This is so sad…

  • Posted on September 30, 2008 at 7:41 pm

I can’t stop thinking about this. It’s a blog about a woman who got a septic streptococcal pneumoniae infection when she was pregnant.

The blog is a little hard to follow, but here is the rundown: Carol had to have an emergency c-section back in June because she got really sick. Then, her blood started clotting uncontrollably, I think due to the drugs she was on to help her blood pressure stabilize, and it basically made parts of her body die.

Her skin died and started sloughing off, necessitating skin grafts.

Her legs had to be amputated below the knee.

Her left arm was amputated below the elbow.

Her right ring finger was amputated.

The nerves in her eyes died and now she is also blind.

All because she got a strep infection.

Can you even imagine? You are pregnant, looking forward to the birth of your child. The next thing you know, you wake up in the hospital and your life has completely flipped the fuck out. Like your worst nightmare.

To be in that state, and not be able to feed, nurture, cuddle or kiss your newborn baby. The baby not even knowing its mother. And, the woman also has an older daughter–it looks like she’s a toddler, maybe two or three years old. The family seems to have a great support system, and the baby is now thriving. But still. The husband always seems to have a positive attitude when he writes updates.

My heart goes out to them. Get well, Carol.