Covid is right here, and it's getting bad fast.

cptlo

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The brother of a friend and his wife were both just hospitalized with COVID. He's not doing very good. He has pneumonia and will likely be put on a ventilator. I'm not sure of age but based on my friend's age, I'd guess they are in their late 60's or early 70's. Neither has been vaccinated.
 

Guard Dad

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Great number!

The brother of a friend and his wife were both just hospitalized with COVID. He's not doing very good. He has pneumonia and will likely be put on a ventilator. I'm not sure of age but based on my friend's age, I'd guess they are in their late 60's or early 70's. Neither has been vaccinated.
I refused the ventilator and my pulmonogist said I made a good choice, that I probably wouldn't have come home had they put me on it.
 

Paxilpapa

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I refused the ventilator and my pulmonogist said I made a good choice, that I probably wouldn't have come home had they put me on it.
I was on a ventilator in 2000 when I had bypass surgery for 8 hrs, which is normal. However my close family and neighbors have had bad luck with the things. It looks to me like your body gets used to the thing and gives up on that body function the longer you're on it,,, sometimes forever as in the case of my family. Needless to say, I don't trust them. The artificial coma is ok, but no ventilators!
 

Guard Dad

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I was on a ventilator in 2000 when I had bypass surgery for 8 hrs, which is normal. However my close family and neighbors have had bad luck with the things. It looks to me like your body gets used to the thing and gives up on that body function the longer you're on it,,, sometimes forever as in the case of my family. Needless to say, I don't trust them. The artificial coma is ok, but no ventilators!
Per my limited understanding...when a person has COVID pneumonia as I did, the real objective is to get the pneumonia out of the lungs so they can better absorb oxygen. I was told that the ventilator actually stands in the way of the body's mechanisms that do that, so pneumonia patients rarely get any better when on a ventilator. When a patent is to the point where they must go on a ventilator or die, they will likely die anyway, just a bit later because the machine buys you a little time.

When the nurse told me they were considering putting me on a ventilator and I refused, she asked me why and I answered that I had seen the stats and if I went on a ventilator I would likely die while on it. She reluctantly confirmed that I was right, but then said "but you don't understand, you might get to the point where you'll die if you don't". To which I answered, "so I'll probably die either way", right? And she nodded her head yes. I told her if I was going to die regardless, I didn't want to be on a machine when I did.

I was actually a little surprised when the pulmonologist said I was right to refuse it and that I probably wouldn't have come home had I gone on one. That's one of the things I like about him, he tells it like it is. He also told me while looking at my x-rays that he didn't know how I survived, which was kind of sobering. I'm very thankful to still be here.
 
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cptlo

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Great number!

The brother of a friend and his wife were both just hospitalized with COVID. He's not doing very good. He has pneumonia and will likely be put on a ventilator. I'm not sure of age but based on my friend's age, I'd guess they are in their late 60's or early 70's. Neither has been vaccinated.

Edit to above...he is only 55 years old.

Sadly, he is now on a ventilator as of last night. :(
 
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