Elderly Pneumonia Sepsis ARDS ventilator coma ICU - ICUsteps

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Elderly Pneumonia Sepsis ARDS ventilator coma ICU


My dad is in ICU on ventilator, medically induced comma. Day 11. pneumonia, sepsis, ARDS and fever. I'm trying to stay positive, but I'm finding my mother rather defeatist and so I've come here to find some more positive attitudes to help me get through this. He is 76 but was really healthy before the chest infection.

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Hi M00min

I am so sorry that you are going through this awful experience with your dad. It must be very worrying.

My suggestion is to make a specific appointment to talk to the doctors caring for him. They are best placed to be able to judge his current condition, and how things might go, as each patient has an individual clinical profile. The fact he was healthy before ICU admission is a positive. Your mums approach may be her way of protecting herself from the worst she can imagine.

Wishing you and your family all the best.

I had all of that and spent 9 weeks in ICU. And I wasn't terribly healthy before admission. Two years later, I'm still around. So don't give up! I wish your dad all the best.

in reply to Videodragons

Hi. Did you suffer a ARDS two years ago? How are your lungs now?

90 days in ICU with All and more than your father has. It looked very bleak, at times, according to my family ( no hope, bleak). Still here, fit & well 18 months after discharge. Hope springs eternal.

I was in the ICU with severe sepsis, ARDS, and in an induced coma on a ventilator. My doctors told my family I had a 2% chance of surviving, and that was ten years ago. Stay strong and keep hope.

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