Just in time for Halloween! Some newly discovered horror show pictures.

Last week while I was clearing out my cell phone, I stumbled upon these eerie photos that my partner Douglas must have taken when I was in the hospital this past June. If you recall, I was intubated for an asthma exacerbation, but had a reaction to the drug propofol, known as propofol infusion syndrome . As a result, they had to stop giving me the drug, which made it difficult to keep me sedated while I was still on the ventilator.

These are some photos of me waking up on the ventilator during that event. You probably can’t tell from the photos, but I had the worst feeling of suffocation imaginable, but at the same time I was so doped up… I couldn’t react to it. It was awful!
When I first saw these pictures, it was kinda like deja vu. Now, they just plain gross me out, so I thought Id share them with my ghoulish asthmatic friends.


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8 thoughts on “Newly discovered horror pictures

  1. Danielle says:

    Halloween-worthy? Yes, definitely. Gave me the heebie-jeebies. I do not have a single photo of myself while in hospital and I'm pretty OK with that. *shudder*

    1. My partner has been through this with me so many times, he always takes photos….just in case. He's kinda morbid that way.

  2. Susannah says:

    Zombie Steve or what!
    Have a few grim ones of my own but not of the "I can't be sedated" state you were in. So what are they using now?
    Of interest to me-nice mouthpiece for the tube-why don't we get those in the UK? Such 5 star treatment over there!
    And-do they really write the date by your IV cannulas? I guess they should do that here too-I once had one left in me for 2 weeks-nobody thought to pull it out incase it was needed again-ouch!

    Keep em coming-but only historically please-stay home for a bit at least!

    Sus xx

  3. Elisheva says:

    *shudders* Hope you never need to go through that again, Steve.

  4. Elisheva says:

    Hey, I was wondering if you've ever taken apart a diskus inhaler. I did in one of my posts and Kerri said you might be interested. So here's the link: http://gingitkchula.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/its-

    Hope you never need to go thru that kind of stuff ever again. Eek!

  5. You actually noticed the ET tube holder? Yeah, I noticed that too, pretty spiffy eh! And yes, by law ALL IVs (cannulas) have to be dated and changed out every 4 days . You havent lived until you've had an IV inserted in your foot..Ouch! Thankfully, I was asleep when they put it in. In fact, I woke up with an A-line and the foot IVs! They must have waited till I was knocked out to put those in, because they know how much I hate em.

  6. Yes, I have. They actually they actually teach that now in RT school. Knowing how the thing works, make it easier to understand the most effective way to get the medication into your lungs.

  7. Susannah says:

    Elisheva-Yep-J did that with one of mine many years ago-and hearing the engineer say how incredibly clever they are was surely a massive compliment for GlaxoSmithKlein !

    Steve-that's amazing about the 4 day IV rule-doesn't exist here-like I said I had one stuck in for 2 weeks until I could bear it no longer and yelled at them to get it out.

    Haven't had my feet used yet-but both ankles yes, groin plenty, worst of mine so far was the index finger of my writing hand.

    My veins are still usable-bendy, scarring now and collapse a lot but at least they're not buried. If my veins gave up I'd want a Port-ever considered that yourself?

    Keep on healin' mate

    Sus xx

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