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    How bad is the virusó- first hand from a survivor

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    March 20 at 5:19 PM

    ****This is from a nurse who became sick:
    COVID19 is not like the flu...at all... How do I know? Because Iíve lived through it to tell the tale!
    Memoirs of a 31 y.o. male with no underlying health conditions.
    March 3, 2020-Bronchitis like illness started, dry cough, no fever
    March 5, 2020-Low grade fever starts, still thinking bronchitis
    March 6, 2020-Fever climbs from 99.8 to 102.6 in one hour, thought it was flu and was now outside the Tamiflu window, stayed home for symptom management.
    March 9, 2020-Fever of >102 continues, this isnít flu, go to urgent care, diagnosed with pneumonia, started on Levaquin.
    March 11, 2020-3 doses of Levaquin in, no improvement in symptoms, go to ER. Admitted, swabbed for COVID19, IV antibiotics got pneumonia on chest CT.
    March 12, 2020-Get to a room and placed on supplemental oxygen via nasal cannula, 1 liter per minute (lpm). Iím only able to achieve 500 on my incentive spirometer, for perspective-my healthy lungs could hit 4000.
    March 13, 2020-O2 saturation begins to decline, oxygen increased to 2 lpm, then 3 lpm, then 5 lpm. Oxygen saturation 88% on 5 lpm. The decision is made to use high flow (vapotherm) and move to ICU. Placed on 40 lpm and 60% oxygen. Iím terrified at this point because vapotherm is all that is standing between me and the ventilator. This is the moment I would have died at home had I not come to the hospital when I did. I would have respiratory arrested in my bed.
    March 14, 2020-I have a bad coughing spell, my oxygen saturation drops to the 80ís. Iím still on 40 lpm and 60%. Iím trying to gasp for air, but because of the condition of my lungs, can only take small breaths without coughing more. I feel as though Iím about to die, my heart is racing, oxygen still low, and Iím sweating profusely. Im in respiratory distress! I pressed my call light trying to get the attention of anyone who can help. My nurse was in another room tending to another sick patient. Fortunately he sees me and comes to my room. I am now on 40 lpm and 100% oxygen, next step is the ventilator. Iím terrified. My breathing slows as my oxygen saturation slowly returns to the 90ís. Iím weaned back down to 60%. The same thing happens again in the night, and again I thought I was about to leave this world. Again Iím on 100%, this time for several hours. Iím slowly weaned again to 60%.
    March 15, 2020-My morning arterial blood gas (which hurts like a 🤬) is normal. I get weaned to 50%.
    March 16, 2020-My oxygen saturation is 97%, Iím weaned further to 30 lpm and 40%.
    March 17, 2020-Iíve been in ICU 4 days, forced to use a bedpan because my oxygen saturation drops if I turn or even move too much. I am unable to clean myself; Iím feeling completely helpless and so embarrassed, but my nurses were great and very understanding. I now truly understand my patientsí feelings from all these years of nursing. Iím weaned to 25 lpm and 30%. Iím going to the medical floor.
    March 18, 2020-Iím weaned to 28%. I can achieve 1500 on my incentive spirometer finally. Iím hopeful to be weaned to a regular nasal cannula. The provider comes in. Iíve been waiting for my swab results. I tested positive for COVID19...6.5 days of waiting for the outside lab to process the lab. Iím relieved because I finally have a diagnosis, a reason Iíve been so sick. Iím weaned to 4 lpm on a regular nasal cannula, 4 hours later Iím weaned to 2 lpm. 4 hours later Iím weaned to room air. My oxygen saturation stats 93% and above all night.
    March 19, 2020-As I write this, Iím waiting to attempt a 6 minute walk test to see if my oxygen stays up, so I can go home. Iíve had no visitors this entire time due to my isolation precautions.
    Guys, this is why social isolation is a thing. As a 31 y.o., I wasnít supposed to get sick. I wasnít supposed to be admitted to the hospital or the ICU for that matter. Weíve already had several deaths from COVID19 in this area. I thank God I wasnít one of them! However, many wonít be as fortunate as I have been. Many will die, especially those with any lung or heart problems. So please, I beg you to #stayhome

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    Those who have not yet heard will still refuse to hear.

    Thanks for the post, good read and scary!

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    Wow, so thankful the individual recovered. Just getting the breath knocked out of you is bad enough, but knowing you can’t get the proper oxygen would be terrifying.
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    Happy they made it.....a friend of a friend did not.

    Last night, we lost one of our Sirens sisters to covid-19. She was healthy with no underlying medical conditions. Rest in peace, XXX XXXXXXX. I didn't get to ride with you nearly enough. We are all heartbroken.

    Stay the **** home, people. This isn't "the flu
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    Quote Originally Posted by hugo_stiglitz View Post
    Those who have not yet heard will still refuse to hear.

    Thanks for the post, good read and scary!
    yes. We still have members on this very forum being ignorant and blatantly arrogant about still going into the public (BPS) and bragging about it to stir up things.

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    An acquaintance from my town who lives in LA now and works as a model has it, healthy young woman in her late 20s who exercises daily and eats healthy, no underlying medical conditions or risk factors, taken by ambulance to the ICU and almost died.

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    Wowow. Soo scary... This is not something to take lightly.
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    Thank you for posting. Will forward this on

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    Flippin scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildturkey View Post
    Wow, so thankful the individual recovered. Just getting the breath knocked out of you is bad enough, but knowing you can’t get the proper oxygen would be terrifying.
    I remember the interview with Christopher Reeves after he had his accident on the horse and was paralyzed. He said the worst part was not being able to breath. He said youvtake breathing for granted bit when you cant then it is the worst feeling in the world.

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    The scary part isn’t what’s happening. It’s what the government isn’t telling you about it.

