Last week I was scheduled to have a simple septoplasty surgery, with terbinate reduction, on an outpatient basis. It was supposed to be a 90 minute surgery, a few hours in recovery, and then home. Instead, I woke up later that night in the ICU, attached to a ventilator and many other machines. It was explained to me that immediately following the surgery, I aspirated blood into my lungs. I guess the blood had been in the back of my throat during the surgery? I was immediately placed back under anesthesia and intubated.
I was on the ventilator for three days and then weaned off. The condition was referred to as aspiration pneumonitis. I received lung treatments, which affected my blood sugar, requiring me to take insulin. I also experienced problems with my blood pressure, requiring medication which drained my potassium and left me with severe muscle cramps.
I am home today and wondering how this could happen? Has anyone ever heard of anything like it? I am looking for information about the best path to recovery, etc. and cannot find anything! The doc said it will take weeks for my lungs to heal completely. I wonder if I will continue to battle the blood sugar and blood pressure problems.
Please let me know if you have ever heard of something like this happening. I would like to heal the best way and also to know how this could have happened to me.