3rd time septic in 2 month span. Help please.

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My mother was admitted to the hospital about a month ago, after fainting in our home. She woke up very weak that morning, but had no prior symptoms before that day. She was diagnosed with sepsis, from a bladder infection. She spent 3 days in ICU on anti-biotics, and was then released.

Week and a half later. She wakes up with the chills and is shaking like nothing I've ever seen. This goes on all day until I finally convince her to let me call an ambulance. By the time the EMT's arrive, she's delirious, but able to answer simple questions. She refuses to go with them. An hour passes and she becomes non communitive and socially unresponsive. I call them back, and they take her out of here on a gourney. A tempeture of 105, and again, diagnosed with sepsis. Only this time, they find some kind of e-coli. 11 days in the hospital on anti-biotics, and then released.

Another week and a half later, to the current date. My mother wakes up acting strange and not herself, so I take her temperature. 102. I immediately call an ambulance and she is taken to the hospital. After spending 3 days in the hospital, she was diagnosed with a severe bladder infection, but NO sepsis. Ultrasound done on bladder. Retaining 20%. But nothing growing on urine tests.

TODAY. Blood shows to be septic and e-coli was also found again.

I appogogize for the long post, but I'm at my wits end. They are treating her infection, but it just keeps returning, and quickly. It seems the infection could be a symptom of something else? If thats the case, treating the infection wont last without finding the source.

Someone please help. Any input is so greatly appreciated.

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    Hyperinfection syndrome/Disseminated strongyloidiasis

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    Is something like that possible in kentucky? Google says tropical regions.
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      Google is not very smart. There are thousands of cases in the United States each year. And not just this one, take elephantiasis for example. The last US cases were in South Carolina, did Google share that info?

      Yes of course it's possible in Kentucky. Especially if she has been given steroids as part of her current treatment.

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      At least Google doesn't insinuate one a dilussional drug using mutilator. The real problem is within the health/medical system.

      Just last week, my Dr (a good Dr, from the Phillipines) gave me a referral to Infectious Disease, to which (by phone call to verify referral) was told straight out that the treatment I would get through them would be antibiotic, only. It is surreal the (lack of) response given.

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    Parasite testing?

    Parasites that breach the walls of the small intestine can bring with them bacteria from the GI tract into the blood stream.

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    So if I suggest hyperinfection syndrome to my mothers doctor, who is apparently from the CDC, he should know what the heck I'm talking about?

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    Unfortunately, their only interest seems to be treating the immediate infection and sending her home. They even brough up sending her home with an IV and anti-biotic drip today. No GI tests have been done, even though they were requested, and they barely acknoweled our requests for a parasite test. I have no idea what to do at this point.
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      imo, I would ease her into a gentle anti-parasitic diet. The problem seems to come from the GI, start your battle there. Fresh Garlic is powerful if she can handle eating it. Pineapple, fresh or juice, has 2 natural anti-parasitic enzymes, papaya, pumpkin seeds, apple cider vinegar mixed in water, yogurt helps restore balance in GI. It goes on and on. There is dietary information everywhere to be found.

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