want to hear the doctor's take on it instead. Remember that they are just as upset (who knows, maybe even more upset) as you are, and their judgment might be cloudy. I know in my family when something bad happens, certain members of the family seem to always expect the worst.

Let me pray for you, it's the least I can do.  (+ info)

My 16 year old sister is in septic shock i don't fully understand & is it wrong that i don't want to see her?


my sister is 16. she has been in the hospital for 2 days. she got a bad infection, and our parents didn't take her to doctor. Our mom said that because the infection went so long without being treated, she got a blood infection and that's why she is so sick now. Today, the doctors said my sister is in septic shock . They are holding out that she won't go into a coma. I don't know what this means but my grandparents told me it is a very serious blood infection and he could die if she goes into a coma. Also, if she goes into a coma even if she lives it could mean she would have brain damage. At the hospitals, he was sleeping and I didn't go in her room, even though my grandparents begged me to go and see her and kiss her, I didn't want to because I didnt want to look at her like that! they said her kidneys are starting to fail. can she live from a septic shock?? i don't even fully understand what it is. and is it wrong that i didn't go in there and see her.
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Im not sure what it is either. But no, it isn't bad that you don't want to see her, it might make you sad or scared to see her in that condition. That is totally ok. I hope she gets better!:)  (+ info)

whats the odds of someone with a septic infection going into septic shock?


Hi,

My momwent to the hospital for what she thought was a kidney infection well they have kept her for a few days now and told her that her infection is septic.......They are treating her with antibiotics and pain medication. Her white count has went down from 12.7 to 11.2 the nurse said today. They gave her a oxygen treatment today to get her oxygen backup to 100%.......I've read alot of bad things about septic and its starting to freakme out she lives in ky and I live in florida. I guess i'm wondering if its being treated does she have a good chance of notgoing into shock? Also she is a diabetic please intelligent caring answers only.
her blood pressure is running low and I don't knowwhat her blood cultures showed besides her cell count. and if her white cell count isn't that high why are they treating it as such a serious case? No she isn't inICU she is in a regular room with just nurses taking her stats every so often and giving her meds.
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While the above answers are good they are incomplete. Newer research has shown that sepsis is just part of a continuum (called "SIRS)--there are not discrete stages but one long cascade. It is impossible to anticipate when one will enter into the next phase; even with treatment such as antibiotics, fluids & drugs. Contrary to popular belief, a declining white count is not always a good sign & CAN indicate advancing sepsis (the chemicals released in sepsis depress the bone marrow from producing more white cells & the ones in circulation are not in circulation but at the sites of the infections--like HIV also decreases white cells). Having diabetes complicates things of course.

I do not want to freak you out but you deserve more than just platitudes--you need to know all the options & possibilites. You need to schedule a phone conference with her doctor and have a good discussion. I would also consider clearing some space & flying out to talk & see your mom as well. Sometimes just seeing someone is a tremendous help to both sides. Hopefully your mom will recover without any more complications. Best wishes.  (+ info)

My dad is in the hospital, he got septic shock and he might die?


He has been in the hospital for 2 days. He got a bad infection, and he didn't see his doctor. My aunt said that because the infection went so long without being treated, he got a blood infection and that's why he is so sick now. Today, the doctors said my dad is in septic shock . They are holding out that he won't go into a coma. I don't know what this means but my grandparents told me it is a very serious blood infection and he could die if he goes into a coma. Also, if he goes into a coma even if he lives it could mean he would have brain damage. At the hospital, he was sleeping and I didn't go in his room, even though my grandparents begged me to go and see him and kiss him, I didn't want to because I didnt want to look at him! My grandparents are very upset right now, and they have been crying all day. I hope they arent upset with me, but I don't know what to do!!! Im afraid that my grandparents are mad at me and think it's my fault my he isn't getting better.
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Sepsis means the infection has gone all over his body. The shock part is just the body's response to the very big infection. Your Dad is very sick,the doctor's are hoping his body and organs are strong enough to fight off the infection. The doctor will give him antibiotics by IV, and fluids, and treat his symptoms one by one as they arise.
It is not your fault. Nothing is your fault. It isn't your Dad's fault, either, he could not have known he would get so sick by ignoring an infection. You could not possibly be blamed for anything.
A coma is when we are un-naturaly asleep, and can't be awakened. It is not death, we still breathe, our heart beats. It is nature's way of making us rest, to give us a chance to heal. It also is sign about how sick a person is. A person in a coma is very sick.
Why wouldn't you go see your Dad? Are you angry because he got so sick?
Please get over it and go see him, if just for a minute. It would make him feel better to know you are OK. People who are very sick need all the love and support they can get, it really helps. There are scientific studies that say so, and your Grandparents know this too. That is why they want you to see him. And good old common sense says that, too. People who have the love of their family, or even have one, have something to fight for, something to get better to go home to.
Your Grandparents are crying because they are worried about you, and your Dad.
Go see him, and lend your support.
Hope your Dad does OK.  (+ info)

how long does is take to recover from septic shock?


feb .24/09 I was admitted to the hosptal for kidney stones which turned into septic shock.I was in the hospital fo a week..Turned blue,got pneumonia..and developed red spots on my back.Fever of 104.Its been three weeks now(Im home) but very tired all the time and my blood pressure has been staying low..Ive been on cipro..1000 milograms a day..and ave to go for lithotryspy next week..When can I expect to regain my strength..
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what is septic shock, and how would you know?


Septic shock is a serious condition that occurs when an overwhelming infection leads to low blood pressure and low blood flow. The brain, heart, kidneys, and liver may not work properly or may fail. Septic shock occurs most often in the very old and the very young. It also occurs in people who have other illnesses.

Any type of bacteria can cause septic shock. Fungi and (rarely) viruses may also cause the condition. Toxins released by the bacteria or fungus may cause tissue damage, and may lead to low blood pressure and poor organ function. Many researchers believe that abnormal blood clots in small arteries cause the lack of blood flow and poor organ function.The toxins also cause a strong inflammatory response from the body, which contributes to septic shock.
Symptoms include: High or very low temperature, chills, lightheadedness, Shortness of breath, Palpitations, Restlessness, agitation, lethargy, or confusion, Rapid heart rate, Low blood pressure (especially when standing),
Low urine output (due to kidney failure)  (+ info)

What drugs do you use to treat the following types of shock?


(I mean specifically inotropes/drugs pls)
- Hypovolemic = replace volume/electolytes, then?
- Cardiogenic = which inotropes/chromotropes?
- Septic = Antobiotic + supportive measurements then what inotropes/etc favored?
- Anaphylactic = Adrenaline infusion then?
Spinal = What is the treatment / drugs?

Thanks
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(1) for cardiogenic and hypovolomic shock
normal saline and atropine- Medicines such as dopamine, dobutamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine may be needed to increase blood pressure and the amount of blood pumped out of the heart (cardiac output).
(2)for septi shock
* Drugs to treat low blood pressure, infection, or blood clotting which haparine,flucloxaciline, epinephrine.
* Fluids by a vein (intravenously)


* Oxygen
* Surgery
* Support for any poorly functioning organs
for anaphlactic shock
Mild cutaneous reaction will respond to intravenous or L M. adrenaline, 0. 5 ml 1: 1000 and to antihistamine.

Adrenaline, 0.5 ml 1:1000 intravenously also can be injected in remote areas (outreach of the medical facilities) by a special pen

Hydro cortisone, 500 mg, intravenously

Aminophylline 500 mgs IN. 6 hourly  (+ info)

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