My Mom has been in the ICU and on a ventilator for three weeks now. She was admitted after she suffered from internal bleeding after a hysterectomy. Her delirium has not gotten any better. She doesn't follow commands and whenever she is not sedated she kicks and thrashes around. The doctors have not found any certain reason why this is happening. They need to get her off of the vent because prolonged use has it's own issues, but she is also not breathing well enough to have a trach. They also cannot figure out the reason why she is not breathing well. They have not found any pneumonia, a fungal infection, cancer in the lungs, or any other virus that may repress breathing. The doctors are now keeping her constantly sedated because they think her breathing will improve if she doesn't keep waking up. They have also told us now that they don't think the delirium has anything to do with her breathing issues. Not sure why they said that though. This is also very hard because I don't live anywhere close to her. So, all my knowledge of what is going on there is talking to my brother who speaks with the doctors and nurses and her boyfriend who is there daily. What do you do when someone is delirious like this? Has anyone has any experience like this or was in a situation like this? Any help would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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