I am a 47 year old male non smoker. I went to hospital having trouble breathing, and was diagnosed as having bacterial bilateral pneumonia. My blood oxygen kept dropping and I was put on a ventilator for two nights. The first night I was on maximum peep at 100% oxygen. I was in intensive care for 11 nights, and spent another 5 nights on a respiratory ward.
I also picked up a secondary bacterial lung infection while on the ventilator (a super bug). About two weeks later after leaving hospital I suffered bilateral Pneumothorax as well as a burst lung and my lungs had to be inflated in hospital. I returned to work 9 weeks after leaving hospital, and about 6 weeks after my lungs collapsed.
I have been back at work for almost two weeks and I suffer a lot of chest pain and feel very tired, like I am a clock winding down. I have trouble concentrating and my vision is blurred sometimes. I feel odd sensations like I am about to faint from time to time.
When will things resolve? I am slower than I used to be and tire very easily. Everything is difficult and I just want to sleep and I ache and have pain all the time.