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H1N1 ARDS induced coma many complications and currently post intensive care syndrome

Hi everyone I was hospitalized in January with H1N1 that evolved into ARDS. I was in an induced coma for 15 days paralyzed for 13 days and incubated for 18 days. I had many complications and now four months later I’m struggling a lot. I have an icu recovery dr who suggested I talk my trauma out. As a result of that and learning there are many others I started a you tube channel to talk it out. I would like to to invite any one to subscribe to my channel it’s nevadastarrC. I urge people to join in the discussion I believe we can help ourselves and each other by supporting each other and sharing our stories. Please give my channel a check out and feel free to comment and join me in my journey back from respitory failure

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It’s always worth remembering that for some, ‘talking through trauma’ doesn’t work, it just re- traumatises.

amp.theguardian.com/science...

My family members are such...the brain stores some traumatic memories in a different place, that makes our natural processing ability, misfire. Hence people get caught in the rut of PSTD. It is recognised that talking therapies are less effective, CBT &EDMR seem to work better.

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Yes you make a good point. When my brother was critically ill, there were days when I wondered if I could go on with the exhaustion and readying myself to drive to the hospital and visit not knowing how he would be and what I would encounter that day. It can be traumatic because nothing is in your control anymore and your energy is focused on getting through each day. My friend by chance is a clinical psychologist who works in the same hospital. She advised me that the brain processes trauma and that in time the memories would fade and the trauma lessen and she was right. there were times when I investigated visiting a counsellor but I found talking to my family to be the best way for me to cope. I found the guardian article really useful. Thanks for the link. I do read the guardian newspaper but I had missed this.

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It’s been very hard on my husband and eldest daughter. They find me talking about it re opens it all. The rest of my family is ok with taking about it. Just them two are handling it differently.❤️

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Thank you for taking time to reply. As the months go on you will hopefully find the trauma will lessen for you. I hope your recovery goes from strength to strength and hoping the better weather and more hours of daylight and sunshine will help. Well done on everything you have achieved so far. 💕

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Thanks you!

I am sure you are right! I feel a little better day by day. When I can camp that will be amazing!

I hope you are doing well?

I just want to help in anyway possible!

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Thanks. I’ll have to look into them!

Always nice to know there is new ways to help!❤️

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Hi, i am still recovering from ARDS. I have post body pains and still have weakness. My hair is still falling out due to the trauma and stress the body takes. But the doctor say it will grow back. Everyday expect to get better little by little and you will.

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I admire your positive attitude and wanted to say so as you are an inspiration after all your have gone through. How nice of you to take time to support others. This is a great community. Thank you.

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Thank you😊 I just want to get enough info and information for all us. To help others ❤️

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Congratulations for being here!

I believe my hair is coming back. I am so most peoples do, I hope.

It seems as it is getting better. Just takes time.❤️

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I tried to visit your YouTube channel using nevadastarrC but it couldn't find it. What am I doing wrong? I think this is a great idea since this is a topic nobody in the medical profession seems to comprehend. I'm 18 months out and still awash in weird feelings and bad dreams.

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Nevada Starr C I think you need to make the space between the names and c. That’s exactly why I am doing this! To try and bring Awareness for others like us! Please try again with the space. Also I have been on the Globle News Calgary. Twice this year. In Jan and this week. They did my story recovery.

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