- Casual Madman
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I took sick (as we say in Texas) on January 5 this year, running a high (+4 degrees F) fever and feeling generally miserable. Tested positive for COVID-19. Over the next several days, I felt better, but not well - mainly running a pesky low-grade fever, coughing some (dry).
On Jan 15, my O2 saturation dropped to 85% (normal should be in the high 90s). My Dr said get to the emergency room, so I did. Diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia. Was admitted and placed on high-volume forced oxygen, which was a nightmare - like an infinite freight train in your head. I finally pulled it off and told the hospital staff I couldn't stand it. My O2 dropped to 74%.
After discussion with my wife - who was in the same room with me, also suffering from the Virus but not as badly as me - we agreed I should go on a ventilator. We said goodbye, knowing full well it might be our final one. The doctors were not just not optimistic, they actually said there was a good chance I wouldn't survive.
Fortunately, I'm a tough old buzzard. 11 days later, they took me off the ventilator, Virus beaten. Due to the heavy-duty drugs used to induce coma and paralysis for ventilation, I had no short-term memory (we won't discuss the strange, sometimes horrifying hallucinations I had while under the anesthesia). Every day was a bleak surprise. I couldn't even recall that my wife had visited me, or called me (visits were limited to one day a week due to the pandemic). I felt alone and abandoned and helpless.
It was 4 days before my memory adjusted. There are still gaps I'll never get back.
While I was intubated, my muscles began to atrophy. Once revived, I couldn't lift a finger, much less feed myself. I couldn't sit up. At first, I could barely speak. I was hospitalized a total of 44 days. Rehab was like repeating the first 12 months of life - in about 12 weeks. I just received my discharge from physical therapy today. I'm still not 100%, but I'm so much better than I was a couple of months ago. I'll be going back to work, part-time, next Monday - three months to the day since I fell ill.
This is not a ploy for sympathy - my family has gone above and beyond in my aftercare, my employer has been incredibly supportive, and fortunately carries excellent health insurance. What I am doing is telling this to you in hopes that you'll all continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and your health professionals, rather than politicians or the loudest voices on YouTube, until this pandemic is officially declared to be over.
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My wife and I both got it. I guess I was lucky for a man my age. I got really sick for a while, then got better. Still not quite sure if 100% of my strength has returned. I may have just gotten out of shape. My wife didn't get nearly as sick as I did, but then she never got better. She's what many are referring to as a COVID long-hauler. The virus is gone but she has been left disabled. No energy. Aches. A brain fog that makes it hard for her to find words when she wants to talk. It makes me sad.
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I have family back home that makes fun of my girlfriend and I for having been (and continue to be) as careful as we've been, but the alternative is to possibly think I could have brought that upon someone else. 2nd shot is next friday, and really looking forward to the results of the studies about if a vaccine reduced your risk of spreading it to others, not just self-protection.
Thanks for sharing your experience, I'm sorry you had to go through it, and hope you continue to improve!
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