Carbon monoxide poisoning a few months ago: It is still affecting me. What can I do? What could happen?
The after effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can vary widely. They may be severe, subtle, or anywhere in
between. There is no way to know for sure what will happen.
The only way for a survivor and their family to minimize the long term impact of carbon monoxide
poisoning is to learn in advance about the potential ongoing effects, become more aware, and take the
Learning to recognize and identify the after effects, especially the subtle ones, is extremely important yet
this may be [much more] challenging for a survivor experiencing after effects.
The ongoing effects of poisoning can be subtle yet still have a significant impact on a persons life. This can
happen without a survivor ever understanding that it was the poisoning that altered the direction of their
Some survivors are impacted by poisoning with a diminished sense of awareness and may have difficulty
recognizing or admitting-to behavioral changes. Some behavioral changes may be clear to others (especially to
people close to the survivor), others may not be. There are four kinds of carbon monoxide poisoning survivors.
As serious and overwhelming as it may seem, it is important to know what could happen so the long term impact
can be minimized or better yet, prevented.
The after effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can make concentrating, reading, absorbing, memorizing
information, and completing tasks [much] more difficult and a lot harder than they used to be.
Here is what you can do
- Learn more about potential short term
effects, long term effects, and carbon momoxide damage
- Ask family and people close to
you to learn more about carbon monoxide poisoning, especially the potential after effects. If they learn
more about what could happen, they may be able to notice things in your behavior that you don't. Awareness,
understanding, patience, and support from family and friends is valuable as their lives may also be impacted
too. It will help them better understand what has happened, what to look for, and what they can do
- To help you become more aware of how you have been affected, keep a carbon monoxide journal and keep note of:
- the date
- your emotions (especially frustration, anger, rage, or depressive emotions)
- your physical health
- your energy levels
- observations or comments made by other people (any confrontations)
- anything else you notice
- Learn more about carbon monoxide treatment
- Subscribe to carbon monoxide survivor news and get the
- Watch the carbon monoxide videos
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