Just after Christmas of 2013 I fell extremely ill (H1N1, sepsis, respiratory failure, cardiac arrest), given life support and put into a medically induced coma for a month so that medicine and machines could heal my body.  This was a traumatic and life altering experience for me and my family and friends, but I lived to tell the tale.

I am not yet whole.   It has been over two years since I woke up and I have worked as hard as possible to restore myself to pre-coma Dawna, learning along the way to accept who I am now. It is a work in progress.

Originally I had thought about a separate blog related to my rehabilitation, but a good friend convinced me that it wasn’t a separate topic from life with dawna – it was in fact the reality of life with dawna.

With that in mind, I will publish my stories of recovery here because although I am physically recovering as an individual, we are all recovering as a family.  There is a new reality for us – one where I am physically diminished and easily fatigued.

Prior to being sick I had made my way through life looking through a very logical and orderly lens. Post coma my scientific logical business self is lame from injury.   A different lens on life has emerged, I see in terms of art, design, colours, shapes, and stories tell.

4 Replies to “Dawna On The Mend”

  1. You go girl….I have always loved your joyfulness, work ethic, humour and spirit. Contact me if you ever want to chat!

    1. Hi Dawn; I had the same thing happen to me in 2005, where my body just shut down– enlarged heart; collapse lung; congestive heart failure; kidneys; 60 lbs of retained fluid; induced coma for a month. Have had personal tragedy since then in 2007 our daughter was killed in a single car accident she had just turned 20. However it is now 2015 am I still here. And now have a grandson that is a year old and the joy of our lives. I would like to keep in contact with you, its hard to talk to someone that has not been through what we have been. Take Care Jane

Thanks for your input!

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