I’m new here and from the US. My dad (age 76) tested positive for covid 19 and went into the hospital on April 12th. He was put on a ventilator April 13th before he was weaned off after 12 days. He never needed dialysis. He spent another week in ICU then 1 week in step down ICU. He was confused a lot in the hospital and we think he had ICU delirium (the calm / withdrawn type as he was usually more sleepy.) A CT scan was done and it was normal. He was transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation center on May 12th. He is currently there getting occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy. He has to relearn almost everything. Therapies are very slowly progressing.
My concern: His cognitive status continues to fluctuate. One day he is good and the next day he is confused again. He can always identify himself and he knows his family when we FaceTime. But then he will ask for his car keys so he can check his car in the parking lot (he went to the hospital by ambulance so his car is at home.) Yesterday, he knew he was at rehab but he kept looking for my Mom to be there. She passed away 8 years ago. He wanted to call my Mom and talk to her. But a few minutes later he remembered talking to his current partner that morning about getting a lawn sprinkler system installed at her house next week. He has moments of clarity mixed in with confusion. Sometimes he is aware that he is confused and he will ask about it. We tell him how sick he was and he’s always surprised by it.
Prior to this I would say he had normal forgetfulness for his age. But he was actually still working part-time as a Judge before his illness. I’m really getting worried that his cognitive issues are going to be permanent since it’s now been more than a month.
We are so grateful that my Dad has made it this far. I guess I’m just trying to figure out what to expect. Thanks.