I am a survivor of sepsis. I was having a splenectomy and my surgeon had cut into my pancreas. I developed sepsis as a result but it wasn't being treated accordingly. I had to be life flighted to a university hospital 3 days later. I spent 4 weeks in ICU, coded 2 times, went into kidney failure, liver damage, lung damage and half of my pancreas had to be removed since it had died. The doctors didn't think I woullmake it through the night. In addition, I had to have surgery 2 times a day for almost a week to keep flushing out my abdomen even though they had placed a drain. With this many surgeries, my trauma surgeon decided to leave my incision open until I no longer needed the surgeries. I have a large abdominal wound because of this. I also have a very large abdominal hernia which inoperable at this time and the chances of me ever being able to get it fixed are slim. My surgeon told me at a follow up appointment I was in the top 5 of his worse cases. After being release from ICU I was transferred to a rehabilitation center and was there for about 2 months. I am It has been almost 8 months and the wound hasn't closed over yet, but it is close! It was approximately 7 x 5 inches to start. I am fortunate that I only have a few memories from my ICU experience and still fuzzy on my first two weeks of rehab. While in rehab I did develope 7 abcesses in my abdomen and was on several IV antibiotics my whole time there. I have been having problems with short memory lost and flashbacks to some events that happened in ICU, my most prominent memory is that I remember that I asked my nurse if I was dying before I coded. And there are things that cause me into an emotional mess. Just today I was passing my local hospital and saw a life flight helicopter landing. I said a quick prayer to whomever it was then busted into tears. I had to pull over and stop because of it. I had a panic attack one night after my husband changed a light bulb. He didn't buy the soft light. I flip the switch on and all of the sudden I was thinking back to the hospital. Of course he changed it for me the next morning. I would love to hear of others experience with sepsis. I am constantly tired and it is hard for me to work out because I have to avoid exercises that strain my abdomen since it will make the hernia worse. I have been told by my many doctors that it can take 1 to 2 years, possible more, to get back to "normal". Have you had recovery time take that long or possibly shorter than a year? If you had problems with memory loss, did it go away? There was a point in the hospital that I couldn't even remember if I lived in a 1 story or 2 story home, what type of car I had, where I live (I told them Arizona and I live in Ohio), and I couldn't even remember my birthday. I am hoping I am not alone and that there are people who can understand my struggle. Family and friends try to understand but never will fully since they haven't experienced it themselves.