In English, there is a term used, “from the horse’s mouth”! It means from the person directly concerned or another authoritative source. It is the story of a family living in London. Both husband and wife are in the early ’40s with a ten-year-old child.
The information becomes more authentic because both husband/wife in the medical field,; they are dentists! Another important point is that they are family! Today I chatted with them on the Facebook messenger. He was down with COVID 19 for a couple of weeks! By God’s grace now everything is all right, and he has come out of it. I have given below the chat verbatim. I have removed my side of the discussion as I thought it is not important. Secondly, I have removed the references regarding family matters for obvious reasons.
Unedited comments from the patient are below:
I’m good now, just had the most horrendous two weeks when I was down with COVID 19 along with pneumococcal pneumonia. But now fully recovered.
Nice. All three of us at home as well ….no work, no active school (for the child) for the next three months, except for online teaching/learning
Different times. Make the most of it
Most happy to share, no shame. So started out typically with tiredness and mostly mild fever on day1….fatigue, the malaise started to get worse and felt slightly bunged up from day 2 …no cough though. Fever persistent so was taking paracetamol, and grandmom cures like steam, warm lemon juice etc. Just normal measures boosting Immunity and Vit C. Fatigue, tiredness kept increasing…by day 6 the “lady of the house” and myself felt symptoms were worse and was getting very tired. Obviously, I was self-isolating -stuck in a room. Day 7 called up NHS helpline- went through the rigmarole of talking to call centre, a nurse then doctor. Once doctor Heard- I could not even complete sentences- she booked me at the local hospital as a walk-in emergency patient- From then onwards – I went in- all sorts tests ECG, blood, urine, chest X-ray, swabs for normal flu and COVID etc. I was advised to go home with broad spec antibiotics that day and next day the call confirming diagnosis – noticed patch in the left lower lobe of one lung
Problem was that the fever was not abating despite paracetamol even after antibiotics, but then day 10 onwards things started improving. Greatest relief was the drop in heart rate – so much peace within yourself …throughout the illness due to breathlessness or drop in lung capacity or due to fever – heart rate was above 110-115. So literal palpitations. Also total loss of taste and smell.
It was certainly a ride of a lifetime….never before felt so tired and exhausted. Luckily I was eating and drinking fine…and great care from the wife.
From day 10 everything improved …antibiotics were given for 14 days…finished course. Slowly limping back …still feel tired after doing work…but every day improving.
Braver is the lady of the house …because I think there were a few days when I was in delirium. The wife told me that she was really scared but kept her pecker up
Doctors and nurses – I think are the bravest
About locking down- Us too….for months to come
Especially in this era of ever-evolving knowledge…concepts today debunked tomorrow. Scary times.
Friends, we have been flooded with a lot of information (or misinformation), most of which are “stories”! I thought that I should share with you the experience from the “patient’s mouth”! One thing I have understood is that COVID 19 is a serious illness and should not be looked at lightly. If a forty-year-old fit person can suffer so badly, what will happen to older persons? Our friend also did not suffer from any other ailment. But still, the severity of suffering could be felt from what he has shared with me. Imagine the fear and suffering of his wife and his child. Please understand that it is a very difficult situation for migrant diaspora living in other countries. The difficulty is that they do not have any family members to support them. It is both physical and mental support that you need in tough times! A bit of hand-holding, caressing of cheeks can go a long way in helping the patients to handle the illness.
The lesson for all of us is that we should follow all the instructions given by authorities to the last T! Don’t be over smart and definitely don’t be foolish. It is an illness, which consumes you easily as currently there is no cure in sight.
When the going is good, life is good for the diaspora but this unprecedented situation has brought in a tricky scenario. Uncertainty, lack of family support, no clarity about the time frame can make life extremely difficult and uncertain!
It is not only illness but any tough situation that one goes through must be shared with others. People write biographies of people who have gone through life’s ups and downs bravely and smartly. Sometimes one wonders who is bothered about someone else’s life. But people look at the heroes because of what they have achieved. If we did not know about such heroes where will be the beacon for other normal people to take the bull by the horn. There have been athletes, and there have been pilots. We know how Armstrong won the French Road cycling cup despite battling cancer! How Pistorius overcame his birth defect to use Prosthetic on both legs (artificial limbs) to become para Olympic champion is a fairy tale!
Friends, be brave, be open in life. Share how you have achieved great things life but also share how you have overcome the setbacks and the fears accompanying them. It is a great service that you can share with others.
I want to share with you again a blog about my cancer treatment six years back. Falling sick with any illness is not a shame. Destiny gives you a great family, brilliant physique and brains; it also gives you illnesses, accidents and setbacks. You feel happiness in life because the life cycle is made up of happiness and sadness! If one is absent from your life, you may not feel the other! They are a part of the sinusoidal wave of our life.
Next link is about how my friend Prakash Nirgudkar handled a catastrophic event in his life.