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As a nurse, I have seen it all. From heartwarming births to the heartbreaking deaths of patients. But one experience stands out more than any other. It was when I was called to care for a patient who had been in a coma for several weeks. When I entered his room and saw his eyes open, it was like no other experience I’d ever had. In this blog post, I will share my story and tell you what it was like to be woken from the coma and see his eyes open.
How I Got into a Coma
I was hospitalized with a severe head injury. I was in a coma for several weeks. When my eyes opened, I was completely shocked. The first thing I noticed was the bright light shining in my eyes. I couldn't move or speak. My family and friends were all there, but I didn't know what to do or say.
What Happened When My Eyes Opened
When his eyes opened, I knew it was time. My husband had been in a coma for over two months and I knew that he was close to coming out. But when his eyes slowly opened, all I could see was white. It took me a few moments to adjust to the light and then I started to cry. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.
How I Rebuilt My Life After The Coma
It was early Sunday morning when I woke up from my coma. I was in a hospital bed, surrounded by family and friends. My husband and children were there, as well as my parents who had flown in from out of state. It wasn't until later that afternoon that the full extent of what happened began to sink in.
My wife had been driving home from work when she hit a patch of ice and crashed into a tree head-on. The passenger seat belt saved me, but I was unconscious for over 24 hours before being taken to the hospital. When they finally woke me up, it was clear something wasn't right - my eyes were open but I couldn't move or speak. After a few tests, it was clear that I had gone into a coma due to the accident.
For the next month and a half, all we could do was wait and see if my brain would start to heal on its own or if I would need further surgery or therapy after the coma. But miraculously, my brain started healing on its own within days of drifting into sleep and waking up in a coma. Though it took many months for everything to come back completely (including relearning how to walk and speak), now I'm fully recovered physically and mentally and rebuilding my life again.
Lessons Learned From My Coma Experience
When I was in a coma, my family and friends knew that there was a good chance I would not come out of it. But they were also prepared for the possibility that I would.
One thing that I learned from my coma experience is how important it is to have communication with your loved ones during this time. My family kept me updated on their lives and made sure they were there for me when I woke up. This allowed us all to share in my recovery process, and to support each other as we went through what could have been a very difficult time.
It can be really tough when you are in a coma, but having support from your loved ones helps make the process easier.
Writing this piece has been one of the hardest things that I have ever done. As I was falling into a deep coma, my husband sat by my side holding my hand and praying for me. Shortly after being seizure-free for over two years, something went wrong and I fell into a deep coma again. This time, it was not only my husband who was there to hold on to hope; our whole community came together to support us as we waited for an answer about what might happen next. In the end, waiting proved to be well worth it as I woke up from the coma with new memories and renewed faith in our loved ones.