Michael,I would like to share my post surgery experiences recovering from an ascending aortic aneurysm repair in 2007. The night after surgery, I also experienced some form of dream, nightmare or hallucination. The experience was so vivid and powerful, I was able to recall very specific details when awake and write down the memories.The three experiences were later explained to me by a nurse practitioner as a form of psychosis brought about by the psychoactive meds given to all open heart surgery patients, to help them mind forget the worst of the experience. All of the dreams took place during the summer, after midnight and in the dark. My surgery was during a heat wave in July, i was sedated over night for twelve hours after surgery and we had lived two years Jersey City when we were first married. Here is a brief summary of my post surgery technicolor hallucinations or dream states:
1st Dream Sequence - Place: A rundown, warehouse area of downtown, Jersey City; Date: August evening - recent past; Time: Past midnight
2nd Dream Sequence - Place: US Army Patton Barracks (Grenadier Kaserne), Heidelberg, Germany Date: 1965 to 1970 Time: 3:00 AM
3rd Dream Sequence - Place: Soho District - Lower Manhattan, NYC; Date: Summer, 2007; Time: Late eveningThis may provide you some understanding of the effects of the psychoactive drugs which you were probably given during or after surgery. Send an email to email@example.com, if you would like more details.All the Best,Vic Fabry
Was anyone who suffered from this aware of how to prepare or prevent this in a new hospitalization. In 2016 I had a gastric surgery which was supposed to be very routine. After being discharged and home for a few days I went by ambulance back in. Over the course of the next month I had two blood clots that required interventional radiology treatment. In preparing for the second treatment I experienced a full psychotic incident. No one was ever able to explain why it happened but reading your stories it was so similar. I was fully convinced I was having a heart attack. I was visiting with my children and telling them good bye. After my treatment I was telling my doctor all about the heart attack asking about the damage. My mother had to take him outside to explain I was nuts. They made me have a ct scan and a psychiatrist was called. It is as vivid today as it was then.
'I am scheduled to have open heart surgery in May to fix my mitral valve. I am so anxious about experiencing this again. I am worried about being alone in the hospital due to COVID and surgery if this happens again. Any advice on how to deal with what I call surgery ptsd?