dahknee Posted December 16, 2009 Share Posted December 16, 2009 Oct. 17th my wife took me to the E.R. My O2 sat was down to 47%, I was on 6 liters oxy., I had a fever of 104. The docs sedated me, I guess I was out of control, they did a bronchoscopy and found pneumonia and blood in my good lung. They tried to identify the reason and treatment of the blood but couldn't locally so they sent it to Mayo. I had some form of infection and they put me on an IV antibiotic for 2 weeks. everytime they tried to bring me out of the sedation I was nuts so they would sedate me again. After a couple weeks the doc took my wife aside and told her there wasn't anything more they could do and they were going to take me off the ventilator.Mary called a friend of ours who is a doctor and an addiction specialist and he came and ran some tests and determined I had become addicted to the medications they were using to sedate me and keep me calm he talk to them and they did a trach on me. I stayed alive. then they tried to get me off of the medications and found I had ICU psycosis. So they continued to keep me sedated. Meanwhile they kept trying to get me off the drugs and get me to level off. I guess at some point I pulled out the feeding tube and the trach tube so the nurses came in and called the doc to see if they wanted to retrach me and he said to go ahead but the nurse noticed I was starting to respond nomally so they waited for the doc to get there and they decided to try to unsedate me again. I finally responded more normally and they started getting me back amongst the living. I was in ICU for 31 days of which I remember nothing. I came to the sunday before thanksgiving and was totally clueless. Mary started filling me in on what had been going on. A few days later I was put in a rehab hospital beacuse I couldn't walk, or move my arms and could barely talk. I got out yesterday, my lungs are now both quite damaged and just standing up and sitting back down my O2 sats drop to 75 or 80 % even when I'm on oxygen. I am waliking with a walker I'm learning to write again, I know how it's just that my hands don't work very well so it's barely legible. Other than the lung damage I should make a full recovery. I guess you could say I had a bad fall, Oct. Nov,. Dec. Hopefully I'll spring back soon. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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