Mum ignored symptoms of deadly disease thinking they were just the menopause – Today News

Mum ignored symptoms of deadly disease thinking they were just the menopause – Today News

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For any copyright, please send me a message.   A mum-of-one was left fighting for her life three times from contracting deadly sepsis following a UTI after brushing her symptoms off as ‘menopausal’.  While taking her mother to hospital for an operation in November 2015, Jessica Middour, 46, suddenly started profusely sweating and being sick, but instantly dismissed it as a ‘hot flash’ and ‘nerves’.  However, when the former bank worker became faint she was rushed to the emergency room downstairs in the hospital and was given the diagnosis that she had a urinary tract infection.  But her instant relief quickly wore off as Jessica was then told she went into septic shock and began fighting for her life hooked up to two different IV lines and enduring brain, liver and kidney scans.    After one week in hospital Jessica returned home and back to work before being struck by the same symptoms again just six months later (April 2016) and was diagnosed with sepsis again, deriving from another UTI.  Jessica then quit her job due to her lack of energy and inability to complete ‘simple’ tasks when she was struck with the deadly infection once more in January 2017.  However, after saying goodbye to her family and believing there was no recovering this time, Jessica beat the odds and survived sepsis for the third time.  Now, she is sharing her story to encourage people to never brush off their symptoms and to ask doctors if it ‘could be sepsis’ when they are receiving diagnosis.  Jessica, from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, said: “I had taken my mother to the hospital to receive surgery when I suddenly came over very hot – but I thought it was just menopausal hot flashes.    “Then I was sick, but still I thought it would just be my nerves because of my mother’s surgery, so continued to just sit down fanning myself and waiting for her to be seen.  “Her nurse noticed that I was sweating and looking unwell and told me to go to the emergency room downstairs, but I didn’t listen until I tried to stand up and fell straight back down.  “When I went downstairs I gave urine samples, had all sorts of scans and was hooked up to IV drips – and after a while I was told I had a UTI, which gave me instant relief.  “However, just hours later they told me I had gone into septic shock and for the next week I was still in the hospital fighting for my life.    “When I was finally allowed home I hoped it was all over so I returned back to work – but then six months later the same symptoms came over me like a wave and, when I got to hospital, I was diagnosed with sepsis again.  “Once again, I battled through this sepsis before being diagnosed with it again under a year later.  “This time I said goodbye to my family because I was certain that I c