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first of all
I am not sure what your exact diagnosis was...
it appears you had a bacterial infection that caused jaundice and liver failure and sepsis
perhaps you had a liver abscess if you had surgical drains inserted
or perhaps this was a gall bladder problem
it's not clear from your question
but your loss of memory for your time in the ICU
is very common
and to be expected
as is the anxiety you feel about travel
having a near-death experience changes people
and it would help me to know exactly what your discharge diagnosis from the hospital was
do you have your discharge paperwork?
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Hello, It was pyogenic liver
that doesn't make sense to me
pyogenic means 'generating pus'
so I understand that
but why did they put drains in? did they put them into your liver or into the gall-bladder inside the liver?
I think you may mean 'pyogenic liver abscess'.... is this possible?
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I think the exact nature of your illness is not nearly as important as the fact that you were in the ICU, had severe sepsis, and that the focus of infection was your liver.
Now your blood cultures are normal and your home care has been discontinued
long hospitalizations and severe illness can cause hair loss
and there is every reason to expect that as you recover you will get your hair back
I am not sure what you are referring to when you say 'high recurrence rate for this problem'
the fact is that if you did have a pyogenic liver abscess that you would need to be exposed to the causative bacteria or amoeba again to have this problem again
again, it would be easiest for me to answer if we had the exact terminology on your discharge sheet
I think your physician, being in posession of your hospital records and knowing the precise nature of your illness will likely to be able to reassure you that you are not at risk of recurrence simply by travelling.
your memory loss is a common occurence for those who spend weeks in the hospital under sedation and with anesthesia.
the fact is that you were likely in a state of delerium at the peak of your illness
and this would explain, as well, in addition to any sedating medicines given to you, why you were acting out of character with the nursing staff.
as an ER doctor I see this all the time with acutely ill people who act completely out of character, often getting angry and shouting, and then as they get well they have no memory of this.
I would not trouble yourself further about this indicent.
the medical term for your acting out of character is 'altered mental status' and it was due to your sepsis.
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