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Nov 23, 2018 · Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) - Let's talk in Intensive Care (ICU)

Yes, October of 1999. I remember a lot of it. When I go to the same ICU with patients my heart rate goes into the 90's. There is a lot of things in our daily lives that never go back to normal. Accepting that and moving on to your new place in life can be difficult after you get out of the ICU. Most of us are terrified of being that sick again and we will do anything to not wind up in the ICU ever again. It can be doubly frustrating for your spouse because you can't do things at the same speed you used to for at least a few months. It's like being a child again as you re-learn things and work on your memory. Spouses and family members get as frustrated as you do when you aren't up to speed.

Nov 23, 2018 · Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) - Let's talk in Intensive Care (ICU)

Hello Everyone,

I'm an ARDS survivor and I spent a week or so on the ventilator and almost 2 weeks in the ICU. I've had the same issues as nearly everyone in this group, which tells me, we're normal people responding to an abnormal situation. This is a great forum for both patients and caregivers. Lots of good resources here that I wish I had in '99.

Steve

Nov 23, 2018 · Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) - Let's talk in Intensive Care (ICU)

Hey Nissi,
I see you have had three respiratory arrests during autumn. Fall and spring are really tough on me because of all the stuff flying around in the air from the farmer's fields as they plant or harvest. Do you live in a rural area? I have to keep the windows closed during harvest and planting seasons so I can breathe a little better since my house has crops on two sides and there are very few wind breaks.
Steve

Nov 23, 2018 · What did you find most surprising once you were out of the ICU? in Intensive Care (ICU)

My lack of stamina in doing anything. Walking to the shower felt like I ran around the block.