I'm in a pretty poor situation and need as much help and advice as I can get!
I'm out in Tenerife with my parents, after my mum was admitted to intensive care with pneumonia. My mum is 66 and has COPD. She has been in intensive care for 10 days, 5 of these under sedation, and 3 or 4 waking up. She also suffered a partial collapsed lung. She seems to be making a very good recovery although she is very very weak. she was intubated for around 8 days with oxygen being fed directly to her lungs, yesterday she got the tube out and was breathing through a mask. Today even the mask is gone, and she has a small oxygen supply through ther nose. So she does seen to be recovering well.
Today is the first day she has been able to speak in 10 days and it was so good to be able to communicate with her again. She is very bright and very chatty. What's bothering me though is that there is a big element of fantasy to some of what she's saying. She told us today that general Assad of Syria is in the same unit. And that every night she speaks to the owner of the hospital and that all of the nurses are his daughters and grand daughters!
Is this normal? Is it just confusion? Is it a side effect of the oxygen treatment? Or is it possible there is an element of brain damage?
Please help me if you can as I'm struggling a bit with the Spanish doctors and can't find much info online concerning conditions this severe.