Just a question for the community. Is following up patients a good idea or does it make people dwell and not move on from their time in ICU?
The reason I am asking I was an ICU patient for 4 weeks in Glasgow 3 years ago. I had no post discharge support and took me a while to recover. Took me a year to get over the physical aspects and 2 years to get over the PTSD after being taken off my ventilator and having a tracheostomy tube in place. I had the usual hallucinations and paranoia in ICU and took me ages to come to terms with my experiences. I never really asked for help and put a front on telling people I was fine but not especially my disturbed thoughts. Now maybe I am a stronger person than others but I am wondering would any help have made any difference? Maybe yes and maybe no, I will never know. Has anyone got any stories of their follow up care if they had it and I would be grateful to read them. Thank you all. Edward