Let Me Tell You About The Time I Almost Died

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.

Gesh. That's crazy!

Glad your alright and awake now.

Wow, so, no visits to any 'spoilered' threads for you until you catch up!

That's madness, glad you are back, but wow, it must be a spin out missing a whole month of 'the world around you'.

Mantid wrote:

Gesh. That's crazy!

Glad your alright and awake now.

Yeah, no kidding. This makes me feel really fortunate that as bad as it felt at the time, the bout of pneumonia I had a number of years back wasn't even a fraction as severe as yours, malo. Good to hear you're getting your health back.

Hey! Don't quote my wrong "your"! :p

Wow, holy crap, how scary. They have no idea why you were out for so long?

Malor wrote:

Wow, holy crap, how scary. They have no idea why you were out for so long?

None.The surgeon who treated me said I just as easily could have woken up 5 or 6 years from now. I'm just very lucky I guess.

Wowzers Bowzers. Glad you are ok.

Jiminy f*cking Christmas!

Welcome back indeed.

How soon is it no longer rude for us to start making things up and telling you that they happened while you were out?

In other news, it was recently announced that Assassin's Creed is actually a documentary, and the Animus is real.

Please tell me the surgeon didn't look like this:

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(Seriously, you're immensely lucky all around. I'm so glad to see that you're awake and doing okay. Thank you for sharing your story.)

Holy sh*t, dude. I hope you feel better.

Wow. I am glad you are back in the land of the living. Please stay for a while.

Holy Moly! Welcome back!

Good to hear you made it. Hopefully that is your last visit to the hospital for awhile. Take some time off to reflect on your life play some games.

Wow, f*cking hell.

The good news is:
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That's pretty crazy! Glad you are back with us =)

Holy hell! Do you have mental powers now? For some reason I always hoped that after coming out of a coma you'd have mental powers.

Thank you everyone. I have no intentions of leaving for quite a while.

Unfortunately, I've had go back to the hospital to visit a sick relative a few times. I'm treated as a bit of a celebrity by the people who worked on me.

A story with a happy ending.

Jonman wrote:

How soon is it no longer rude for us to start making things up and telling you that they happened while you were out?
:)

Go for it. It was four days before somebody told me I'd missed the Super Bowl.

Wow. Glad you are alright!

sr_malo wrote:

It was four days before somebody told me I'd missed the Super Bowl.

You and the Denver Broncos.

Glad to hear you're doing better.

Wow. Well, glad you're still about.

Welcome back!

Did you dream while you were out of it? I always wonder how immediate it feels between closing your eyes and opening them weeks later.

Certis wrote:

Welcome back!

Did you dream while you were out of it? I always wonder how immediate it feels between closing your eyes and opening them weeks later.

Yes I did. Some of them were pretty crazy (Like discovering I'm Tom Cruise's cousin and being a hot recruit to play college basketball for Kentucky or Syracuse). There was a lot going on in my head.

I thought about the books Watership Down and The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams that I read over 25 years ago and heard songs by Springsteen's "Mr. State Trooper", Kenny Chesney's "That's When I Grew Up", and Dylan's "Knocking On Heaven's Door".

There were plenty of other dreams as well. When I woke up I was sure I had bought two dogs. Weird.

Did they tell you right away how long you'd been out?

Glad to hear you endured it. What a scary ordeal. Here's hoping you have a complete and full recovery very soon.

That is crazy business! Good to have you back. How long did it feel like from your perspective? Did it feel like a night's rest? Or much longer?

Wow, welcome to the future! not much has changed since your era but we're glad you were able to wake up and join us to share tales of how things once were!

No really, welcome back, very happy you pulled through - f*ck pneumonia!

sr_malo wrote:

Dylan's "Knocking On Heaven's Door".

Think, even in a coma, I might have gotten nervous about hearing that one.

Wow, that's crazy!

Nice to have you back =)

Thanks for sharing your story. I am totally astonished to hear it! Best of luck with further recovery process.

Holy crap, what a tale! I'm glad you recovered. At least you get a good story out of it.