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This is another episode of “YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED” and in last week’s episode I answered another question from one of our readers and the question last week was
You can check out last week’s question here.
In this week’s episode of “YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED” I want to answer another question from one of our readers and this week Karina asks
“My husband had a HORRIBLE work accident and went into CARDIAC ARREST. Will he be PERMANENTLY DISABLED?”
My 49 year old husband has had a horrible work accident, he fell off a roof while painting. He crashed so badly that he went into a cardiac arrest and he had to be resuscitated when he first arrived at the Hospital in the emergency room as he went into cardiac arrest. They couldn’t rule out that he had a lack of oxygen to his brain during the cardiac arrest.
This is a good two weeks ago now and initially he was in an induced coma and now they have brought him out of the induced coma.
My husband has woken up from the coma and he is now breathing on his own with a Tracheostomy but is acting very funny, he is trying to bite stuff and he moves his tongue a lot.
I’m very nervous that he will become disabled I really need an answer from you please. I think about the fact that he will become disabled every single day and I’m really worried!
I haven’t slept or eaten properly and I need some PEACE OF MIND! Please answer ASAP! Sorry for reaching out to you so late.
He also has had a CT of his brain but it didn’t show any brain damage.
My husband has a brain contusion on the left side and now I am also worried that he might have some brain damage from the lack of oxygen during the cardiac arrest when he had to be resuscitated.
We have three young children and I’m extremely worried!
I’m very sorry to hear what you and your Family are going through since your husband has been admitted to Intensive Care!
And you are more than welcome to ask questions here.
Sometimes when you are faced with a challenge like this it often helps to reach out for help and get a different perspective and help.
From what you are describing Karina, I don’t think there is any reason to panic.
Many critically ill Patients in Intensive Care after coming out of an induced coma can show signs of confusion and agitation. It’s difficult to tell from a distance whether the confusion is from brain damage or from “not waking” up properly after sedation and induced coma.
Here is a link to an article that will explain this issue in more detail
The other issue that you are pointing out is that your husband may have had some brain damage from the cardiac arrest as they couldn’t or can’t rule out lack of oxygen. Sometimes a CT of the brain can be inaccurate and it may not show actual damage or it may show the damage later if there is any.
It’s a good sign however that your husband is moving at all! It would be worse if he wasn’t moving and the coordination of his movement might come back eventually.
Here is a link to a related article about potential brain damage
Patients often get confused after an induced coma and they can also get confused from brain damage/ lack of oxygen to the brain. A brain contusion doesn’t normally cause confusion in the longer term.
Here are more articles that explain the “waking up” issue in Intensive Care in more detail
What’s really important is that you and your Family stay patient and positive during this challenge. Every Patient in Intensive Care is different and you might just give your husband the time he needs to recover.
It’s not only the injuries he has to recover from, he also will take his own time to “wake up” from the sedation!
Wishing you and your Family all the very best
Thank you& Kind Regards
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