Coma Nightmares

In March of 2006 I was in intensive care battling pneumonia and H1N1. My body crashed and I was put on life support for 10 days with induced coma. I remember extremely psychotic "dreams". These nightmares happened on the 2 occasions they tried to remove respirator. Both times I failed to breathe on my own so I was back on the respirator until the day before they were planning to do a tracheotomy--I finally breathed without the respirator. I don't remember much; except the times they tried to take me off the respirator and I heard & "saw" my best friend Chris who visited me frequently. I awoke with a sense of amazement and purpose. It took me about 2 months to feel like my old self; but the sense of purpose and new meaning has stayed with me and my whole life has changed for the better. If you had a similar experience and are struggling to deal with the after effects let me know; maybe I can help.
MNWoman MNWoman
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5 Responses Jun 19, 2012

I was in a med ind coma from feb 2013 to june 2013. I had a stroke caused by endocarditis. I had open heart surgery twice during this period. I had vivid dreams usually based on the activities and sounds around me. They were sometimes dreadful, but at others, wonderful. To this day i believe that my mother who had been deceased for 6 years traveled the entire path with me. I am convinced of a happy afterlife from this experience. I have never remembered sleeping dreams as vividly or as detailed as i have the coma dreams. I have regained full cognitive function. I am the luckiest person alive.

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I was put into an induced coma in 2013 for pneumonia for two weeks. In that time I had extremely bad nightmares. I never heard outside my coma. My world was my coma I thought it was actually happening. In short I dreamt my whole family was dead in one way or another. When I woke up I couldn't I couldn't ask them about my family as I thought it all actually happened. I signed can I have pen and paper but I was to week to write. When I could just whisper I asked them where my husband was and they told me they'd notified him I was awake, but he still hadn't come in, or any of my family. I got to the stage that they where holding back the news that all my family was dead incase I relapsed. My husband finally came in and explained he had one of his severe migraines and couldn't drives. My family had been asking about me every day or night by phone and my daughter who lives near by wouldn't come in as she was to scared. I had diapers, couldn't walk as I was so week ended staying in intensive care another week. Bodily functions inbarrassed me I thought I was dirty person. I still remember the nightmares so clearly, I feel like I've had some brain slowness cause sometimes I can't think of the word that goes in the sentence health wise I'm a lot better except for my viral arthritis which I've had for 11 years and very painful. Mentally I can't get rid of the nightmares I had about my family. What should I do ?

I had a nearly identical experience, I was in an induced coma for 26 days. I had severe pneumonia and H1b. I also had many strange nightmares. They were extremely vivid and stay with me to this day. I have tried to figure out if the dreams had any special meaning or purpose, but I still don't have any clue as to what they represent. It's nice to hear from someone who has had the same experience as me.

During your coma did you get dream or nightmares? Were you able to hear people talk around you?

Wow, how amazing and great that you have a renewed sense of life!