Daughter works in ICU/ Covid unit in one of the largest cities in Kansas.
Here is some info for you to think about.
So you end up in the ICU/Covid unit somehow. You now have very little contact with anybody. Your doctor will talk to you by phone. The nurses are instructed (they usually work 12 hour shifts) by law to check your vital signs four times during their shift. They are instructed to have minimal interaction with you. As much as your family or wife wants to see you they can’t. If you die, it will be a very lonely way to die, all alone.
She did not talk to me about any medication, sorry don’t have any medication tips here. These next treatment steps are NORMAL, but there have serious ramifications.
Trouble breathing, if medicine doesn’t work, they put you on a mechanical ventilator. If you get worse they will put some sort of breathing tube to intubate you. They will add a feeding tube also.
They put you on your belly and put you into a medically induced coma. This will keep you from accidentally removing the breathing and feeding tubes. When you are on your belly your lungs have an easier time breathing.
They monitor your health, they may flop your arm or leg a few times while you are out. This is to make your muscles do something as you are in a coma and you don’t move at all. Your muscles by their inactivity are loosing their mass and strength. They monitor your vital signs. Do they see brain activity? Is your brain failing? Now they are checking your blood also. Does any blood chemical imbalance show your liver or kidneys are failing? If so they start kidney dialysis. This is NORMAL treatment. This might show up in the third week of treatment or early on. Now my daughter started talking to my wife and I about our end of life options, at what stage should we stop treatment. For me, I said if my kidneys have failed, that’s enough for me. I’ve lived a long life, asked Jesus Christ to forgive me of my sins, asked him to be my Lord and Savior. I have a weird outlook on life; why should I expect or demand to live another day? My wife’s answer was different, if it shows she is brain dead, the treatments are finished.
End result, hopefully the treatments and your health will improve while you are in a coma. They bring you out of your coma. One more warning, my daughter says the Covid-19 also seems to affect the blood, can create blood clots in your body. Another got-ya that may get you later on.
This is not meant to scare you. 360 million people in the USA, 171,000 covid deaths, a very small death rate, mostly older people above the age of 74 or so. Just was surprised at the normal treatment and how scary it’s results could be.
An attempt at humor, just send all your valuable lanterns to your friends for safe keeping and no they don’t want any turds (Coleman 275 brown lanterns ) They will thank you for it,