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*Press it* WHAT IT IS REALLY LIKE TO BE INTUBATED AND PLACED ON A VENTILATOR Written by a nurse who works with ventilators: “Here you go folks… for those people who don’t understand what it means to be on a ventilator but want to take the chance of going out without a mask. For starters, it’s NOT an oxygen mask put over the mouth while the patient is comfortably lying down and reading magazines. Ventilation for Covid-19 is a painful intubation that goes down your throat and stays there until you live or you die. It is done under anesthesia for 2 to 3 weeks without moving, often upside down, with a tube inserted from the mouth up to the trachea and allows you to breathe to the rhythm of the lung machine. The patient can’t talk or eat, or do anything naturally – the machine keeps you alive. Medications must be given to paralyze the person so they do not struggle or try to breathe on their own, which would work against the machine. So first they are rendered unconscious, sedated, and then have their muscles paralyzed. The discomfort and pain they feel from this means medical experts have to administer sedatives and painkillers to ensure tube tolerance for as long as the machine is needed. It’s like being in an artificial coma. After 20 days from this treatment, a young patient loses 40% muscle mass, and gets mouth or vocal cords trauma, as well as possible pulmonary or heart complications. Older people lose more muscle mass quicker. It is for this reason that old or already weak people can’t withstand the treatment and die. Their bodies can not handle the trauma of all these procedures and stresses it places on their already sick body. Many of us are in this boat … so stay safe unless you want to take the chance of ending up here. This is NOT the flu. Add a tube into your stomach, either through your nose or skin for liquid food, a sticky bag around your butt to collect the diarrhea, a foley catheter to collect urine, an IV for fluids and meds, an A-line foley to monitor your BP that is completely dependent upon finely calculated med doses, teams of nurses, CRNA’s and MA’s to reposition your limbs every two hours and lying on a mat that circulates ice cold fluid to help bring down your 104 degree temp. Anyone want to try all that out? Stay home and wear a mask when you go out! Stay safe and well!” What this article doesn’t say is that the patient can hear everything that is said so if the staff carelessly talks about death, the patient panics. If the sedatives are lessened, the patient panics because he can’t breath or talk or, in his case, move. When they begin to lower the pain medications, the patient screams in his head but can’t make a sound. When they take out the tubes it’s extremely uncomfortable. A trachea may replace the respirator, the patient still can’t talk or eat without a tube. Your child, your spouse, your parent, suffers from covid 19 alone in the hospital. The victims are not limited to strangers. When you choose to crowd, unmasked, into newly opened stores for some irrelevant purchase, ask yourself if it’s worth a lifetime of knowing your child suffered, maybe died, alone. #139

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It just suddenly hit me

I am not doing well, due to the lockdown, it gave me the perfect excuse not to go out. Lockdown has been lifted slightly but I still don’t have to go out, in fact its easier now my partner is … Continue reading

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Rollercoaster

Its been a weird couple of days, yesterday I was so down, no motivation nothing. I spent it on the sofa, trying to encourage Monkey to do his school work. This morning, was a little better and so far I … Continue reading

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Fingers Crossed

We seem to be going back to normal in my household. My partner went back to work yesterday and Monkey starts schooling (at home) again today after a week’s half term. The roads all seem busier as well, when I … Continue reading

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What the hell are they thinking?

My government, I actually think they are trying to kill, well, everyone. On Sunday, they announced that the shielding can now go out, oh and they were stopping the support for the homeless. Even by their own shit graph this … Continue reading

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*Press it* From Coping to Managing #135

A really good message at anytime via From Coping to Managing

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Well this is going from shit to shit

Sod the Coronavirus, our government is a lot more interesting. I mentioned roughly what was happening, but I wrote this on the Sunday But boy, did things start getting more fun. Cummings the PM chief’s aid did a press conference … Continue reading

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So the school situation

It looks like Monkey is not going to go back to school till at least September, this is the best situation at the moment. I can’t imagine, the government trying to force all the English year groups back before they … Continue reading

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Part time PM

I don’t like Boris Johnson, if that was not clear before I would think it is now. He is a PM elected for one reason and one reason only, to get Brexit done. It was just bad luck that during … Continue reading

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*Press it* Creating Your Own “Normal” #133

These are some great tips from Amanda to help getting through this time via Creating Your Own “Normal”

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