My beloved mom (69 years old) has had a cardiac arrest about two weeks ago. Luckily (in a way...) she was already in hospital at the time (she's gone through a lobectomy of her upper right lung lobe, after being diagnosed with lung cancer. A relatively small tumor with likely no metastasis. Still waiting for the biopsy results to know for sure)
The cardiac arrest happened when the doctor was already in the room with her, talking to her, so the CPR was immediate, to our understanding.
She been in a chemically induced coma for 9 days, during which her kidneys failed, and she had blood clots sent to her legs and spleen. They operated her to save her legs (which they did) and also gave her 3 dialysis treatments. We were sure this is likely the end and were mortified. On the 9th day they put a trach and started to wake her up. also - she started giving urine (with a urinating drug, but still...) the following day we came to visit (we could only visit in specific hours while she's in ICU) and while I was sure she might not respond just yet, she did mark 'yes' by blinking when we asked her questions.
This is now her 3rd days after (sort of) waking up.
She nods for yes and no, and seems to recognize us. She obviously can't talk now.
she can move all her limbs (though I think she struggles with moving her fingers)
While I never use to pray, I constantly pray now... who knows.
I'm not sure what I asking for...
Maybe - stories of encouragement. Do you know of other people her age (or older) who survived something like that?
Also - those of you who experienced that - how bad did it feel to wake up to find yourself with a trach?
They say there's a chance she'll be off the trach someday, but can't know for sure. it depends on her lungs (she also has copd)
I'm so scared she'll have a poor quality of life....
Anyonw? any words of advise? (whatever comes to mind)
Tanks in advance!