‘It started with what I thought were seasonal allergies. 2 days later, the chest pain began.’: 35-year-old mom positive with COVID-19 after ‘following all the rules’

“It all started with just a slight feeling of being unwell. I feltmore tired than usual我有我认为是季节性过敏或有点感冒。

Being a mom to a 10-month-old who doesn’t like to sleep has you feeling exhausted and run down as is, and it can be harder to tell when there is something more serious going on.

我永远无法确定这是否是睡眠剥夺和精神疲惫,所以老实说,我只是写下了它,并决定要放慢一点并服用一些额外的维生素。

感到不适约2天,胸痛开始了。这是我只有在我有过的新症状pneumonia

I began to get concerned and tried to chalk it up to stress.

经过几天的胸痛,拒绝消退,发烧就开始了。它从99至100华氏度的低级开始。在发烧的第二天,我醒来时完全湿透了。我的衣服和我的床单都被浸透了。

当我白天服用温度时,它仍然是低级的。

The next day, the same thing happened. This time, it was even worse. I had changed my clothes three separate times throughout the night with the same result – waking up freezing and drenched in sweat.

My chest pain was increasing in intensity as well and when I took my temperature again, it was 101.6.

I decided to call my primary care doctor. I was forwarded to a different facility that is quite a distance from me and was not given any other options.

So, I called the local hospital and used their新冠肺炎热线电话,讨论我的症状。我被告知使用their online app to see a doctor virtually. I downloaded the app, created a log-in, and anxiously awaited my turn.

I was starting to become filled with panic. No matter where I turned, there was more bad news and ominously predicted outcomes. I have some underlying conditions and I knew from my past history that this could get really bad, really quickly.

After 2 hours of being kicked out of line due to what seemed like a glitch and having to start over, I decided to give myself a break and went on a walk with my son. The walk left me completely winded, with agonizing chest pain and fatigue. I had no idea what to do so I called the hospital again and let them know my experience but I needed to speak with someone and soon because my primary care doctor had disappeared.

The nurse I spoke with was very kind and referred me to a local urgent care clinic where they were treating people with respiratory distress. She told me to make sure I disclosed my underlying conditions and let them know about the fever and chest pain.

I dialed the number with high hopes I would at least get seen and looked at, and maybe this whole thing was just a bad cold. I was immediately met with disdain and put on hold before I could even finish my sentence.

大约五分钟后,一个非常屈尊的人来了,他不会停止试图抹黑和贬低我的症状和经历。

Here’s a bit of a backstory. At 14, I contracted what the doctors now believe to be hantavirus. I’ll never know if that is actually true, but I was living in Arizona at the time and it was a known place of transmission. The virus I had created severe pneumonia and I was hospitalized for quite some time. It was an incredibly scary time and it left me with permanentlung damagethat manifests in frequent bronchitis and upper respiratory infections, and the damage can still be seen on chest x-rays. Any time I get a virus now, it can turn bad quite quickly and I take a lot of precautions to avoid that from happening.

I made sure to explain everything to him, along with the fact that I had recently given birth via c-section and had several complications since, including a flare-up of lymphoma, blood clots, and uterine infections.

Absolutely nothing I said mattered. I was told that I sounded ‘fine’ and my chest could either hurt or feel tight, not both. I was told if my chest hurt, I was likely just ‘exaggerating’ the symptoms due toanxiety。I was offered zero help and more so, treated like a liar. I hung up, feeling desperate and fearful. I felt like I had no other options as I had just wasted an entire day trying to get someone to listen to me and get me in to be seen. I just gave up and hoped for the best.

两天后,我仍然感到不适。胸痛不会消失,我什么也没有减轻。一些轻度的咳嗽开始了,我发烧了,似乎在晚上真正达到顶峰。我感到困惑,头晕,而不是我自己。

Once again, I tried to write it off as nothing other than severe sleep deprivation and tried to make arrangements to get some rest with my husband, Matt.

那天晚上晚些时候,我们有一些压力很大。每个人都受到的压力并不得不被迫如此突然留在我们的家中,这并不是什么与众不同的。在平静下来后,马特问我脸上发生了什么。我很困惑,询问他的意思。他的眼睛看上去很恐慌和关注,我不知道发生了什么事。

Apparently, blood had started pouring out of my mouth. I wouldn’t realize just how much until later as Matt tried his best to keep me from seeing it. Shortly after he noticed the blood, I had a发作。I do not have a recollection of the seizure but Matt states it lasted around 15 seconds and it was extremely difficult to contain me during it.

When I came to, I felt like my chest was being crushed and it hurt to breathe. I knew I had to go to the hospital as soon as possible and I called 911. As we waited for the ambulance, Matt had me cough and spit into a cup several times. Every time, there was a large amount of blood. I looked around and there was blood all over my arms and blood splattered on everything I coughed within the vicinity of. I was terrified and it felt like my body was slowly dying.

我一生中从来没有癫痫发作或接近死亡。最奇怪的部分是当我在此之前的日子里确实感到不适时,我仍然能够四处走动,聊天和做事而没有太多问题,这欺骗了我一开始没什么严重的。

When I arrived at the hospital, it was like walking into a horror movie. There were security guards at every corner, there were quarantine tents in the parking lot, and I was quickly ushered into a part of the hospital they had specifically closed off for suspected COVID-19 patients. My nurse was absolutely amazing, and I am confident that if it was not for her, I would have been sent home before even having any tests run.

After a chest x-ray, a couple failed lumbar punctures and some blood work, a doctor came into my room with the news they have confirmed viral meningitis, which they suspect to be a secondary infection caused by COVID-19. He stated I was presenting with all the symptoms of COVID-19 and a test would be done and sent out to their lab in Lansing, Michigan to confirm the positive diagnosis.

在那里的几个小时内,我被接纳为Covid-19楼层,并泵入了抗生素和抗病毒药。腰椎穿刺也显示出大脑流血,我被送去进行更多的猫扫描和测试,以确保流血不会杀死我或在我的大脑周围引起更多的炎症。

这是每天旋风,症状似乎在改变和改变。自症状首次开始以来,总是有一两天的时间,而在医院时,感觉就像我正在变得更好,只是在随后的日子里变得更糟。该病毒非常严重,不应轻易服用。

我现在回到家,隔离到我的房间2周,直到完全康复为止。今天是美好的一天,我终于觉得自己已经越过了最糟糕的事情。我进行了电话交谈,很快再次感到不适。胸痛又回来了,我感到疲惫不堪。我现在回到床上,希望几乎可以坐在另一侧,但是我不能强调这是多么真实。

This is not a hoax. This is not an elaborate plan to detain pedophiles and rescue children or some kind of political scam. This virus is a stone-cold killer and the sooner we can all accept that, the better.

My friend and fellow writer, Christine Derengowski, said it best: ‘These tough times are meant to make us healthy, not happy.’ This is a difficult and unprecedented time for all of us but the best thing we can do is to remind ourselves that we are keeping ourselves and those around us, healthy. We are doing our best to stop the spread and stop this virus from killing your loved ones. Please don’t ever forget when you are reading these stories that this could be your mom, your wife, your husband, your dad, your child, or your family member.

I was in the hospital and I saw first-hand the people who are sick, the护士和医生that are scrambling to figure this out and save lives, and the extreme stress and pressure we are all under. Please hug your loved ones, stay home, and take this seriously. One day, we will all be on the other side of this and we will be eternally grateful we endured the difficulties of this so our loved ones could live a little longer.”

由克里斯蒂娜·费尔德曼(Christina Feldermann)提供

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