Dad in ICU with septic shock

Hi everyone

Dad was admitted to ICU after collapsing at home and lying there for 16 hours. He was in septic shock when he got to ICU.

My brother & I were told to fly back from Singapore & India where we live as he wasn't expected to make it through the night.

That was just over a week ago. Dad was taken off sedation and all the machines 4 day's ago and since then he's had to go back on dialysis as he has renal failure and his urea level was 57 yesterday.

The hospital woke me up at 2am this morning to let me know his blood pressure has dropped again and they've put him on meds for that.

I'm sorry to say this but it feels like watching my Dad in a torture chamber. He's not coherent. Doesn't seem to be able to talk, just groaning like a sick animal while they continue to prod and poke and distress him. He lifts both hands to his face in distress everytime anyone comes near him.

I'm just distraught and my calls for pain relief etc. for him are being ignored. Dad is a very proud man and I feel his dignity is being violated.

Any suggestions please?

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  • I'm very sorry to hear your story and how you feel about your Dad's situation.

    Your Dad's probably just slowly coming out of the induced coma and he might be confused as a side effect from all the medications.

    If they would be giving him pain relief he might end up going back on the ventilator again, because the main side effect of pain relief is respiratory depression.

    It's often a fine line in ICU and I understand your frustration. It also sounds to me like they may not be the best communicators around what other options there may be.

    I would also suggest to be patient. I know it's horrible to watch your Dad like this, but the majority of people do leave ICU alive. It's often two steps forward and one step back.

    Here are a few of articles and videos that will help you to make more sense out of the situation

    THE 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOUR LOVED ONE IS CONFUSED, AGITATED AND DELIRIOUS IN INTENSIVE CARE!

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    AFTER WEANING OFF A VENTILATOR IS IT NORMAL TO BE CONFUSED?”

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    YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE IS CRITICALLY ILL IN INTENSIVE CARE! (PART 1) intensivecarehotline.com/bl...

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