Yesterday’s Guardian had this section, entitled “Learning to breathe again: the long road to recovery from Covid-19”. The ICU service is exceptional and this article reminded both my husband and I of his 7-day stay in ICU, during a hospitalisation for about 28 days.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/07/the-road-to-recovery-for-covid-19-patients?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other. As David Hepburn says “If you end up on ITU, its a life changing experience.”
My husband didn’t have Covid-19, but I still remember being told that he might not make it, but make it home is what he did which was followed by a careful recovery to full fitness. This article so mirrored our experience.
So what helped us with his recovery? First there was a great booklet in ICU for relatives to read from an organisation called ICU steps. As relatives are not allowed onto the ward, here is the link were you can download it for free. I really recommend it as it certainly helped me to “get my head around” the situation, for which I had no previous experience.
For those whose health recovers, returning to a ward and then home again are really big steps for everyone, in any circumstances let alone Covid-19. Calm, patience, sleep, gentle breathing and above all a positive step by step approach to recovering wellness, are all essential ingredients.
I am a health and learning coach, and if I can support you, do e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org. The patients won’t remember much with just snippets of memory, those close to them need support too.
Sending all our love to families and ICU departments across the globe.
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