- CASE FILE
For the past 19 months I have been suffering from Post Sepsis Syndrome which is uncharted territory for the medical profession.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Someone dies in the US from sepsis every two minutes. It is the third leading cause of death in the US. My name is Alycia Kradas and I am a sepsis survivor. For those of us who manage to leave the hospital, often without limbs or organs, our recovery can take years, since there is no data concerning post-sepsis recovery.
For the past 19 months I have been wrestling with what doctors are now calling Post Sepsis Syndrome. I have been to several types of doctors in an attempt to cure my symptoms. I have been to a primary care physician, a cardiologist, a nephrologist, a psychiatrist, a holistic doctor, physical therapists, and a specialist on sepsis.
Besides traditional medicine I have explored alternative therapies like reiki, reflexology, acupuncture, and therapeutic massage. Even after meeting with of all these complementary medical professionals I have no definitive answers, just theories and experiments. No one can tell if my symptoms are the result of my sepsis infection, my post sepsis syndrome, or if it’s something else.
Sadly, sepsis and Post Sepsis Syndrome are poorly understood, and therefore there has been very little research done. If anything I just wish there were more awareness of this very serious, dangerous illness and its aftermath.
My quality of life has been taken from me. At 29 years old, I am no longer able to work, live on my own, or have personal relationships outside of the medical field. I am hoping that you can help me and also spread awareness.