What might help me once I’m home?

It may feel strange once you get home, because even the simple things, such as climbing stairs, talking with friends, or getting yourself a drink, may seem hard. You are also likely to feel a lot more tired than when you were in the hospital – this is probably because you are doing more now. You’re using a lot of energy to get better.

It may help to set small, achievable goals for yourself each week, such as taking a bath, dressing yourself, or walking up the stairs. It might help to keep a journal so you can see that you are getting better and stronger each week, even if it doesn’t feel like it.

It might also help you to:

  • Talk about what you are feeling to family and friends
  • Read your journal, if you are keeping one
  • Learn about sepsis to find out what happened
  • Ask your family to fill in any gaps you may have in your memory about what happened to you
  • Make a list of questions to ask your doctor when you go for a check up if you have one.
  • See if you can arrange a visit to the ICU once you’ve gotten better, if you feel it would help you understand things a bit better.

You should find it easier to cope with your feelings as time goes by and as you begin to get stronger and get back to doing your normal activities. If you feel that you are not getting better or are finding it difficult to cope, see your doctor for help.