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Covid-19 Any fellow pinsiders recovering?


By Barakawins1

62 days ago



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#1 62 days ago

Hope everyone out there is doing well. I was wondering if any fellow pinsiders contracted the virus and if they remember where and what their experiences are/were.

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#2 62 days ago

I am currently on day 6 in the hospital. Here is how my version went down.

March 9-12 I was in a hotel about 100 miles from home for a long work meeting. On Saturday afternoon, March 14, I started with a low grade fever. When I woke up on the 15th my fever was 102, so I went to the local urgent care. They were not equipped to test, but the criteria was that I had to have contact with a known infected person AND have symptoms myself. They tested me for flu, which came back negative. The diagnosis was “a flu like virus” and I was to rest and take Tylenol.

I continued to get worse and my fever was frequently spiking to 103. On March 19 I woke up with a cough anytime I took a deep breath. Back to urgent care I went. This time they found pneumonia in the top lobe of my left lung. I was given antibiotics and told to go home. During both visits, I was told I was not Covid positive because I was not short of breath. On March 21, I called the after hours number for my GP and have them my story. By now I was coughing fairly continuously. They also told me it was not Covid and gave me a prescription for an inhaler.

March 23 I am still no better. Fever is in the high 101’s with Tylenol and 103 as soon as the Tylenol wears off. Before I go to bed, I get in the shower to see if breathing steam can help loosen my chest. Within 5 min I a coughing so hard I can barely stand up. I ask my wife to take me to the emergency room. When we get there, there is a table set up inside the entrance. They take my information, and tell my wife she is not allowed any further; so she has to go home.

I get to the waiting room at 10:30pm. They take me back around 2am. The doctor takes an X-ray of my chest and a Cat scan. They come back showing the top lobe of my left lung completely consumed with pneumonia. I am not presenting with the typical signs of Covid, but they take a swab anyway. I am then admitted and I get into a room about 8am.

I am given IV fluids and they put me on a different pill antibiotic. My fever is still spiking, even with Tylenol. I get a call from the doctor that evening and he tells me my Covid test came back positive.

I start to lose track of time from here

My blood oxygen level starts dropping over time. When I hit 5 liters of oxygen to maintain a low blood oxygen level of 91, they make the call to transfer me to Johns Hopkins ICU. It was a very surreal ambulance ride.

When I get to Johns Hopkins they hand me off to a team of people. There are at least 2 people whose job it is to make sure anyone is out of the hallway. There are 2 people working the gurney and another who is watching me. It takes about 10 minutes to get to the ICU from the ambulance. Once there I am pretty much assaulted. They remove my gown, take off my socks and underwear, someone sticks something up my ass for about a minute (I am not even joking... it hurt) and then they wipe me down with antibacterial wipes. Once done with that they put a diaper on me and give me a gown. Up to this point, I just think I am sick. Now the doctor sets in some reality:

Who do you want to make decisions for you if you can’t do so for yourself?
If you are unable to breath do you consent to the use of a breathing tube?
If needed, do you consent to being on a ventilator?
If your heart should stop beating, do you want the team to attempt to restart it?
Do you have a living will or directive?
Would you like to see a Chaplin or other religious figure?

I spend the next few days in ICU. They give me several types of IV antibiotics and start me on Plaquanyl. It is a malaria drug that someone seems to think can help Covid. I can’t really talk. Even stringing 2 words together will induce coughing and plummet my oxygen level. I reach the maximum oxygen that can be administered via a nose tube, but luckily I never go over.

After a day or 2, I start to improve. I can string a few words together without almost dying and my oxygen levels improve. They are able to turn the flow down to 4 liters and I can maintain 94% saturation. I feel so lucky not to have needed the breathing tube.

The constant IV drips continue, but they start talking about downgrading me to a regular floor. When that finally happens they wheel me out of ICU. I pass bed after bed of unconscious people with breathing tubes up their nose. It is a grim sight.

I have just spend my second night on the regular floor. The antibiotics and Plaquanyl are done. My fever is gone, and I am down to 1 or 2 liters of oxygen. I just can’t seem to wean off. When they turn off the flow, I drop below 90% in about 3 or 4 minutes. I am out of the woods, but it still isn’t over for me.

