'How I Got Rid of Covid-19'
There are still many unknown questions about Corona virus. Especially about curing patients. The World Health Organization estimates that at least 80 percent of Covid-19 patients are mild cases. How about the rest? what are these patients experiencing? How do they fight back with COVID-19?
49-year-old living in the Netherlands COVID-19A patient recovering from told about the coronavirus and the healing process!
1.Where do you think you got infected?
With a group of 15 men we went on a ski-trip to Ischgl in Austria (7-14 March). There is where all of us got the symptoms.
2. What was the first sign of the disease?
Within 3 days, 6 men got the first symptoms, fever, dry cough and lack of taste and smell.
3. When did you decide to go to the hospital?
We stayed until Friday the 13rd in Ischgl and drove home that day. We decided and arranged with our families that 6 of us would go in quarantine in my house to avoid contaminate others.
My wife could temporarily move into with one of the other ladies. That weekend symptoms got worse for everybody, but from Tuesday onward 5 men got better and stayed till the next Sunday before going back to their families. However in my case I got even worse, fever went above 39degrees and really short of breath. Thursday evening I called the local do family doctor (huisdoktor) and after short examination he immediately send me to the hospital.
4.How was the hospitalization process? We hear that is challenging to get admitted to hospital, How did it went for you, can you tell me a little bit?
As long as ones goes via the family doctor then acceptance by the hospital should not be an issue. Only when you try to go there yourselves based on your own diagnose they will not accept. This to avoid everybody showing up at the emergency posts
5.Has anyone else in the family caught corona virus from you?
No, I stayed in the hospital for 10 days, no visitors and after release I needed to go in strict isolation on my own attic for another 2 weeks. Wife and son only delivering food and drinks keeping a safe distance. When I used the bathroom everything that I touched would be carefully cleaned afterwards.
6.What did you experience emotionally during this process? Being alone in the hospital etc.
Ups and downs. First 3 days were terrible as the virus kept on making things worse. I was depressed and could/would not eat. Around the fifth day I got better, most likely due the antibiotics for the bacterial lung pneumonia and the experimental Chloroquine medicine for the coronavirus. Indeed I was alone in my room, strictly separated from other COVID patients. Couple of times per day personnel in fully protected clothing came in to check my status, bring food or disinfect the room. There was always time for a quick chat. Thanks to social media and WhatsApp video I kept contact with my family, many friends and colleagues. I really appreciated that!
7. 7.Has there been an emotional and / or physical change in your life after the illness?
Unfortunately I also saw ‘older’ people in other rooms that had little to no chance of getting better.
At least two were visited for a few hours by relatives to say goodbye/farewell….
Even experienced nurses bursted into tears, as this is not what they have been trained for.
They cannot actively cure people, there is no medicine yet, its sit and wait…
So I saw all the sad side of this epidemic. Fortunately, most people only see daily numbers in the news or hear others' stories.
Physical change…I lost over 7 kg again, which is good. Now every day I walk at least 5km and keep track of my nutrition. More physical exercise is currently not possible yet as my lungs can not supply enough oxygen.According to the doctors after a lung pneumonia it will take 8 to 10 weeks to regain capacity again.
But I’m very glad to be in this shape again, to another 50 years ?
But I'm still very happy, I'm thinking of living another 50 years by the best