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Jan 20, 2017 · Anesthesia types and effect on cognitive function in elderly persons in Brain & Nervous System

My grandmother had knee replacement surgery several years ago now. She was about ten years younger then you when she decided it was the right option for her. The anesthesia did not have a terrible effect on her then- but since she has had other health issues and multiple surgeries. With each event and surgery the recovery has been a bit more complicated. She is now 78 and her advancing age, other health issues, and having multiple procedures in one year have become a lot for her to overcome. However, the future is never certain and the knee replacement did benefit her for a period of years.

The most important thing in my personal opinion is to decide based on what is best for you. It will be painful and a lot of hard work with no real guarantees- as with anything in life. Just remember an elective procedure is just that- a choice. Pray about it, get informed, and rally your support system. If you decide it’s what’s best for you be proactive and engage your care team early. You are already way ahead of the game. Good luck on your path to better health! You are in the driver seat on this one!

Jan 20, 2017 · Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) - Let's talk in Intensive Care (ICU)

Rosemary-
Thank you for sharing part of your story. It’s reassuring to hear that the chaotic experience has faded some over so many years. How is your health since then? How is your husband doing? I’ve heard that memory loss and time gaps are common in people who are so seriously ill. Other than the passing of time what helped you get past it all?

Jan 20, 2017 · Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) - Let's talk in Intensive Care (ICU)

I’m so glad that mayo clinic connect has created a space to talk about the stresses and consequences of being seriously ill. I have been personally affected by two family members that had ICU admissions. My grandmother is still struggling with physical debility and memory issues since her ICU stay – even years since her illness. My husband had a very brief stay in the ICU after a major health scare and I can tell you, even as a healthy young man, the stay traumatized him and affected him psychologically long after he recovered physically – it is something he will never forget.

I’m looking forward to hear others’ experiences, what works well to cope, and personal struggles and triumphs. No one plans for a stay in the intensive care, but those that find themselves there have to deal with how life changing the experience can be.