My case seems different from what I read about other people. Most accounts talk about the feeling of tremendous pressure on your chest so you can’t breath. For me, it has been the coughing that takes my breath away. I am really hoping I can break this last little bit. I am dying to take a shower and do anything but lie in bed with all these wires hooked up to me.

This can happen to anyone. They talk about 80% of people have no symptoms and some people being in a high risk category. I am middle age, but I walk 2-5 miles a day for exercise. I have never smoked and my immune system usually is top notch. I urge everyone to take this seriously. People worry that their parents or grand parents may come down with it. Don’t ever be too sure that it won’t be you getting wheeled into ICU because your lungs are no longer absorbing oxygen.

#3 62 days ago

Thanks for sharing WonderMellon. That sounds incredibly scary. Very happy to hear you are recovering.

#4 62 days ago

Scary shit wondermellon Hope you have a speedy full recovery.

#5 62 days ago

That’s a powerful account. Hopefully as many people as possible read this, and think about their long term choices so this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.

#6 62 days ago

Wondermelon thank you for writing this account of what happened to you. This is extremely important information and I hope you come back to normal health
soon. This is great information for those still going out to pick up pinball machines during this time. Stay home.. I can tell you hospitals are full, tents are full
and older people won't be resuscitated. Be very careful out there.. Wondermelon you may want to share this on Twitter as well just to raise awareness. Thanks again for your words.

#7 61 days ago
Quoted from WonderMellon:

I am currently on day 6 in the hospital. Here is how my version went down.
March 9-12 I was in a hotel about 100 miles from home for a long work meeting. On Saturday afternoon, March 14, I started with a low grade fever. When I woke up on the 15th my fever was 102, so I went to the local urgent care. They were not equipped to test, but the criteria was that I had to have contact with a known infected person AND have symptoms myself. They tested me for flu, which came back negative. The diagnosis was “a flu like virus” and I was to rest and take Tylenol.
I continued to get worse and my fever was frequently spiking to 103. On March 19 I woke up with a cough anytime I took a deep breath. Back to urgent care I went. This time they found pneumonia in the top lobe of my left lung. I was given antibiotics and told to go home. During both visits, I was told I was not Covid positive because I was not short of breath. On March 21, I called the after hours number for my GP and have them my story. By now I was coughing fairly continuously. They also told me it was not Covid and gave me a prescription for an inhaler.
March 23 I am still no better. Fever is in the high 101’s with Tylenol and 103 as soon as the Tylenol wears off. Before I go to bed, I get in the shower to see if breathing steam can help loosen my chest. Within 5 min I a coughing so hard I can barely stand up. I ask my wife to take me to the emergency room. When we get there, there is a table set up inside the entrance. They take my information, and tell my wife she is not allowed any further; so she has to go home.
I get to the waiting room at 10:30pm. They take me back around 2am. The doctor takes an X-ray of my chest and a Cat scan. They come back showing the top lobe of my left lung completely consumed with pneumonia. I am not presenting with the typical signs of Covid, but they take a swab anyway. I am then admitted and I get into a room about 8am.
I am given IV fluids and they put me on a different pill antibiotic. My fever is still spiking, even with Tylenol. I get a call from the doctor that evening and he tells me my Covid test came back positive.
I start to lose track of time from here
My blood oxygen level starts dropping over time. When I hit 5 liters of oxygen to maintain a low blood oxygen level of 91, they make the call to transfer me to Johns Hopkins ICU. It was a very surreal ambulance ride.
When I get to Johns Hopkins they hand me off to a team of people. There are at least 2 people whose job it is to make sure anyone is out of the hallway. There are 2 people working the gurney and another who is watching me. It takes about 10 minutes to get to the ICU from the ambulance. Once there I am pretty much assaulted. They remove my gown, take off my socks and underwear, someone sticks something up my ass for about a minute (I am not even joking... it hurt) and then they wipe me down with antibacterial wipes. Once done with that they put a diaper on me and give me a gown. Up to this point, I just think I am sick. Now the doctor sets in some reality:
Who do you want to make decisions for you if you can’t do so for yourself?
If you are unable to breath do you consent to the use of a breathing tube?
If needed, do you consent to being on a ventilator?
If your heart should stop beating, do you want the team to attempt to restart it?
Do you have a living will or directive?
Would you like to see a Chaplin or other religious figure?
I spend the next few days in ICU. They give me several types of IV antibiotics and start me on Plaquanyl. It is a malaria drug that someone seems to think can help Covid. I can’t really talk. Even stringing 2 words together will induce coughing and plummet my oxygen level. I reach the maximum oxygen that can be administered via a nose tube, but luckily I never go over.
After a day or 2, I start to improve. I can string a few words together without almost dying and my oxygen levels improve. They are able to turn the flow down to 4 liters and I can maintain 94% saturation. I feel so lucky not to have needed the breathing tube.
The constant IV drips continue, but they start talking about downgrading me to a regular floor. When that finally happens they wheel me out of ICU. I pass bed after bed of unconscious people with breathing tubes up their nose. It is a grim sight.
I have just spend my second night on the regular floor. The antibiotics and Plaquanyl are done. My fever is gone, and I am down to 1 or 2 liters of oxygen. I just can’t seem to wean off. When they turn off the flow, I drop below 90% in about 3 or 4 minutes. I am out of the woods, but it still isn’t over for me.
My case seems different from what I read about other people. Most accounts talk about the feeling of tremendous pressure on your chest so you can’t breath. For me, it has been the coughing that takes my breath away. I am really hoping I can break this last little bit. I am dying to take a shower and do anything but lie in bed with all these wires hooked up to me.
This can happen to anyone. They talk about 80% of people have no symptoms and some people being in a high risk category. I am middle age, but I walk 2-5 miles a day for exercise. I have never smoked and my immune system usually is top notch. I urge everyone to take this seriously. People worry that their parents or grand parents may come down with it. Don’t ever be too sure that it won’t be you getting wheeled into ICU because your lungs are no longer absorbing oxygen.

