I often get asked what it’s like being in and coming out of a coma. Well, sorry to disappoint you, the time I was in a coma, was a giant black hole of “nothingness”. No sights, no sounds, no hallucinations, visits from dead people. Nothing. Just a giant gap in time that I wasn’t aware I was missing. It was kind of like being under anesthesia for a surgery or something only for 10 days.
When I woke up, I couldn’t really move my legs or my right arm. I had minimal function in my left arm. I was confused and couldn’t speak. I couldn’t swallow, just they had to suction me. I had horrible double vision because my right eye was crooked. I had no balance. I was in huge rage for days because of medication side effects. My fine motor and gross motor skills were shot. So much so that I was put in four point restraints for days. I had cognitive impairments that were extremely discouraging for a straight A student. After I came out of my coma, I had hallucinations that I was in this cabin at a camp in the middle of the woods and I just wanted to go home. The “Camp nurse” (the actual nurse) told me I couldn’t leave and it upset me. Everything upset me for a few days following awaking up. I was a pretty hot mess to say the least. This is just a fraction of the things I experienced post-coma. It would be over 6 months before I returned to my baseline.