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Steve, I appreciate what you've written re: what life was like for the first 5 years, and where you are now. It sounds like I should talk with my pulmonologist about my plan to return to working in the office; my job can almost completely be done from home and I can avoid the setbacks that you had re: illness.
It struck me that you started this thread over a year ago, but only a few people have added comments. It took a minute to register that there aren't many ARDS survivors, at least not the severe cases that require a ventilator. Covid-19 was definitely the cause of my ARDS, and I was on the vent for 49 days last summer (late May-mid-June). Like you, I find helping others to be a great part of what makes my ordeal "worth it"; I moderate a small group for Covid ICU survivors on Reddit. Thank you for posting here, and being willing to share your experiences. Can you think back to when you felt you were "mostly" recovered, and let me know what you wish you knew then?
I am just now, 9 months out from ICU discharge, wrapping up the last stage of meeting my goals for rehab. I wonder what should I do next to continue making progress, especially with regard to memory. I definitely turned into Dory (the forgetful fish from Finding Nemo) while fighting for oxygen. I'd appreciate any tips you would like to share!