I wish you a speedy recovery and back to normal health.

We watched a you tube from a doctor in the USA claiming that Tylenol and IBpruofen actually feed the virus and encourage it to flourish in the human body. Did anyone mention this to you? Do you think it is true?

Take care.

#8 61 days ago

Tylenol is just a fever reducer. I was on it constantly for 2 weeks. I don’t think it either helps or hurts the virus. It allowed me to feel better by taking a 103 degree fever and reduce it to 101.

At the end if the day, there has not been any medication to kill the virus. Doctors just try whatever they can to allow you to survive long enough for your own body to overwhelm and kill the virus. That process takes about 14 days. Tomorrow marks 14 days since I started. I am just waiting for my lungs to recover enough so I can breath without supplemental oxygen. Hopefully it will be a day or 2.

#9 61 days ago

My best friend's mother was just diagnosed COVID positive last night. She isn't having any major respiratory symptoms yet, so they sent her back home and she is in isolation from her husband. Hopefully it won't hit her too bad. She's close to 80.

#10 61 days ago

@gweempose

I hope her symptoms never get past mild.

#11 61 days ago
Quoted from WonderMellon:

Tylenol is just a fever reducer. I was on it constantly for 2 weeks. I don’t think it either helps or hurts the virus. It allowed me to feel better by taking a 103 degree fever and reduce it to 101.
At the end if the day, there has not been any medication to kill the virus. Doctors just try whatever they can to allow you to survive long enough for your own body to overwhelm and kill the virus. That process takes about 14 days. Tomorrow marks 14 days since I started. I am just waiting for my lungs to recover enough so I can breath without supplemental oxygen. Hopefully it will be a day or 2.

Best wishes.

#12 61 days ago

Very surprised urgent care sent you home with pneumonia which by itself can be quite deadly. Great you recovered and thanks for sharing which may save others.

#13 61 days ago

best wishes Wondermellon. get well soon.

#14 61 days ago

my girl friend who has breast cancer that spread to her spine.Besides having dyaisis 3 days a week. She had radiation to shrink the tumors now she has no strength. She is in a rehab facility in Montgomery County. Md. I got the phone call from the facility which are never good One of the nurses tested positive for Covid. Facility is completly locked down. Some very serious shit. Health Family Friends Pinball games then money.

#15 58 days ago

wondermellon ... I hope you're continuing to recover.

