ICU PsychosisSat, 06/22/2019 - 10:01PM
My father had LVAD surgery on June 11th since then things have moved more slowly with his recovery than we had hoped. For the last 7-8 days has been suffering from low sodium levels, low oxygen levels, and bouts of what they are calling ICU Psychosis. He either is disoriented and unsure of where he is and see people who aren’t there. Or he becomes angry and aggressive and combative stating he wishes he never had the surgery and that he just wants to die. That if someone gave him access to sharp knives he would end it all right now. On Monday this past week I was admitted to the ER and was told I had a fibroid that needed to be removed, I was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday this week. When they went in to do my procedure they found that I actually have a condition called Adenomyosis and the only true cure for it is a hysterectomy. At 30 that is quite a shock, having your medical diagnosis change so quickly in 48hours it is a shock, and to go through all this while your father is recovering from such major surgery is very overwhelming. I have the last two days been scared by calls from my dad saying he is done with life, he wants to die, that there are strange people in his room. I call the desk and tell the nurses, who are always aware and that the drs in call are aware as well as his primary cardiologist but it just seems no one knows how to fix it. Has anyone else had a love one experience this after LVAD surgery. How did you get through. How did you cope? Please anyone with advice I am lost as to what do.