Moments in Time – Regaining Consciousness

The 5th day of my transplanted heart!

Five years ago today I would have loved to have screamed, “I’m BACK!!!”

But in reality, regaining consciousness after being in a comatose for most of the previous 3 weeks is NOT like what might see in the movies. One does NOT simply wake up, hair neatly combed, smiling at the nurses and your family and then carry on a normal conversation.

I can remember very fuzzy vision, people asking me a LOT of questions about how I felt, if I was in pain, can you squeeze my hand, etc, etc. I was also still intubated (breathing tube in my throat) …. my throat was so dry it was on fire and I could not speak. I didn’t know where I was, and I didn’t really care. Minutes could have been hours, hours could have been minutes.

There was a little (7″) TV on near my face, but I couldn’t comprehend what was on the screen or coming from the speaker.

I was clueless, more so than usual, and all I wanted was this thing out of my throat. I drifted in and out. I didn’t have any grasp on reality.

I’m still in the dark about my situation and DON’T know that I needed nor had a heart transplant, but this was a huge first step!!

Prayers from hundreds, maybe more, of people were being answered …….

About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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