A nurse who thought she had an ugly winter worm was given only one hour to live on Christmas Day, when her influence turned into a deadly sepsis.
Jessica Dlugasch, 38, was found hallucinated and trembling on the bedroom floor by her husband, Aaron, on December 25, 2016. She was admitted to the hospital.
The doctors told the mother-of-two to have a sepsis – caused by the fact that the immune system responds abnormally to an infection – and she the next hour was crucial.
Passing vital time, Mrs Dlugasch, of Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, who spent six days in intensive care before being released on New Year's Day, said, "I'm lucky to be alive.
He said: "It was the holidays and it was supposed to be a family moment to celebrate, but instead I was in hospital a step away from death".
Jessica Dlugasch, 38, was told to have a life time when it was confirmed that she had a sepsis on Christmas Day 2016. On top, with her son, Benjiman
Ms. Dlugasch, who works as a nurse, has been affected by the flu despite being vaccinated against her. The doctors prescribed the drugs two days before Christmas. Above, when he was in the hospital with sepsis
Mrs. Dlugasch was sent home on New Year's Day after six days of intensive care. Above, with her family, her husband Aaron Dlugasch and two children
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that manifests itself when the body's response to an infection causes damage to its tissues and organs.
It leads to shock, multi-organ failure and, potentially, to death especially if not recognized early and treated promptly.
Mrs. Dlugasch even struggled to turn her head on December 23, 2016 after being hit by the flu, despite having been vaccinated against her.
With a temperature of 39 ° C – two degrees above normal – she was rushed to the local hospital emergency room, where doctors confirmed they had influence.
Prescribed drugs, Mrs Dlugasch was sent home, hoping to enjoy Christmas and Hanukkah with her husband, grandmother and two children, Benjamin, now five, and Aviva, now three.
But her condition worsened, culminating with her husband who discovered his shivers, blue and hallucinations in their bedroom on Christmas morning.
"I was in a bad way", he recalls. "My temperature was 105 ° F (40.5 ° C), compared to a normal temperature of 37 ° C and I felt absolutely horrible.
"Finding me in bed, Aaron called me an ambulance and I was taken to the Capital Health Hospital in Hopewell, New Jersey, where we lived at the time."
Emergency blood tests showed that its organs were producing high levels of lactic acid which, according to the Sepsis alliance, may be an indication of sepsis.
Mrs. Dlugasch's husband of 12 years had the shocking news of the earth – his wife would have remained only one hour of life.
"The doctors confirmed that I was in a septic shock and, because my fever had been so high, they really thought I could die," he recalled.
"I was given oxygen because the flu had caused the collapse of a lung and was pumped with four types of antibiotics, only to get rid of the infection.
"I was in a bad situation, with hallucinations again and a lot of pain."
Mrs. Dlugasch's husband, Aaron Dlugasch, could not help but visit his 12-year-old wife in the hospital with a mask, a gown and a shoe protector, and their children could not visit at all
"I felt like I was waiting to die. It was terrifying and lonely ": Mrs. Dlugasch wants to raise awareness of the symptoms of sepsis
Wearing the morphine for her pain, Ms. Dlugasch went through the crucial hour and remained in the intensive care unit for six days.
According to the United Kingdom Sepsis Trust, sepsis can occur in response to any infection or injury, in any part of the body, including a chest infection that causes pneumonia.
Symptoms include slurred speech or confusion, extreme shivering or muscle pain, absence of urine, severe dyspnea, feeling of death and cracked or discolored skin.
Mrs. Dlugasch recalled: "They thought I was so contagious that Aaron could only enter my private room with a mask, a gown and shoe guards, which meant that our children could not even visit, which was just horrible. "
After regaining her strength, on December 30, Ms. Dlugasch was transferred out of the intensive care unit into a less acute department, where she remained on New Year's Eve, the first she had spent away from Aaron in their 16-year relationship.
Instead, the devout couple saw together in 2017, staying on the phone all night.
He added: "We kept the phone on all night, even if he or I were sleeping, just so we could be together."
Then, dismissed on New Year's Day, Mrs. Dlugasch surprised her children and was delighted to be home with her family.
Now he wants to raise awareness of sepsis, which kills five people every hour in the United Kingdom.
He said: "I want to raise awareness of sepsis and make sure other people recognize the symptoms.
"I was very lucky to do it, but I felt I was waiting to die. It was terrifying and lonely. "
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WHAT IS SEPSIS?
Sepsis occurs when the body reacts to an infection by attacking its organs and tissues.
About 44,000 people die of sepsis every year in the United Kingdom. Around the world, someone dies from the condition every 3.5 seconds.
Sepsis has symptoms similar to influenza, gastroenteritis and a chest infection.
- Spronounced speech or confusion
- ISxtreme chills or muscle pain
- Passing without urine in one day
- Sget out of breath
- II seem to die
- Srelative mottled or discolored
Symptoms in children are:
- Fast breathing
- Strength or convulsions
- Spotted, bluish or pale skin
- Eruptions that do not fade when pressed
- Abnormally cold sensation
Under five o'clock can repeatedly vomit, do not feed or do not urinate for 12 hours.
Anyone can develop sepsis but it is more common in people who have recently had surgery, have a urinary catheter or have been in hospital for a long period of time.
Other people at risk include those with weak immune systems, chemotherapy patients, pregnant women, the elderly and the very young.
Treatment varies depending on the site of infection but involves antibiotics, IV fluids and oxygen if necessary.
Source: UK Sepsis Trust is NHS choices