A lawyer trained at the University of California’s Hasting College of Law in San Francisco, Bruce Kimzey’s legal career came to an abrupt end in the aftermath of a month-long hospital stay in a cardiosurgery tertiary care center in Sacramento.
19 of those days were spent in two different ICUs in the hospital. He spent his first seven days on total life support and was not expected by his doctors to survive.
He had originally been brought to the local community hospital ER after stumbling and striking his eye on the edge of a dresser top, an injury later determined to have fractured an orbital bone. Asked to take a seat, he waited in the wait room for 15 minutes before he was called to the office of the triage nurse. While attempting to explain why he was there the triage nurse took his blood pressure, then took it again, then called for a gurney to take him back for immediate examination. The nurse had determined that his blood pressure was 75/35 and falling.
He then went into cardiogenic shock,  suffered acute kidney failure along with the failure of other organs and organ systems. Ten days after he was admitted, it was determined belatedly that he needed to undergo emergency high-risk quintuple coronary bypass surgery.
Eventually coming around after what had been an 18-day blackout, he was ultimately transferred to a regular hospital ward and after another week was discharged to go home.
About 4 years after all this occurred and he had physically recovered from his apparent critical conditions,  he remained unable to function at anywhere near the level which he had prior to his ICU stint.  One day he stumbled onto a website maintained by the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine at http://www.ICUdelirium.org. It was on this website that Bruce first realized that it had been ICU delirium that had likely left him feeling so disengaged from life despite have apparently made a full recovery from the various critical conditions which had served as the basis for admitting him to the ICU in the first place.
Since that time he was struggled to deal with his cognitive impairment and after additional years of disengagement, this blog was finally given life.

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