Hi, I'm Noelle, I'm 28 years old and... this is my story, in a nutshell...
On 4th June doctors at the Royal Derby Hospital made the decision to put me into a medically induced coma to protect my brain, because I was suffering from Aspiration Pneumonia and severe complications, (acute respiratory distress syndrome.) which reduced my blood oxygen levels to 35%.
They injected me with adrenaline to increase my heart rate, as both heart rate and BP had dropped to dangerous levels. Doctors then performed tracheal intubation and I was placed on a ventilator because I couldn’t breathe for myself.
My family and boyfriend were told to prepare for the worst, and that even if I survived I may still have been brain damaged due to lack of oxygen.
However, by some stroke of luck, I awoke on the 7th June, brain damage free (that’s debatable of course) and was subsequently moved down to a step-down ward on the 9th June.
On the ward I had 2 pretty much sleepless nights, napping for 10 mins at a time on the first night, and up to an hour on the second, both nights I had horrifically bizarre dreams and suffered awful anxiety.
Turns out, going home and sleeping in the arms of my boyfriend, and the wearing off of all the drugs, made the nightmares fade.
It's now a month later and whilst I'm not amazing, psychologically and physically, I'm getting there.
I have awful headaches, some nightmares and flashbacks and a shortness of breath. I get tired really easily too.