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My partner very confused

Hi all my partner is very confused after being on a ventilator 9 days she as been off it 4 days now does anyone have any idea how long this last it's soul destroying to see any advice be most welcome plz thanks john

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Have a read of this link. ICUdelirium is common but not funny at the time, for anyone.

icusteps.org/assets/files/b...

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Thank you so much it's exsactley what is going on great info is so sad this condition

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But at least it is temporary, keep talking to her calmly and reassure her.

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It took me anout two weeks after i got off the bent to even get close to notmsl again

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John

I understand how you must be feeling. I was visiting my brother every day in critical care and ICU when he was slowly waking up from an induced coma after having sepsis. The booklet Sepsur referred you to really helps as it explains the symptoms and why this happens. . There is also a very good post from an ICU specialist that explains about the different drugs used when people are put into a coma on mechanical ventilation. It is frightening to see someone you love behaving out of character and it made me despair too but please be reassured that this is temporary and is a result of the range of medication being used. Your partner will come out of this but it does take time. I can only say this 5 months on. This website gave me reassurance when there was no one to ask. I am so grateful for the help from this community.

Best wishes.

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I hope I never have to do this again less confused today so fingers crossed

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Hi John

This is the link I mentioned which explains about waking up from a coma. As Sepsur said it’s really important to keep talking to reassure your partner. I did this every day with my brother.

intensivecarehotline.com/qu...

Best wishes

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Thanks I have a better understanding of what I'm dealing with now with all ur help really appreciated thank you

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I'm very humbled by you all I have a much better understanding it's been a long couple of weeks as you all know thank you so much

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It's getting my head round it all now also I've lost track of time

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Hello I’m so sorry that you and your partner are going through this. My dad had this in March after being in a coma for 2 weeks. It took a couple of weeks for it to go completely but it does go. The hormones and normal rhythm of the brain has been interrupted so it’s very normal. They gave my dad a vitamin drip including B12 and that helped hugely. Take care.

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Hi my Mom was put in a induced coma, this past friday and came to on like saturday evening but not fully. She is having trouble remembering things, does that improve at all over time?

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Hi Johnathan yes it does. It takes some time. My dad took a couple of weeks. The rule of thumb is that for every day in ITC you need about a week to recover. If you can ask for the hospital Psychologist to visit your partner and ask for a vitamin and B12 drip. It made a huge improvement to my dad. Hope you are ok too ? It’s rough with a partner in hospital.

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