IAMA previously healthy 21 year old who was diagnosed with an “unidentifiable” illness that left me in the hospital for a month, unconscious and on a ventilator, AMA!
My short bio: This time last year, I went to the doctor feeling like I had the flu, I had a high fever and a lot of trouble breathing, but didn't think it was that serious. I was admitted to the hospital, and the next thing I remember is Christmas Eve. The doctors were unable to figure out what caused me to become so sick, but I was heavily sedated and on a vent for almost 3 weeks, and when I woke up I had lost all my motor functions, I was unable to walk, barely able to speak, and my coordination was so poor I couldn’t even unlock my phone. I experienced "ICU delirium," which caused me to have a lot of really weird and scary hallucinations. During this time I also racked up over a quarter of a million in medical bills! Ask me anything about my illness and recovery!
Here is an album of part of my journey, that should help explain a little more!
My proof: A picture of me this morning. I could upload medical records or something similar if necessary, but assumed the album of pictures would be enough.
EDIT (12/5 8:30AM): thank you everyone for your questions and responses to this point! Just one note,while I appreciate all of the suggested diagnoses I have received, I feel than many of them either do not match my symptoms, do not match my exposure or have already been ruled out. As stated in some of the comments, my doctors tested me for pretty much every conceivable disease while I was in the hospital (viral, bacterial, autoimmune, cancer, etc), and also asked my best friends/roommates about any weird potential exposure risks I may have had. At this point I am not actively seeking a diagnosis, and it is unlikely that anyone without my full medical records would be able to give an accurate one. I please request that you stop messaging me with your suggestions of GB, Lyme disease, destruction of my gut biome etc. Not that the messages were not appreciated, just that I've heard it before, but there's a reason that my doctors had not diagnosed me with these somewhat common diseases!