I am a partner of someone who spent a long time in ICU - approx two and a half months - and then a further few months recovering in HDU/ general ward. Whilst I'm eternally grateful and in awe of the care given to my partner, I've had to come to terms with the fact I sometimes don't recognise the person that has come home to me. The psychological damage, the change in personality and many more differences are a constant reminder of the most horrific time of my life. The one redeeming factor that has kept me going is the support she is now receiving from her psychologist - (not always readily available) - which has been a godsend. This site has made me realise I'm not alone and hope we can spread the word in order to support each other and future survivors. The fact that partners, family, loved ones and friends are now being recognised as being a significant part of the suffering has also made me feel less isolated. The very nature of visiting ICU for such an extended period inevitably meant I witnessed patients that sadly didn't make it. I was never to see their relatives again. Please keep making people aware. Thanks.
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