Getting home

Getting home is a huge step on the road to recovery. While it is often an enormous relief to be back home, some may find the first few weeks a bit of an emotional rollercoaster in terms of readjusting to everyday life. In this section, we've provided some general information and advice on the common physical and psychological issues you might face,what you can do to help the recovery process along, and the types of help that might be available to you and your family after you get home.We've also included a few short pieces on other people's experience, which we hope you will find helpful.

 

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Document: Post-traumatic stress-a patient's story

This is a short article in the British Medical Journal.It was written by a former patient who was training to be a Doctor at the time when she became ill.

Web Link: Prescriptions: online service (Boots)

You might find, in the first few weeks after getting home, that you're really tired or not quite as mobile as you'd like. Some pharmacies offer to deliver your prescription to your home.This link will take you to the Boots Pharmacy website, where you can find out more about this service.

Web Link: Prescriptions: online service (Lloyds Pharmacy)

You might find, in the first few weeks after getting home, that you're really tired or not quite as mobile as you'd like. Some pharmacies offer to deliver your prescription to your home.This link will take you to the Lloyds Pharmacy website, where you can find out more about this service.

Web Link: Return to driving

Even if you didn't previously have a medical condition or disability that affected your ability to drive, a number of common Intensive Care related issues may affect your confidence or ability to drive. These include ongoing weakness in the arms and legs, poor concentration or visual impairments.You may have new medications which might affect your ability to drive.Speak to your GP or check with the DVLA if you're not sure whether you should be driving. This link will take...

Web Link: Self help for common psychological issues

This link will take you to a website called "Mood Juice", which has been developed by psychologists in NHS Scotland. You can access and print off useful self-help guides on a number of issues including anxiety, depression, flashbacks,having problems sleeping and bereavement.

Web Link: Self-help materials at your local library

This link will take you to the Glasgow Life website, and to their page on Healthy Reading. Every local library in Glasgow has a section dedicated to self-help materials, such as books, CDs, DVDs, etc. You can borrow them for free if you join the library. 

Web Link: Self-management help

This link will take you a website with Self-amanagement advice. Self management is about people living with long term conditions being in ‘the driving seat’. It supports people to live their lives better, on their terms.

Article: Short term memory loss

Some patients experience a range of short-term memory problems after Intensive Care. This is sometimes called "cognitive impairment" or "cognitive dysfunction". This may mean that you have problems remembering things, you may find that you can't concentrate for long periods, or you may find that your attention span is shorter than it was before.Some people also have difficulty working out problems or organising complex tasks. This may mean, for example, that you...

Article: Skin and nail changes

Dry or itchy skin Patients sometimes experience dry, itchy or sensitive skin in the weeks and months after Intensive Care. Others have told us that using moisturiser can help.Ask your GP or pharmacist for their advice on which products to try. Scarring You may notice a number of scars where you've had lines or tubes inserted, usually in the hands, wrists, arms, neck, groin, chest or near your collarbone. You may also have a scar from any operations you may have...