7 years later...

Finally getting around to writing a post.

I was in ICU in 2010 when I was 17. I had an asthma attack and had to be intubated. I was in a coma for 7 days and in ICU for 3 weeks. I still remember my hallucinations so clearly 7 years on, some of them were terrifying! I still find it surreal that I was asleep for so long, unaware of most things. However, when I woke I spoke (well wrote as I had a tracheostomy) of things that had been spoke about while I was in a coma. I am now a student nurse hoping to work in ICU when I qualify. I have had a placement on there and found it so rewarding that I can empathise with patients.


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Wishing you all the best in your chosen career and yes you are absolutely right, you will have the empathy to understand what patients are going through.


Thank you!


Great to hear that you are using those awful sensations to inspire such a positive outcome.

I have never been able to adequately express what I went through to those who haven't been through it - there are no comparisons. It took me over 4 years before I could think positively about my time and do something useful - well done you.

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Good luck to you in your chosen career! I visited the ICU a few months after my discharge and it was so emotional to meet and thank the nurses who had cared for me when I was critically ill. One of them had been looking after me the first 48 hours, when I was in coma on the brink of life and death, and it was the first time one of her patients had the opportunity to return and thank her. I hope you also will be so blessed if you take on this demanding, but so rewarding career.


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