Hi. I am Phil, 65 in June and a retired Police Officer. In January 2015 just after New Year I contracted Pneumonia. I had ben fit and well before those happened so it came out of the blue. My wife woke up and found me semi conscious and so was rushed to the QMC Nottingham. I remember very little of the first day in hospital and was hallucinating a lot. I also for some unknown reason developed Gout in my right knee and was like a balloon. On the second day I was completely with it and told I had a severe bout of Pneumonia. The Dr treating me was ready to discharge me but the Dr treating the Gout was not happy with blood counts so kept me in for a total of nine days and then discharged. Within a month to the day my wife could not contact me at home so came home from work to find me unconscious in bed and wet through. The Paramedics immediately recognised the signs of Sepsis so was taken straight to the Critical Care Unit rather than Intensive Care where treatment began. I have no recollection of any of these events. Apparently it began in the Gaul Bladder, spread to the Liver which shut down and then to the Kidneys. It was considered too risky to operate on the Gaul Bladder so remained in the Unit in their care. I was kept in there for about 11 days and then conveyed with a Dr on board the ambulance to the Nottingham City Hospital Critical Care Unit as the Kidney Dialysis was better equipped there. I then remained there until the final week which I spent in the Intensive Care Renal Ward. Of the total of just over four and a half weeks I do not remember anything, which is one of the things which disturbs me now. What I do remember is having the most vivid dreams which even to this day I could describe to anyone in complete detail and even now parts are added to these dreams. I was eventually discharged back home into the care of my G.P. and District Nurse. Since that time I fee as if I have gone through a personality change. Its like I always describe to people and as if I was put through a scanner tunnel and came out the other end a different person. My whole world had been turned upside down. I get very down and depressed and already suffered from depression so this made it worse. When I used to remember my past I used to smile when I remembered places, people even bits of music but now that has changed and I get very sad with my memories and just want to go back and do it all again. I cannot enjoy memories anymore. I have become quite intolerant of Soap Operas especially one a few weeks ago which showed a character in a hospital bed with Sepsis and the next day up and about. Why don't these people get their facts right as it can cause distress to people such as me. What I Will do in future is use headphones to play music and crayon in my books to relax as I don't want to deprive my wife of her enjoyment of TV. Sorry this has been so long winded but I just find my whole world has changed, that there is no one local to talk to apart from my wife and my Psychologist. The biggest thing though is the loss of four and a half weeks of my life and still cannot comprehend how close I came to death.
Thanks for sharing