Hi everyone, I’ve been meaning to write this post for days, but life is very hectic at the moment!!
So after 117 days in hospital Tony is finally home!
Tony is 31yrs old, previously fit and absolutely healthy, no underlying health conditions.
He spent 93 days in ICU, 10 days in a normal ward, and 14 days in rehab. He first showed signs of COVID19 on April 2nd with a very high fever, coughing started after 7 days. He was taken to hospital on April 9th. He was put on a CPAP mask for 5 days before putting him on a ventilator. They gave him 10hrs to live but thankfully he was eligible for ECMO and was put on it within 24hrs of being on the vent. He spent 33 days on ECMO, he was on an induced coma for 51 days, remained on the vent for a total of 87 days, he was on dialysis for 3 weeks as his kidneys failed, he was on nitric oxide for nearly a month as his heart was not strong, his first tracheostomy clotted and blocked his airway completely, so it had to be removed and he had to be reintubated from the mouth. The second tracheostomy had to be done in the theatre. He had every infection and bug there is out there, including CMV virus, he had a very severe case of acute pancreatitis, his liver failed, he was on a feeding tube for 3 months.
He had to learn to do everything from the beginning as the muscle wastage was phenomenal. It took him three weeks to properly wake up but thankfully the delirium and nightmares wasn’t too bad.
He has developed diabetes and needs insulin twice a day, he is on medication for his heart as his heart rate is high, and he has liver issues which we don’t know yet how severe or if it is permanent. He is left with scars everywhere, but we embrace them, and he actually shows them off 🎉
He is getting stronger everyday, he is just unable to eat too much he is still losing weight (he has lost more than 30kgs so far) and we think it’s due to the liver damage. We take everyday as it comes and we celebrate every victory. A week after being home, where he couldn’t even walk around properly, he’s been climbing the stairs up and down with his weapons (crutches) we go out daily, and we spend most of the day in the garden with the neighbours. Not every day is a good day, and not every moment is pleasant, but he is alive and we are together!
Thank you everyone for helping me throughout these awful 4 months, the most horrible of my life. I have met some amazing people here, that I consider friends, and without them I don’t know if I would be calm and content now.
Don’t ever lose hope 💪🏼🙏🏻❤️