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When You Die of the Coronavirus, You Die Alone
Daniela J. Lamas
The New York Times
March 25, 2020
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This article is a very sad one, & tears came to my eyes for several reasons. I have been very concerned about my daughter who is an ER doc. For the last few weeks, I have tried not bother her with my own questions & concerns as I know she is stressed, busy, & if she can get some sleep, she needs to do so. I finally reached out to her today thru a text message just to check on her & to see how she was holding up, and was curious to know if they were short on supplies, masks, gowns, ect. and if she had any suggestions as I was doing my best to be safe & follow the protocol everyone has been given. Her reply was very brief and to the point as there was no time for a regular chat. She is a very calm person, very smart, and cares deeply for patients. Her reply to me was .....This is my job and I am the first line , will likely get it or be exposed. Yes , mentally exhausting, Yes, short on supplies, & yes I am tired. I am doing everything I am trained to do.
Advice..social distancing and limit anytime spent with ppl (people).
She has a husband & 2 sons. As a parent, of one of thousands of health care providers , please listen to the protocol provided and take this seriously & above all be kind to those that need help & those that are helping others.
This article hit home with me . Our medical professionals know what they are doing, & also are very aware of what they are dealing with, but please remember they are regular people too with families at home & hearts of gold. They care, treat, make decisions, & have to keep moving along to the next patient, but walking away from a patient that is sick & alone, no matter their age , may be the most difficult & heart wrenching part of their job. They want to save lives so please keep them in your prayers & give them strength.
Because I am exhibiting some of the CV-19 symptoms I was tested today in a drive thru testing site, in Lexington Ky. I’ll know in 24-36 hours...unless things were to deteriorate before then, if I am positive. Is this that I’m suffering a mild cold, allergies, or the beginning of the flu (which I haven’t had in 3 years). Normally I wouldn’t be concerned by my symptoms, but today I was told to go home and quarantine. I am a medical worker, my husband is a diabetic, both of my parents are high risk, and I have 6 children. I’m scared. This article scares me. For my husband that is exhibiting a mild cough and severe fatigue, and for my family and friends. May God keep and bless us all.
Years ago on a busy floor where I was the only nurse I had a dying patient. To this day I think of him. I wanted to stay with him and comfort him till his family arrived but I couldn’t. I had a fresh post op patient vomiting what was called “coffee grind material “ a bad sign, I had another patient who was receiving a blood transfusion and a multitude of call bell lights blinking. Long story short it’s a terrible thing when you can’t give your patient’s what they need most, time.
My father is fighting for his life on a ventilator in Chicago with Covid-19. I don't want one single other human being to go through what my family and I are going through, unable to be by his side. For anyone else who has a loved one on in ICU, I will share what we are doing to let Dad him know we are with him every single minute. The nurses (angels) allow us to email him a letter every day. They read the letter to him several times a day. He hears it even though he is sedated. They see him respond. We've
asked them if it is distressing to him in any way, and they've said no, not at all. And they have repeatedly expressed their gratitude for allowing them to do this for Dad and for us. We will be grateful to these nurses for the rest of our lives. If your loved one is also alone in ICU, I encourage you to ask your nurse angels to do the same, so that your loved one will not be alone and you won't have to feel so desperately separated from them. (Love to each and every one of you that are going through the same experience, from the Bongiorno family)
My heart breaks for you and other doctors and the nurses, as well as for your patients. Please let them know that other people have told you that they are thinking of them, as well.
If she was awake and trying to talk with that in her throat, it causes the worst anxiety in a patient. It makes them feel as they are choking to death because they can feel it. Very sad situation. God have mercy on the patients and medical staff. Amen.
I have an adult family member battling cancer. She was admitted to the hospital today because of swelling in her legs and is allowed no visitors, not even her husband. It's not just the coronavirus patients who are suffering. Hopefully my relative will be home in a day or two, but solitary has to make a difficult situation even worse.
To all healthcare workers: You are doing an amazing job fighting the coronavirus! Thank you for caring for our Mothers, Fathers , Sisters, Brothers, Aunts, Uncles, and Grandparents. Thank for your service each and every day. You may not feel like it, but you are making a difference. Thank you for sacrificing your life for strangers. Thank you for giving your all each and every day. America is grateful to have heros like you. May God bless you! ❤🙏❤
I think this is my biggest fear throughout all of this. That someone I love, or even I, would die alone in a hospital. My first husband died unexpectedly nearly ten years ago. I didn't get a chance to say goodbye, or give him one more kiss and hug, or tell him "I love you". I just don't think I could go through that again. It still haunts me to this day.
Cousin just died from COVID (we live in NY), he was completely alone. We hope a nurse at least held his hand as he went.
Its not that simple. The issue is that when the brain is deprived of oxygen people start losing control of their mind. My grandfather passed away due to pneumonia and water in the lungs. It was a long 3 day agonizing death and he was not always in control. When patients are in that shock state they can really harm hospital workers.
I’m high risk. This is what scares me most— getting sick and being unable to say goodbye and “I love you” to my husband, kids, and especially the grandkids who will have the hardest time understanding why I’m suddenly out of their lives.
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