My partner, Dave, thought he had the flu on March 2nd, 2017, I went to check on him and found that he couldn't stop coughing and was having trouble breathing. We went to the hospital to discover he had bi-lateral pneumonia (later it was determined to be legionella pneumonia or Legionaires Disease) and sepsis. He was intubated, put on a ventilator and admitted to the ICU. After about a week with no progress, Dave developed ARDS and then the 2nd stage of ARDS in which the lungs develop scar tissue.
We currently are on day 28...he is still heavily sedated on propofol and fentynal (and for a while, Ketamine), received a tracheostomy March 25th and developed an infection March 26th which sent his vitals plummeting.
I also want to make sure I have the tools and knowledge to help him transition from waking up after such a long period of sedation (I already think he is having hallucinations based on his facial expressions which range from amusement to terror) to the very long process of recovery (Dr.'s say "If he survives, it will take years".
I am so grateful to find this forum! Seeing others who have gone through similar and come out the other end...even with scars that are physical and psychological..is such a relief and comfort! Thank Y'all for being here and thanks for being a resource to those who are in the middle of the fight of their lives!