#16 58 days ago

So I was a COVID19 patient. At first I was ridiculed. And then i was just told I have a bad pneumonia. Just got off the ventilator after this week. So all the naysayers, I hope you don’t go through what I went through. Take this shit seriously. And best of luck to everyone. I wish everyone a speedy recovery.

#17 58 days ago

NintenBear great to hear you're recovering. Where are you located? Maybe you can share some of your experience.

#18 58 days ago

Chicago suburbs

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#19 58 days ago

I was released from the hospital late Monday, but my recovery is going to be long and slow. Just walking up a flight of stairs will cause me to be winded and start coughing. I also still need to be isolated from my family for an additional 14 days. We moved a mattress into my office in the basement and I live here now for the next 2 weeks.

nintenbear I am very sorry to hear of your experience. I was literally 1/2 of a liter of oxygen away from being on a ventilator myself. The health Department has called several times to get my story. They are following up with the urgent care facility I started with. The urgent care should have escalated me to the hospital days before. I hope you have a good recovery. Please take it slow. I am frustrated with how slow my improvements are. It is difficult for me to remember just how much this virus caused havoc to my system.

#20 58 days ago

WonderMellon thanks for chiming back in.

#21 58 days ago
Quoted from WonderMellon:

I am currently on day 6 in the hospital. Here is how my version went down.
March 9-12 I was in a hotel about 100 miles from home for a long work meeting. On Saturday afternoon, March 14, I started with a low grade fever. When I woke up on the 15th my fever was 102, so I went to the local urgent care. They were not equipped to test, but the criteria was that I had to have contact with a known infected person AND have symptoms myself. They tested me for flu, which came back negative. The diagnosis was “a flu like virus” and I was to rest and take Tylenol.
I continued to get worse and my fever was frequently spiking to 103. On March 19 I woke up with a cough anytime I took a deep breath. Back to urgent care I went. This time they found pneumonia in the top lobe of my left lung. I was given antibiotics and told to go home. During both visits, I was told I was not Covid positive because I was not short of breath. On March 21, I called the after hours number for my GP and have them my story. By now I was coughing fairly continuously. They also told me it was not Covid and gave me a prescription for an inhaler.
March 23 I am still no better. Fever is in the high 101’s with Tylenol and 103 as soon as the Tylenol wears off. Before I go to bed, I get in the shower to see if breathing steam can help loosen my chest. Within 5 min I a coughing so hard I can barely stand up. I ask my wife to take me to the emergency room. When we get there, there is a table set up inside the entrance. They take my information, and tell my wife she is not allowed any further; so she has to go home.
I get to the waiting room at 10:30pm. They take me back around 2am. The doctor takes an X-ray of my chest and a Cat scan. They come back showing the top lobe of my left lung completely consumed with pneumonia. I am not presenting with the typical signs of Covid, but they take a swab anyway. I am then admitted and I get into a room about 8am.
I am given IV fluids and they put me on a different pill antibiotic. My fever is still spiking, even with Tylenol. I get a call from the doctor that evening and he tells me my Covid test came back positive.
I start to lose track of time from here
My blood oxygen level starts dropping over time. When I hit 5 liters of oxygen to maintain a low blood oxygen level of 91, they make the call to transfer me to Johns Hopkins ICU. It was a very surreal ambulance ride.
When I get to Johns Hopkins they hand me off to a team of people. There are at least 2 people whose job it is to make sure anyone is out of the hallway. There are 2 people working the gurney and another who is watching me. It takes about 10 minutes to get to the ICU from the ambulance. Once there I am pretty much assaulted. They remove my gown, take off my socks and underwear, someone sticks something up my ass for about a minute (I am not even joking... it hurt) and then they wipe me down with antibacterial wipes. Once done with that they put a diaper on me and give me a gown. Up to this point, I just think I am sick. Now the doctor sets in some reality:
Who do you want to make decisions for you if you can’t do so for yourself?
If you are unable to breath do you consent to the use of a breathing tube?
If needed, do you consent to being on a ventilator?
If your heart should stop beating, do you want the team to attempt to restart it?
Do you have a living will or directive?
Would you like to see a Chaplin or other religious figure?
I spend the next few days in ICU. They give me several types of IV antibiotics and start me on Plaquanyl. It is a malaria drug that someone seems to think can help Covid. I can’t really talk. Even stringing 2 words together will induce coughing and plummet my oxygen level. I reach the maximum oxygen that can be administered via a nose tube, but luckily I never go over.
After a day or 2, I start to improve. I can string a few words together without almost dying and my oxygen levels improve. They are able to turn the flow down to 4 liters and I can maintain 94% saturation. I feel so lucky not to have needed the breathing tube.
The constant IV drips continue, but they start talking about downgrading me to a regular floor. When that finally happens they wheel me out of ICU. I pass bed after bed of unconscious people with breathing tubes up their nose. It is a grim sight.
I have just spend my second night on the regular floor. The antibiotics and Plaquanyl are done. My fever is gone, and I am down to 1 or 2 liters of oxygen. I just can’t seem to wean off. When they turn off the flow, I drop below 90% in about 3 or 4 minutes. I am out of the woods, but it still isn’t over for me.
My case seems different from what I read about other people. Most accounts talk about the feeling of tremendous pressure on your chest so you can’t breath. For me, it has been the coughing that takes my breath away. I am really hoping I can break this last little bit. I am dying to take a shower and do anything but lie in bed with all these wires hooked up to me.
This can happen to anyone. They talk about 80% of people have no symptoms and some people being in a high risk category. I am middle age, but I walk 2-5 miles a day for exercise. I have never smoked and my immune system usually is top notch. I urge everyone to take this seriously. People worry that their parents or grand parents may come down with it. Don’t ever be too sure that it won’t be you getting wheeled into ICU because your lungs are no longer absorbing oxygen.

