A pair of new heels should be an exciting time…yes they may be a little sore at first, there’s always the ‘breaking in’ phase, but usually, it’s fun time when wearing your new shoes.
Gemma Downey, however, ended up in hospital with life threatening sepsis cause by a blister from a new pair of shoes.
She felt her new heels rubbing against her heels while she was walking to the train station, but loved them so much changing wasn’t an option.
As the day continued, the state of her heels got worse and a nasty blister formed.
“It started off as my shoes rubbing on the back of my foot, it sort of broke the skin, like a cut”
“At some point it looked like it was forming a tiny blister. I had a plaster on because I didn’t think it was anything significant but later I did notice it had a strange colour. It went downhill from there.”
“I started noticing I couldn’t walk properly and was limping and was in pain a lot more than normal. My foot had swollen right up and was travelling round my ankle area and the pain was absolutely awful”
“I just dropped to the floor in agony and that really hurt. It was getting more and more swollen.”
Straight away, Gemma was prescribed antibiotics by the doctors but ended up in A&E at Worthing Hospital. They sent her home finding nothing concerning.
She knew there was something seriously wrong as she woke up the next day feeling sick and knew she had to go back to the hospital.
She returned and spent two days at Worthington Hospital where she was diagnosed and treated for sepsis and cellulitis.
“I know it can be fatal – the doctors told me I was lucky I had acted on it and went to check it out because it could have been more serious”
Gemma, shocked and scarred from her experience wants to warn others about how you can so easily suffer from Sepsis.
“I thought if it’s happened to me, I’d like to warm other people about it. I couldn’t believe that something so insignificant could cause so much damage.”
“I’m very lucky that my condition was spotted early”
“I’ve had that so many times, I just didn’t think anything of it. So many times, especially with new shoes.”
I’m thinking if it’s happened to me, I’d like to warn other women about it, I want them to know if they do get a blister and feel bad, to trust their instincts and get it checked out.”