Today I was finally able to leave the hospital after exactly 1 month, 15 of thoughs days in ICU, of entering the hospital. It all started about 7 weeks ago when I ended up with strep throat. That lead to bronchitis and pleurisy. The chest pain was painful enough to drop me to my feet so I went to the ER and was treated with anti-biotics and was sent home. Then a week later it wasn't any better so Feb. 13 I went into the ER again where they discovered 3 pockets of fluid amounting to roughly a gallon and a half and a collapsed lung. They inserted 2 chest tubes but it wasn't draining like it should of. They told me that they would have to go in and operate to drain the fluid and scrape the lineing of the lung. At 17 this scared the crap out of me. After the sugery they inserted 4 chest tubes and sent me to ICU with a ventalator tube and knocked out cold. Then my lung collapsed again and a 7 inch blood clot formed. I was rushed back into sugery to remove the blood clot and recieved 17 units of blood. they stapled me up and sent me back to ICU. Yet another complication occured when i started to leak air all over my body. I blew up like a balloon. The doctors and nurses all thought code blue followed by a body bag was almost guarentteed. But some how I was able to pull out of it and was brought out of sedation only 3 days later. i spent about the next week awake with a vent. They took the vent tube out and moved me to peds. 3 days after that I was able to go home. My near brush with death ended up as a good learning experence for med students due to the fact that everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Im still left with a nemothorax but they say that may never go away. All and all Im just glad to be alive.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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