Sue Cleaver has revealed she almost came close to death after being diagnosed with sepsis.
The 56-year-old actress, known for playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street, revealed on This Morning how she’d been diagnosed with the life-threatening infection in July earlier this year.
Speaking on the show to hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, Sue explained how she started to feel ill while filming on the soap.
‘I didn’t really take it seriously,’ Sue said. ‘I suffer like many people with IBS and I thought I’m having a flair up of IBS.’
After going home sick, she returned to the set the next day where her condition worsened.
‘I went back shooting and it was the hottest day of the year and I was on set with a hot water bottle, shaking, and Melanie Hill turned to me and said, “Look at your feet”.
‘And my feet were just blue and purple and all the goosebumps on my arms. I was in pain and freezing cold, so I went home after lunch, got into bed. I had socks on, leggings, dressing gown, thinking of not only have I got IBS, I’ve caught the flu now.’
It wasn’t until Sue’s husband rang their paramedic daughter-in-law when Sue decided to go to hospital, where she was diagnosed with sepsis.
‘I didn’t know I had sepsis until the next day in the ward,’ Sue said.
‘I think it was purely from the kidney infection which was very severe. The biggest lesson for me is we stride on through life, we’ve got commitments and we just put up and get on with things, and that is a big mistake.’
‘All I wanted to do was sleep,’ Sue added. ‘If [my husband] hadn’t have come home and I’d have gone to sleep, then what would have happened?’
In response, This Morning’s doctor Ranj Singh said: ‘It may have been very, very different for you.’
She also described how she’d been suffering from ‘horrific nightmares’ in the weeks following the diagnosis, saying: ‘[I’ve had] really strange nightmares of being shot or having a noose around my neck and having to drop over a ravine.
‘Also I don’t have a sweet tooth at all, not interested, and that’s all I wanted for about three weeks – just craving cakes, pastries, custard, everything I’d never eat.’
Sue, however, assured she was back in shape following the incident, even though it’s taken a while to get back in the swing of things on Coronation Street.
‘It took me so long to learn the lines,’ Sue said. ‘But it’s taken a while for everything to get back to normal. But I feel like my old self now.’
You can catch This Morning weekdays on ITV at 10.30am.
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