I’ve always wondered why I caught necrotizing fasciitis
Hi my name is Wayne and I was 32 at the time of my experience of necrotizing fasciitis.
Here I share my diary with you.
Predisposing factor Strep A throat. 3rd March 2011.
Admitted to hospital that day as my condition had dramatically worsened. By the 5th March I had been placed on a ventilator. 6th March Feeling very frustrated and I cannot communicate even by writing on paper. 15:15 had debridement surgery to both arms and some muscle removed on my right arm. This was serious how on earth can a sore throat develop into a life threatening illness. More surgery at 18:30.
Am I going to die?
The doctor’s inform my family that they can not offer any re-assurance as the next 24 hours are critical between life and death.
By now my right leg is very swollen and red and I was taken down for 4 1/2 hours of surgery again on 7th March. Further debridement in both arms right leg and foot. 8th March my family informed that necrotising fasciitis is not following a normal pattern (how can all this be normal))?.
How many operations will I need?
So my situation is an hour by hour curfew. Even though I was still unconscious on the 9th March my foot was looking better. My temperature was extremely high and staff were placing cold towels on me to cool me down. I just kept thinking how and why did I get necrotizing fasciitis.
10th March further surgery
11th March Still unconscious
12th March Doctors have concerns that I am at risk of pneumonia and may need a tracheotomy. As now 9 days and still unconscious
13th March a further 3 hours of surgery and no more infected areas, wounds closed and applied skin grafts. Lift sedation and taken off life support. Removed ventilator at 16:00 hrs
17th March can now see more visitors
My wound recovery starts …what a very very tough journey this has been and is never to be underestimated how a sore throat can develop so quickly into a life threatening situation.
10 days in ITU
4 visits to theatre
3 weeks in hospital
4 months period off work.
Please see below the devastation of my necrotising fasciitis experience.
Why did I get necrotizing fasciitis?
Seems I will never know. The explanation is that I was just unlucky and caught a very rare disease.
If you would like to know more about NF, please visit The Lee Spark NF Foundation’s website.