Yvette Bowman said she got sick after using a brand of tampons later found to be contaminated with a rare bacteria that according to the FDA, could be life-threatening.
She said she started feeling sick about two weeks ago. As time went by, her symptoms continued to get worse.
"Fatigued, there's a little bit of dizziness. I vomited a few times. In the pelvic and abdominal region,there's pain and discomfort," she said.
When a friend mentioned the Kotex recall on Wednesday, Bowman said her stomach dropped.
"I said, 'What did you just say?' And she said, 'Kotex, they have a recall.' As she was saying that, I'm looking at it in my cabinet," Bowman recalled.
The recall started Nov. 9 and involves Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency. It includes both 18 and 36-count packages that were shipped to stores between Oct. 29 and Nov. 2.
Bowman called Kimberly-Clark with the serial number, who confirmed it was in fact one of the contaminated packages.
"Within 15 minutes I was at the doctor's office. They did two cultures and put me on aggressive antibiotics. Three different ones, in hopes that one of them will treat it," she said.
The test results are expected back in two days. Until then, Bowman said she's trying to stay positive and spread the word to other women.
"I'm hoping that friends that also have used this product will get checked as soon as possible, or anyone else. It could potentially be fatal," she said.
Bowman said the tampons were purchased at Walmart on Catclaw in Abilene in early November.
The recalled boxes were shipped to Walmart stores in Texas and several surrounding states. All stores that received the affected product have been asked to remove the tampons from shelves. A total of 1,400 cases were recalled.
Kimberly-Clark is urging anyone who has the recalled product to stop using it immediately and contact the company's consumer services department at (800)335-6839.