I'd just like to share my experience of recovery a spontaneous splenic rupture. I'd had planned surgery for a bowel resection and was in post operative recovery, unfortunately, my spleen ruptured causing massive blood loss and I was in cardiac arrest. I had numerous arrests through the next 24 hrs and my family had been told it was highly likely that I wouldn't make it. For the next 10 days I was in an induced coma and showing no sign of improvement. I was moved from the Churchill hospital to the John Radcliffe, Oxford where I had a balloon pump inserted in my heart to give my heart a chance to recover from the numerous arrests I'd had. 48 hours later..... I was awake and amazed to see my family staring at me in equal amazement!!!
My real journey to recovery started there, I'd gone from 15 st to just under 10 stone. I was so confused about everything that had happened to me. Nightmares, guilt I felt for putting my family through an ordeal I thought wrongly was my fault, my body was mentally and physically shattered. My heart had taken a real battering and my nights were filled with horrific nightmares.
I was diagnosed as having PTSD and referred to a Psychologist who was amazing, she was able to take me through everything and over a time I was able to lessen the the affect of the nightmares, though I still have flashbacks.
I suffer from fatigue after very little exertion but it's a small price to pay to walk in the fresh air and see Spring sunshine. I treasure every day, things that would have irritated me before seem trivial, I think I have a grasp on the true value of life, your health and support of your family and loved ones.
Finally....no matter how bleak things look when someone is in ICU the impossible can happen. My daughter and I went for Oxford to meet the surgeon who saved my life, I couldn't find adequate words to express my gratitude for the care I received in ICU. He introduced us to two of the nurses who had performed countless CPR on me through the first 24 hours. I have never felt so humbled in my life but two young nurses worked so hard to keep me alive and I was able to thank them.