After 63 days from admission, from HDU to 33 days on a ventilator in ITU, 7 days in recovery in ITU, then critical care, I am delighted to say my husband has been medically discharged from hospital. We like many of you have had the emotional roller coaster and on many occasions didn't think he would pull through . We have had oxygen levels ramped up, then levelled off, then back up again, temperature spikes galore, kidneys, liver, heart issues , sedation holds failing time after time, blood pressure rising, then dipping , blood clots.....
Once he left ITU on to the recovery ward, wow ICU delirium , nothing ever prepares you for this, I was naive enough to think, once he is off the ventilator he will be okay. It's so cruel,the nurses kept telling me it will pass, it was nearly 3 weeks. To see him in a trance like state , was horrific , we smiled for him, then sobbed when the video ended . It passed eventually and we now laugh at some of his ramblings, the nurses were so supportive an told me to write them down as we will look back and laugh at them. He is still confused and can't distinguish if the trip under the sea to New York was real or a dream
It really does feel like a miracle, he has had a heart attack , his mobility is extremely weak, cognitive skills also need lots of support , goodness knows what damage this virus has done to his lungs . We are now going to focus on the next phase of his recovery.
Last night he was transferred to a local rehab centre where they will focus on the horrendous muscle wastage he has suffered. It's heartbreaking to see 5 physio's helping your husband try to stand, my husband was a fit healthy man, his legs were solid muscle, they are just jelly . He is determined to regain his mobility, so that's half the battle . Please feel free to ask me questions, I will also update you of his progress. What a journey, but please don't give up hope. Finally we can't thank the NHS enough, I will be banging my saucepans tonight .x