A Dundee mum has told how she nearly died from sepsis after mistaking the condition for common flu.
Pam Cartlidge, 38, was hospitalised at the start of November after her health gradually worsened, with doctors “amazed” she had survived for five days with the illness.
She is now recovering and wants to raise awareness of the potentially fatal condition.
Pam, from Kirkton, said: “It just came out of the blue — I started to feel unwell on Monday November 6.
“The symptoms are so similar to the flu, so that’s what I thought I had.
“I had fever, sweats and shivers and I was aching from head to toe and retching.
“It got worse over the next few days and by the Friday I could barely get out of bed and get the kids ready for school.
“I felt worse than I’ve ever done, like I was dying.
“My mum came over and she ended up calling 999 at the suggestion of my son, as I was so ill.”
Pam was checked but was deemed not to be in a critical condition.
She was given anti-sickness tablets and injections, and she appeared to be improving.
However, her blood test results showed something was amiss.
She added: “I had to go to hospital, where they did various tests and gave me antibiotics but still couldn’t work out exactly what was wrong.
“Then one doctor who examined me immediately worked out it was sepsis, which was attacking my kidney.
“They thought it was due to a urinary infection I’d had.
“I had to be put into isolation for five days as my immune system was so weak.
“Everyone was amazed that I was alive because I’d been deteriorating for so many days.
“They said that another 24 hours and I wouldn’t have been there to tell the tale.”