It's been 3 years since discharge for me and I have made a full recovery. I would like to know what people would have thought the most important aspect of follow up care if they didn't receive any like I did.
Obviously in the first few weeks the physical aspects like strength and eating were important to me. I had Acute Respiratory Failure after surgery to reverse a colostomy I had in place for 3 years. I literally couldn't go anywhere for long due to sudden incontinence that took ages to get under control. A dietician might have proved useful too. I stayed home alone after ICU and fought hard to keep independent and didn't want to stay with family as I had did before following other surgeries. I had next to no appetite as well. I think about 2 months later I was still on the physical road to recovery but I could have done with help from a psychologist or support group like ICU steps. Anyone who has had prolonged and complicated ICU treatment needs a proper follow up care plan. The money should be in place rather than compounding the problem through no help as people take up probably more time and NHS money burdening their GPs with issues that should have been addressed. Any ideas folks. Thanks Edward