Patient Experience in Critical Care

Patient Experience in Critical Care



I felt very safe whilst I was in critical care was a frightening it was frightening when I when I came round from the coma because I I didn't really understand where I was and what what had happened although when it was explained to me I did feel very safe and I did feel that that I was in the right place with relation to recovering from from that but then come in every half now I'm making sure I was ok and asking me if I was alright was was was part of a feeling safe getting them to switch my iPod on which I couldn't believe myself although that choice in music wasn't particularly good they did didn't let me feel comfortable and it was reassuring to see particular nurses that I'd had caring for me over the period of time that I was there so it seemed familiar faces it was very very positive because I felt like everything I was going to get looked after properly yeah I think they you know I'm alive and and they immediately took me back into theatre so they move me from being at death's door through to saving my life and the level of their care was incredible because it was all a shock it wasn't something that they prepared for it wasn't a serious operation and they had no idea why I was responding in the way that I was responding so it was very much hit and miss at one point I was told I had to wait to be moved order to be you know kept dropping things out of the bed and things because there were other patients who were we're not conscious who needed needed help more than I did know whether I imagined that or not I don't know because throughout the time I was there I felt like I was looked after but I think it was a period where I wasn't sure I was being moved between 5cu and HD when it was a bit confusing what was happening when you're unconscious you actually hear what's going on I was aware of discussions about notes I was aware of being washed I was aware I went for him scan and I thought I was dead and always being buried and there I believe there isn't enough understanding of the unconscious person and what what they believe is going on around them however ill they are near death or whatever stage they're out it has to be impressed on them in terms of where they are why they're what's happening to them and every bit of handling needs to be dealt with it so that person is fully awake because although they don't appear to because their eyes are shut yeah and the body functions might appear that they were unconscious in my case I wasn't unconscious I was aware most of the time what was going on me challenges were mostly physical I think for me the walk the walk had a lot of pain in my knees for months and months and I was just desperate for them to it for it to go away I think the greatest shock apart from going completely mad was that physically I was I'd been in for what I don't know three and a half weeks in total but two weeks in critical care and I couldn't wait better I couldn't go up the stairs couldn't feed myself you know I remember wanting to scratch my nose and couldn't do it and so physically it is a huge shock to suddenly be walking with the Zimmy at my age I know this plenty people worse off at that point though it's a big shock and I went home highly motivated with a caring family but I couldn't do anything walk to the bottom of my path come get at the stairs I know you did I did you know eventually it picks up and you know that it's not to worry because you you continually improve but I just feel that some follower would have been would have made it better just being informed just being being aware of you know what's happening to you I mean I spent a lot of time not being else asleep when I was in ICU because I was constantly worried about this what was going on medication I was being given and whether they were giving him correctly and being used to having being medicated you know did my own insulin and sugar levels and taking tablets for my epilepsy you know I was just I couldn't that was you know trying to let somebody else do it and constantly watching but they were very patient with me about it and you know they did talk to me they did the majority of the nursing staff did say are you doing much better you look much better or all of that combined mmm my you know made it less scary it's I'm aware that everybody does the best they can with the resources they have available medically etc but I think that you your physical well-being sits in the context of your psychological well-being and it can save your life in one area to find that it's destroyed in another so I think the two if possible need to go hand-in-hand

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