Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Symptoms

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Published: June 30

My husband had cold and then pneumonia. He was admitted to the hospital and within 24 hours we were told he needed to be intubated and put on a respirator. He was then transferred to an ICU and was in an induced coma for 39 days. He has spent 5 months in a hospital and is now being transferred to a rehab facility for another 4 - 6 weeks. He was diagnosed with ARDS. He is still on oxygen as the lungs heal and trying to regain his strength. It will be a long road to a full recovery. We are thinking about a year. We had never heard of ARDS before..

Published: March 02

About 2 weeks ago my friend was not feeling well with cough and fever. We went to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. The doctor told her it was a little unusual that the pneumonia was in her upper lobes. She was admitted and by the third day, she was on nebulizers. By day 6 they decided to intubate and put her on the ventilator, transferred to ICU. Over the next few days her kidneys failed, she is now on dialysis. She is now "critically stable," she is still on the ventilator and dialysis, with drug induced sedation and paralysis. The ICU staff feels she should have made progress by now, but they are also surprised she is still alive. This is someone who didn't smoke, has high blood pressure but no other health problems..