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    How can other countries test and have the results in minutes yet here in the supposedly best healthcare system in the world, the test results takes days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinningreel View Post
    How can other countries test and have the results in minutes yet here in the supposedly best healthcare system in the world, the test results takes days.
    I think that the phrasing of your question answers itself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassman Ia. View Post
    This is a C and P



    March 20 at 5:19 PM

    ****This is from a nurse who became sick:
    COVID19 is not like the flu...at all... How do I know? Because Iíve lived through it to tell the tale!
    Memoirs of a 31 y.o. male with no underlying health conditions.
    March 3, 2020-Bronchitis like illness started, dry cough, no fever
    March 5, 2020-Low grade fever starts, still thinking bronchitis
    March 6, 2020-Fever climbs from 99.8 to 102.6 in one hour, thought it was flu and was now outside the Tamiflu window, stayed home for symptom management.
    March 9, 2020-Fever of >102 continues, this isnít flu, go to urgent care, diagnosed with pneumonia, started on Levaquin.
    March 11, 2020-3 doses of Levaquin in, no improvement in symptoms, go to ER. Admitted, swabbed for COVID19, IV antibiotics got pneumonia on chest CT.
    March 12, 2020-Get to a room and placed on supplemental oxygen via nasal cannula, 1 liter per minute (lpm). Iím only able to achieve 500 on my incentive spirometer, for perspective-my healthy lungs could hit 4000.
    March 13, 2020-O2 saturation begins to decline, oxygen increased to 2 lpm, then 3 lpm, then 5 lpm. Oxygen saturation 88% on 5 lpm. The decision is made to use high flow (vapotherm) and move to ICU. Placed on 40 lpm and 60% oxygen. Iím terrified at this point because vapotherm is all that is standing between me and the ventilator. This is the moment I would have died at home had I not come to the hospital when I did. I would have respiratory arrested in my bed.
    March 14, 2020-I have a bad coughing spell, my oxygen saturation drops to the 80ís. Iím still on 40 lpm and 60%. Iím trying to gasp for air, but because of the condition of my lungs, can only take small breaths without coughing more. I feel as though Iím about to die, my heart is racing, oxygen still low, and Iím sweating profusely. Im in respiratory distress! I pressed my call light trying to get the attention of anyone who can help. My nurse was in another room tending to another sick patient. Fortunately he sees me and comes to my room. I am now on 40 lpm and 100% oxygen, next step is the ventilator. Iím terrified. My breathing slows as my oxygen saturation slowly returns to the 90ís. Iím weaned back down to 60%. The same thing happens again in the night, and again I thought I was about to leave this world. Again Iím on 100%, this time for several hours. Iím slowly weaned again to 60%.
    March 15, 2020-My morning arterial blood gas (which hurts like a ) is normal. I get weaned to 50%.
    March 16, 2020-My oxygen saturation is 97%, Iím weaned further to 30 lpm and 40%.
    March 17, 2020-Iíve been in ICU 4 days, forced to use a bedpan because my oxygen saturation drops if I turn or even move too much. I am unable to clean myself; Iím feeling completely helpless and so embarrassed, but my nurses were great and very understanding. I now truly understand my patientsí feelings from all these years of nursing. Iím weaned to 25 lpm and 30%. Iím going to the medical floor.
    March 18, 2020-Iím weaned to 28%. I can achieve 1500 on my incentive spirometer finally. Iím hopeful to be weaned to a regular nasal cannula. The provider comes in. Iíve been waiting for my swab results. I tested positive for COVID19...6.5 days of waiting for the outside lab to process the lab. Iím relieved because I finally have a diagnosis, a reason Iíve been so sick. Iím weaned to 4 lpm on a regular nasal cannula, 4 hours later Iím weaned to 2 lpm. 4 hours later Iím weaned to room air. My oxygen saturation stats 93% and above all night.
    March 19, 2020-As I write this, Iím waiting to attempt a 6 minute walk test to see if my oxygen stays up, so I can go home. Iíve had no visitors this entire time due to my isolation precautions.
    Guys, this is why social isolation is a thing. As a 31 y.o., I wasnít supposed to get sick. I wasnít supposed to be admitted to the hospital or the ICU for that matter. Weíve already had several deaths from COVID19 in this area. I thank God I wasnít one of them! However, many wonít be as fortunate as I have been. Many will die, especially those with any lung or heart problems. So please, I beg you to #stayhome
    He was one of the outliers, Nightline did a show about this late last week otherwise healthy people in their 20's to 40's that had to be hospitalized because of the virus, its a very small percentage of the population but it does happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by izzylipz View Post
    The scary part isn’t what’s happening. It’s what the government isn’t telling you about it.
    They saw something in China with our intelligence and thats why they went ape shit cancelling all sporting events that first weekend, the #'s coming out of China are an absolute lie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossbowman View Post
    They saw something in China with our intelligence and thats why they went ape shit cancelling all sporting events that first weekend, the #'s coming out of China are an absolute lie.
    That would be correct. As in, BIG TIME!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinningreel View Post
    How can other countries test and have the results in minutes yet here in the supposedly best healthcare system in the world, the test results takes days.
    Anyone who thinks we have the best healthcare in the world is obviously not in healthcare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardnibbles View Post
    Anyone who thinks we have the best healthcare in the world is obviously not in healthcare.
    I am, and we do.

    Perhaps it's the policy advisors that are the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 188Musky View Post
    I am, and we do.

    Perhaps it's the policy advisors that are the problem.
    Best in what way? Definitely not outcomes or cost or access. Maybe in research and design??

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    Quote Originally Posted by 188Musky View Post
    I am, and we do.

    Perhaps it's the policy advisors that are the problem.
    Thank you and I agree

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