FAQ - Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Nonketotic Coma
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How does someone in a coma have a bowel movement?


I've always wondered how this works. I know that once someone has been in a coma for a while, they are only getting i.v. fluids, but at the start of it - what happens?

Also, what about people who are paralyzed? Do they have to wear Depends?
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well I am speaking as a nurse, who takes care of paralyzed and comatose patients.. They have bowel movements the same as a regular person, except they don't go through the pushing routine! It travels and expells the same way! Yes they wear depends/ or diapers, or there would be a huge mess.. Another thing, most of them don't know when the have to go, so depends helps with that as well! It not a big difference, only thing is they have no control over when they go!  (+ info)

How long does it take a coma victim to speak and move?


Lets say this person hasn't been in a coma for long, maybe a week to ten days tops. Would it take them long to speak or move?
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It depends on the person and every person is different.

There is no fixed rate of recovery.  (+ info)

What's the treatment for Coma patients to regain use of their body after two weeks?


After being in a Coma for two weeks I need to know the treatment that would be done for patients and how long it would take to regain the ability to speak and move their body regularly.

I can not find this anywhere else and this is important to me plus wouldn't post a question if I wasn't desperate.
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That depends on a lot of things. What was the cause of the coma? Stroke? Physical trauma? Drug overdose? Suffocation?

In general, the treatment would be to get the limbs moving, use a walker and / or treadmill, practice kicking a soccer ball, hum a lot, practice making vowel sounds.

There have been people in comas for over 20 YEARS and recover from them, but in their cases it took months for significant improvement.  (+ info)

What's the different from being asleep, in a coma,or being dead?


I know when you are in a coma, you can hear but not responds. The heiress just died that was in a coma for twenty eight years. Why did it take so long before she died?
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Sleep is a natural state of bodily rest observed throughout the animal kingdom.

A coma is a profound state of unconsciousness. A comatose person cannot be awakened, fails to respond normally to pain or light, does not have sleep-wake cycles, and does not take voluntary actions.

Death is the permanent termination of the biological functions that define living organisms.  (+ info)

How long are you hospitalized after a coma?


I'm writing a movie in which a guy is beat up really badly and goes into a coma for two months. What's the shortest reasonable time they'd let him leave the hospital, assuming he seems ok otherwise? Like two days, or more like two weeks or something?

I'd like it to be as short as possible, but don't want it to seem unrealistic.
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It all depends on progression of the patient.. they just don't go... "well your 2 weeks is up.. time to check out" it all depends on the severity of the injuries.. and therapy. Also, depending on the hospital medical coverage has a big say.  (+ info)

What happens when someone goes into a coma?


What do they see while they're in the coma? Is it like sleep where sometimes you see some kind of a dream or sometimes it all just looks black? I'm working on something that could really depend on this. Thanks for at least checking this out!
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What could you be working on that would depend on knowing what someone sees when they go into a coma? There are several types of comas and reasons for being in them. It’s like saying someone is sick by trying to describe everything from the flu to cancer. Some comas are like being in a very deep sleep, others are drug-induced like anesthesia, and some are brain death with no hope of recovery. A neurologist will be able to tell you more, The few times I’ve been under anesthesia for surgery it was like going to sleep and waking up without dreaming. Although one time after I woke up from major surgery I didn’t remember, and still don’t, several hours prior to the surgery, it’s just a blank spot; no dreams, no looks black. From my personal experience I would say they see nothing.  (+ info)

What should i do if a diabetic coma happens?


I'm recently going to move in with my grandmother because it's closer to college. She has diabetes, and I'm always afraid she'll have one of those diabetic coma things. If that, god forbid.. ever happens, what things can I do before the medics etc get there?
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First you would call the paramedics immediately! You always want to try and catch her before this happens - if you see her getting dizzy or extremely agitated (these are signs that her sugar is dropping) - give her a glass of juice or a piece of candy to get her sugar up. If she is in a coma already though, not much you can do until the paramedics arrive.  (+ info)

What are the odds of surviving a diabetic coma?


If someone is in a diabetic coma, what are the survival rates?
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There are many factors in that scenario: how quickly were they diagnosed and treated, their overall health, responses to medications, among other things.

If these are all positive, chances are good that a person will recover from the coma.

As a nurse, I have seen patients come out of diabetic comas, but if their health is poor to begin with, chances are worsened.  (+ info)

What are the chances of someone coming out of coma?


A friend of mine was in a pretty bad car accident and is now in a coma at icu. Anyway are the chances of waking up high or low?
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There are a lot of factors/variables that this type of condition entails. Sometimes people pull through, sometimes they don't. There is a LOT of technology that can help the chances of a good outcome. Sometimes doctors will induce a coma medically to help the body rest and recuperate. Ask the Doc to be honest with you. He/She would be have more answers because like I said there are a lot of different variables to your friend's condition.  (+ info)

How to help a patient woke up from a coma?


My Mom is in the hospital for 7 weeks now. She is a coma from Hypoglycemia. It means low in sugar from Diabetic patient. The doctor says "She is vegetable." She is all swollen and she is on the venting machine to help her breathe. She can't breathe on her own. She has tubes coming everywhere. She doesn't pass urine either. Is there hope and how I can get her back?
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Sometimes people do recover from comas, despite all the 'medical' expectations. And from experience- Sometimes even people who seem unconscious are more aware of their surroundings than the look to be.

Talk to your mother- a lot. If she has any books she likes, read to her. She will appreciate it, even if she can't react. Touch her and even hug her as well as you are able: Some studies suggest that such contacts can help a body correct itself at times. If the hospital permits, bring her music if you know what her favorite songs are.

Good luck, Honey.  (+ info)

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