I woke up to find myself in ICU. How I got there I still have no memory of to this day. I personally felt fine. Couldn't understand why I was still in hospital. Nobody told me anything.
I was given medication (which I took), because I assumed someone would tell me why I was suddenly on so many new tablets. I can't remember anyone sitting down & talking to me,about what had happened.
My husband told me how I ended up in ICU, but no-one told him anything about the experience of ICU either.
What no-one, not even my doctor's, mentioned was the side effects I was likely to have. Mental as well as emotional side effects that is.
For instance no-one told me how WEAK I would be.
Did you know you can lose approx. 2% of body muscle per day in ICU.
Why? I don't know, does anyone?
ANGER because you feel unable to take your 2nd chance at life.
You loose WEIGHT when your in ICU. I lost 2 stone.
Did you know your NAILS (hand and toe) stop growing for a while.
CONCENTRATION & INTERESTS take a long time to come back. MEMORY LOSS, & HAIR LOSS is another example no-one tells you about.
Lack of SLEEP, & APPETITE.
You could end up with DEPRESSION &/or PTSD.
I could go on & on, but the most important thing is that you DO get better. It takes time, a long time, but you will get there.
Help is out there in the form of SUPPORT GROUP's. You can go on-line to find your local one. At the moment there are 12 different groups around the country. With more in the offing.
All the best to my fellow survivors