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2021-04-02 - 06:59:33  COMMUNITY | 

COVID HORROR STORY FOR WOMAN WHO CONTRACTED UK VARIANT


A year ago Janet (not her real name), like many others, believed the Covid-19 pandemic to be nothing more than a myth, a hoax, precipitating a whole lot of senseless chatter, unnecessary governmental regulations and controls … certainly nothing to be overly concerned about.

Fast forward to 2021 and the woman in her early 30s is singing a very different tune, having recently had to endure quite harrowing moments after coming down with a debilitating, symptomatic version of the intrusive, potentially deadly UK variant of the novel coronavirus.

“If anybody still needs to know or has doubts (about Covid) I can tell them it’s real,” explained Janet, speaking to TNN’s Trevor Lindsay. “People have variants, but I had the newest one, the UK variant which was not nice.

“Last year this time I thought it was just talk, just the flu. I thought it they were making it out to be more than what it actually was, but experiencing it myself, it’s more than just a flu.
“Everybody’s symptoms are obviously different, so people are affected differently, but from my experience it was definitely more than the flu.”

Indeed, the past few weeks have provided for some harrowing moments for Janet, who was initially reluctant to go and get checked out at the hospital, preferring to instead wait for her state of malaise to pass.

After 10 days of misery Janet conceded to the notion that she might have contracted Covid and made the journey to King Edward Memorial Hospital’s (KEMH) emergency room to get herself examined.

“From the start I felt as if I had the flu,” she added. “I had cold chills, was feeling hot and cold. I had a bad headache. I was very weak and couldn’t eat and didn’t eat for several days.
“I went through two cases of water to myself in the 10 days before going to the hospital. I was constantly drinking water and using the bathroom and sometimes I was so weak I didn’t even know if I would make it to the bathroom.

“I was in so much pain and popping a whole lot of pain medication to relieve the pain of it. The pain I was feeling in my legs was a ‘pulling’ type of pain. When I would get up my muscles were pulling, making it hard for me to walk and I would have to hold on to something to get where I was going.

“Maybe 10 days later, I decided to go hospital and that’s when they took me in, did the necessary things at the front, then took me to an isolated room, where they came in,  in all their gowns and PPE, asked me questions.

“The doctor came in and he told me I needed to have an X-Ray taken and that they would come in with the machine and do that or whatever. So they came in a did the X-Ray, 20 minutes passed and the doctor came back in and told me that I had Covid.

Initially Janet questioned how the doctor could have diagnosed her so quickly, without having the results of her blood work returned. but the X-Ray had already told the story.
Said Janet: “At the time I didn’t understand it because they had just taken the blood work and done the Covid test before that, so the results weren’t in yet, but the doctor said that according to my X-Ray, he could see that I had Covid.

“The doctor then left and a nurse came and hooked me up to two IVs and they also injected me with steroids.
“Once all that process was done I remained there for about five hours and then they sent me home with a prescription to take for 10 days, which was steroids and they told me to keep on drinking fluids to keep my body hydrated.”

The torture continued at home, with Janet now stuck in isolation, detached from family members and household occupants as per Ministry of Health regulations.
To Janet it was as if she held a starring role in a movie … a horror flick with she as the hunted.

“I was isolated from everyone else in the house, as I was the only one who tested positive,” she said. “It was certainly something I’d never experienced in my life, but thinking back, it was like a movie when I recall how they came in and dealt with me.

“I didn’t lose my taste or smell, thank goodness, but everything else, all my other senses were off. I had bad headaches, I was very short of breath, but I’m glad I was able to stick it out on my own for so many days, but if I had to do it again I would have gone to the hospital way sooner.”

As for her advice to others that might hold the believe that Covid is not that serious an item Janet suggested doubters review their stance, take heed and be vigilant.

“My advice to anybody else would be to suggest that they go immediately to the hospital if they feel down or abnormal,” she advised. “It really could have been a lot worse for me due to my waiting so long to go, so I would suggest that if you’re feeling strange the way I did on the fifth day, ‘get to the hospital’, ‘get checked out’, don’t be stubborn like me and wait a whole 10 days.

“I’m feeling so much better now. I’m still a little off and don’t know if it’s because of the steroids that are still in my system. But I’m feeling much better and was able to get up, get out and sit off and enjoy some fresh air for the first time in a while.” 

“I’ve been tested once since and that resulted in a positive result and I have to go back and get tested this weekend to make sure it’s out of my system, then I’ll be back to normal life.”
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