On January 19,2014 I had a friend drive me to the Emergency Room of my local hospital. I had been diagnosed with a case of pneumonia the Friday before but since it was a Sunday I couldn't see my regular physician until later in the week.
While in the waiting room, I collapsed from respiratory failure. If I'd been anywhere else, work, shopping, or home in bed (where I really wanted to be), literally anywhere else, I probably would have died.
The doctors couldn't figure out how to treat me at first so, in order to keep me calm while they worked on a solution I was placed in a coma for “a couple of days” until they decided the best options for my treatment. I was placed on heavy doses of antibiotics and the usual array of drugs given to comatose patients (blood thinners, blood pressure meds, and things I can't remember) to keep me functional.
Once the pneumonia was under control the doctors decided to bring me out of the coma but I wouldn't wake up. What was supposed to be “a couple of days” turned into 4 ½ weeks. My mom told me that they were beginning to discuss “long term care options” for me since nobody could say if, or when I would come around.
On Sunday February 22, 2014, I woke up. Nothing special happened, I simply woke up in a sitting area next to my closest friend with no idea of what happened.
I've been told by my doctors and nurses that my recovery has been miraculous. I spent another week in ICU where I was fitted with a Passy-Muir valve so I could speak again and began eating solid food five days after regaining consciousness. I was moved to a regular room eight days after I came around and discharged from the hospital on March 7.
During my last appointment, the surgeon who treated me said “we threw everything including the kitchen sink at you but we couldn't fix you”. Then he asked me if I believed in God and gave me a big hug. I still have some things to deal with like a lack of energy, a bit of forgetfulness, and a tracheotomy that needs to be closed but I'm home again with my cats, my friends, and my own stuff getting stronger every day.
It's nice to return to the GWJ community. I missed being here.