After coming home, Jim’s fever went down.
She asked her dad how he felt.
“I don’t feel good or horrible,” Angie recalls him saying to her.
The next day Angie texted her dad and asked him if he needed anything. “Yes,” he said. “A jar of Wisc. Honey, if you can find some.”
On Monday, Molina delivered the honey and left it on his doorstep.
That night, Jim slept in a chair. In the morning, Jim’s wife discovered that he had passed away.
This story from my hometown broke my heart. It also is the clearest image of why folks need to understand that Covid-19 patients can go from feeling fine to dire in a literal heartbeat. My friend’s cousin unfortunately had a similar passing. He told his wife that, “He didn’t feel good but he didn’t feel bad. But that he was ‘feeling a little winded.'” His wife remembers saying, “Baby sit on the couch and I’ll go get our coats.” By the time she returned with their jackets so they could go to the emergency room, her husband had no pulse, wasn’t breathing and was unresponsive. By the time the paramedics arrived, it was too late.
This is precisely what my doctors at Stanford are seeing with COVID-19 patients that aren’t immediately critical and in need of a ventilator.
Patients experience a cycle of being symptomatic, fever, chills, fatigue, GI issues, etc., and then they “don’t feel good, but don’t feel horrible.”
This cycle continues until patients either recover or suddenly go into respiratory distress with no warning. My doctors are sending patients home with CO2 monitors to try to give patients enough warning to get to the hospital. But what do you do if you live in a place that doesn’t have these safety measures in place or even doctors that are on the cutting edge of understanding COVID-19?
For your sake and your family’s health, YOU need to become educated and advocate for yourself. Read the medical white papers, see what doctors who are successfully keeping the death tolls down are doing and then push your care teams for similar treatments.
I’ve shared the regiment my healthcare team at Stanford gave me and I’ve already heard from friends across the country and in other parts of the world that it has tremendously helped them either care at home if healthcare is unavailable or they shared it with their doctors who then customized the medicines and doses for them.
Catch up on past posts to read about my experiences and how my doctors are helping my body fight Covid-19.