Carbon monoxide poisoning
Four kinds of survivors
After carbon monoxide poisoning many survivors make a full recovery however, others experience
a range of symptoms and health problems. The percentage affected is not accurately known.
CO poisoning can cause a wide range of "additional" symptoms and effects that cannot be reliably predicted or
explained by oxygen deprivation alone. It can take time time and a level of awareness to begin to understand the
The symptoms and after effects of poisoning may be obvious or they may be subtle. Never-the-less, they can
impact a survivor in many ways.
It is easier to notice some symptoms than it is others. For example, difficulties with memory, concentration or
keeping track of things can be more obvious than mood swings, food, and chemical sensitivies.
Some survivors know they have symptoms and effects
These are people that are aware carbon monoxide poisoning has impacted their health, functioning and life. They
acknowledge that they have been affected.
They are open to feedback and the observations of others, especially from those close to them. Over time they
become increasingly aware of how the effects of poisoning are influencing their life.
As they recognize the impact of their carbon monoxide poisoning, they usually work [hard] to recover and heal.
Over time these survivors become aware that poisoning has been influencing their life. As they look back they
come to understand that the effects of poisoning have been following them like silent stalker.
The shift to acknowledging the impact of poisoning may only occur after, or because of, [significant] life
changes. Once they "get it", they usually work to recover and heal.
These survivors are unaware the effects of poisoning are influencing their life.
Some in this group do not know they were poisoned by carbon monoxide because they were never diagnosed or they
Even those that were properly diagnosed and think
they have recovered may have been impacted in ways they are unable to recognise.
A survivor may [steadfastly] refuse to admit they have been affected. They may be troubled by [new or ongoing]
health issues that they are aware of but never think them to be related to their poisoning.
As time goes on, observant friends, family and coworkers may notice minor, moderate or possibly significant
differences but almost always the connection to carbon monoxide poisoning as the underlying cause of symptoms is
The survivor may never recognize or admit to the effects of their poisoning even though their life may have been
As they do not believe anything is wrong, they may never do anything to recover from poisoning.
A diminished ability to see oneself and circumstances/behavior in a balanced way can be due to brain damage or brain injury.
These survivors do not seem to have been affected by their poisoning. Their health, mental functioning, family
life, friendships, work and financial situation are not impacted.
Their poisoning was a "scarey accident", "a wake up call", they are "lucky to be alive" but their lives move
forward without any major long term impact.
The percentage of survivors in each group is unknown as carbon monoxide poisoning statistics are wrong.
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carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms can reveal themselves in several ways (four kinds of survivors)