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Thu, Feb 7 9:30pm · Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) - Let's talk in Intensive Care (ICU)

Hi, I am 4 years post Septic Shock survivor. No one gave me any information when I left the hospital or rehab about PICS. It was a slow recovery and I had many of the symptoms listed. I was diagnosed with Toxic Metabolic Encephalopathy while in the ICU. I had delirium. I noticed many cognitive issues during early recovery including loss of memory and overall cognitive functioning. I feel I am still not 100% as I was before my septic shock, but very grateful to have survived and be as healthy as I currently am. I wish the Hospital would have given me more information and after support. I also was just diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy after trying to tell the Doctor for the past 3 1/2 years that I was numb and cold in my toes and fingertips. I was lucky to have found a septic shock survivors support group and I asked if anyone else had those symptoms. I received numerous responses from other survivors that actually had to have amputations due to drop in blood pressure and vasopressor medications while in ICU. I immediately called my Doctor and he had me come in and finally made the proper diagnosis. I also had acute respiratory failure and required mechanical ventilation for over 2 weeks. I also developed the dreaded hospital acquired infections that made me even sicker. I survived and I am grateful and blessed. I think anyone who goes thru such critical illness understands what a precious gift life is. Thank you for being here.