Nice to hear that you are recovering. Did they tell you they were experimenting with other drugs to see if it helps or did they just do it? Do they think it's what kept you off a ventilator?

#22 57 days ago
Quoted from WonderMellon:

The urgent care should have escalated me to the hospital days before.

I personally believe that most Urgent Care locations and the likewise shouldn't be for anything more than stitches. The seem to be generally incompetent for broken bones or anything more than sewing.

#23 57 days ago

wow - tough to read while know it is "knocking" on all our doors. I pray for you WonderMellon.

#24 57 days ago

Glad to hear that you both are doing better. these are some scary times. I just wish all these people would stay in with the lock downs in order. I had to take my wife to get her treatment today and it was mind blowing to see how many people are just out and about. my wife has a lung disease and if she gets this, I hate to say I would probably lose her. Please stay inside people. we need this to end.

#25 57 days ago
Quoted from Honch:

Nice to hear that you are recovering. Did they tell you they were experimenting with other drugs to see if it helps or did they just do it? Do they think it's what kept you off a ventilator?

They had me on multiple antibiotics. Some for viral pneumonia and some for bacterial pneumonia. The other drug was Plaquanyl. It is a malaria drug that someone thinks can help Covid 19.

In all honesty, I think my illness just peaked under the need for the ventilator.

#26 57 days ago

I am shaking. Thank you for your details. I hope your road to recovery is speedy! Stay the f home people.

#27 57 days ago
Quoted from yaksplat:

I personally believe that most Urgent Care locations and the likewise shouldn't be for anything more than stitches. The seem to be generally incompetent for broken bones or anything more than sewing.

I don't think they are designed to do anything more than stitches. More of a triage processing point.

3 weeks later
#28 34 days ago
Quoted from NintenBear:

So I was a COVID19 patient. At first I was ridiculed. And then i was just told I have a bad pneumonia. Just got off the ventilator after this week. So all the naysayers, I hope you don’t go through what I went through. Take this shit seriously. And best of luck to everyone. I wish everyone a speedy recovery.

You were in the hospital for SIXTY DAYS with it?

#29 34 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

You were in the hospital for SIXTY DAYS with it?

I think I read only 20% of patients survive once they are on a ventilator. Crazy.

#30 34 days ago
Quoted from Toasterdog:

I think I read only 20% of patients survive once they are on a ventilator. Crazy.

~40% die, but it's still a bad risk/reward ratio.

There was an article within the last week that doctors in the hardest hit areas are beginning to just do oxygen and help patients do exercises to clear their lungs (including laying on their chest instead of back - back is the worst position for lung volume). The overall survival rate seems to be better with this approach.

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