A bizarre tale of a woman who almost died after forgetting about a tampon she inserted has gone viral.
Emily Pankhurst, a student in England, spent three days in intensive care and is still struggling to walk now, about a month after leaving her tampon in for 9 days. 9 DAYS!
[Sidebar: Tampon and 9 days shouldn’t even be in the same sentence…. but I digress!]
Pankhurst, 20, said she wants to share her story as a warning to others who may not be paying attention to their body during stress… or better yet, she wishes to be an extreme example of what can happen when you forget to take care of your va-jay-jay!
“I was going through an extremely stressful time, trying to complete deadlines for essays and everything on top of me,” she told Kent Online. “I started complaining of fatigue, high temperature and constant headaches, which I believed were stress-related. However, down below I noticed abnormal discharge appear straight after my regular period.”
Despite seeing a doctor, she was not given an internal exam and was told to take a swap herself at home, the news site reported. Her mother insisted she shower and examine herself to see if she might have forgotten about a tampon.
“I went ahead and showered and to my shock, she was right. I found a nasty, smelly, foul tampon that had gotten so far up I couldn’t feel a thing,” Parkhurst told Kent Online.
After removing the tampon, which was completely black, Parkhurst felt cold, confused and had a pounding headache. She was rushed to the hospital while her blood pressure plummeted, and doctors determined her symptoms were a sign of sepsis, the news site reported.
“The doctors and nurses rushed to my bedside. I was sent straight to X-ray to determine whether the infection had spread to my vital organs. Luckily it hadn’t,” she told Kent Online.
Parkhurst credits her mother with recognizing the abnormal symptoms and potentially saving her life. She now uses crutches to strengthen her legs and struggles with basic tasks.
“Girls my age are not aware of the dangers of using tampons,” Parkhurst told Kent Online. “It is so important to keep an eye on your health, especially during stressful life experiences. I hope my story can help others like myself to take care of their health and not take their life for granted, because you never know what might be around the corner.”
Needless to say, many women feel ‘somekindaway’ about Parkhurst’s story and have been roasting the poor girl online…
What do YOU think about this bizarre tampon tale?