Hi everyone. Nearly all the stories I've read on here have been very upsetting and I really feel for the people involved. It is life changing but I'm writing this to try and give people some hope and to let you know that if you're lucky and with support you can recover from this horrendous illness.
I was rushed to Margate A&E in January by my house mate after spending three days on my sofa thinking I had flu. He could see I wasn't right. My body started to shut down and I couldn't communicate, walk or work out what was going on. I vaguely remember getting to A&E but after that nothing. Five days later I woke up in Canterbury ICU in a very bad way. A further 3 days were spent in ICU where I received excellent care from the staff and also the support of my family. All I could do was talk and cry. My emotions were all over the place and I was hallucinating real bad. Next was being moved to high dependency for 3 days. Here I started to make some progress, with the use of a Zimmer frame I could walk a small distance, with the help of a nurse. All the time I was staying positive and pushing myself. Then I was moved to a normal hospital bed in a ward, I would get myself showered in the morning, which took all my energy and then attempt a short walk each day. Everything was a struggle. My eye sight was all over the place and my hearing was seriously impaired. Slowly after a few weeks all this sorted itself out. I suffered bad anxiety and was very emotional when I returned home but after a revisit to the hospital to see the nurses and where I was treated this is much better now. This really helps and I would recommend it!
Now 9 weeks later I'm back at work full time and training at the gym 6 days a week. I received excellent care at hospital and amazing support from my family, all of which helped me recover so quickly.
I know I've been so so lucky and given a second chance at life. There is hope after this illnes people!