Let every pair of beautiful lips remind you.
How beautiful life is. How much love there is in the world.
And how easily it is all taken away – with a simple scratch, a little cut, one of those nothings we never think about.
Infection – kiss of death
Because, little scratch or no, if ever the germs take over, suddenly you’re faced with raging illness.
What’s happening to you, is it a major disease? Ebola, malaria, or polio?
You can’t talk. You can’t stop shivering. Your muscles ache. You can’t go to the loo. You can’t catch your breath. You’re convinced you’re going to die. And your skin suddenly looks awful.
It’s major all right – a major infection called sepsis.
Never heard of it?
One of our biggest killers
Neither had the 37,000 other people it kills every year. Dead from infection that ran out of control and took over their bodies. Dead because antibiotics didn’t work – the bacteria that triggered everything is immune to them.
But that’s why the lips.
A beautiful girl called Emma Straker loved wearing red lipstick. Out of nowhere she came down with sepsis and died, only 19. Red lips are how she’s remembered.
Since then, concerned people everywhere have helped raise money to fight this dreadful affliction. They show their support by taking a selfie with red lips – and posting it with a donation to the UK Sepsis Trust.
Even more so today – because all over the country, it’s Kiss Goodbye to Sepsis Day.
Because with care and early enough treatment, sepsis can be beaten.
Prevention is better than cure
It starts with a simple infection.
So the best possible defence is to avoid contact with germs in the first place – not always easy, not always possible.
But at least germs can be stopped dead in any room BEFORE you step into it – sterilised with hydrogen peroxide.
Zero germ threshold, zero exposure. All it needs is a Hypersteriliser. Daily treatment so that nothing ever gets a foothold again – in schools, hotels, restaurants, public offices, buses, trains, planes, work places, hospitals, care homes, everywhere.
So that any cut or chest infection or other minor ailment isn’t escalated by other bacteria into a raging, out-of-control monster.
People do survive sepsis. Some completely, some with a lasting disability.
Hygiene – kiss of life
Those lips can remind us that it’s possible – with kisses all over the hospital wards where sepsis is treated – kiss-marks to mark successful recovery.
Just like the walls of palm prints in Africa which proclaim “I survived Ebola”.
Sepsis is whole body infection run out of control. All of us can get it, if we’re unlucky or careless.
And all of us can avoid it – by upping our hygiene habits. (Tweet this)
That really is the kiss of life.