Hallucinations in ICU after sepsis and pneumonia

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A couple of years ago, I went into hospital for a routine operation on my tongue.  After the procedure my tongue was very swollen, so they decided to put me back to sleep until the swelling went down.  Unfortunately I then contracted sepsis and pneumonia, was on life support for a week or so.  It took me a long time to recover physically and mentally from this experience.  I had the most horrendous hallucinations whilst in ICU.  I felt like I had been buried alive, embalmed, some of the nurses were from hell and some were from heaven and they were both trying to take me.  Even though this was a long time ago now, I still remember it like it was yesterday.   Has anyone else had similar experiences?

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    Hi

    I am sorry I cannot help you, but quite an experience. Maybe some others on the forum might. Have you discussed this with your doctor?

    Vivian

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    My mum thought she was in a war zone after her operation in hospital and was begging us to rescue her from the 'nurses with the guns'. Its a very difficult  time for some people but is solely a result of reaction to the drugs given. My aunt had the same thing and her husband was very worried as he thought she needed a psych, Try to put it behind you and remember it  was just the effect of the drugs you were given and nothing  else. Good luck
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    yes, similar, during sepsis. keyboard malfunction can not elaborate right now . Does seem like yesterday, very real. sympathize!
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    Hi

    Last year following a bout of tonsillitis, I too developed pneumonia and septicemia and was in an induced coma for 12 days in ICU.

    The hallucinations were dreadful and very frightening it seemed that even closing my eyes when blinking would feel as if I was in an underground chamber in which 3D "monsters - devils - gargoyles" would lunge toward me as if to drag me deeper into hell. I remember lying in bed exhausted but telling the nurses that I was too afraid to go to sleep because I beleived I would die if I did.

    I was reassured repeatedly that these awful images were a result of the many medications given while in the coma, and that they would gradually fade as the meds left my system. It helped to know that when awake, but they continued to be a fixture for several days and caused a lot of distress.

    Thankfully the staff were right and they did fade, but I can empathise with you as the memory of that time still feels very raw and an experience I hope never to repeat.

    Good luck my dear with your ongoing recovery and I hope that in the goodness of time - your recollections (mine too) become dim and distant memories.

    Miceelf

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