A suburban Chicago woman shared her “unfiltered COVID ICU nurse experience” on Facebook over the weekend, and her words have echoed once again in Illinois and across the country, with many in the form of a coronovirus epidemic.
Carole Williams, a nurse in Aurora, appealed to her followers on social media to “just stop.”
“Stop thinking it’s like the flu, it’s not. Stop telling me the survival rate, so it’s not a big deal, it’s a big deal. Stop saying that health workers signed up for it Have done, we have not ”Williams wrote. “Stop ignoring the science-based recommendations of masking, social disturbances, hand hygiene, and not gathering in large crowds, they work. Stop holding yourself down that it won’t affect you or anyone that You love or know, it will be. ”
Williams wrote that when she is asked her opinion on the epidemic, she gives people “an unfiltered Kovid IC nursery experience”.
“No one wants to believe that this is happening in their own backyard, but it is not and it is not beautiful,” his message read.
The post included a photo of Williams, with lines of PPE still etched on his face, which he said “showed him after spending five hours inside a Kovid-positive ICU room working to save a patient.” ”
“At this moment, I gave up because I already knew what the outcome would be, though it hadn’t happened yet,” she wrote. “The inability to save a patient despite doing everything makes you mentally exhausted. Now imagine repeating and counting for 8 months.”
She shares the cry with patients as that “a real possibility in reality” and sits with them as they call or video chat with loved ones before putting them on ventilators as a last resort.
“Imagine a nurse or doctor holding the same patient’s hand and stroking his head after weeks, because his ventilator has been removed because he has not improved and his family then says goodbye and I love you Am when they take their last breath during FaceTime, ”he wrote. “Now please keep in mind the ICU PATI. Imagination. Breathing, pain, fear, loneliness, isolation, anxiety, despair, and sadness. Just need to use all your energy to breathe. The true feeling that you have Can’t feel better and can’t face you. Own mortality. We do our best to soothe fear, comfort and engagement while providing the best care possible in our weakest moments. I promise to read that your healthcare team will fight with every ounce of theirs to get you better. Until every measure is over whether you are hospitalized with Kovid or any other disease. “
Williams, whose post was shared hundreds of times on Facebook, is one of several health workers to ring the alarm during the virus’s latest surge.
Last week, a group of physicians and health care workers in Illinois warned that an analysis of Illinois’ coronavirus data showed the state could “exceed its ICU bed capacity by Thanksgiving” and deaths per day by mid-December May increase.
“We are better at identifying and treating the disease, and the survival rate in COVID-19 patients has been improving slightly since the onset of the epidemic. This is good news, but not the overall trajectory and threat of the epidemic. Has changed. ” wrote. “COVID-19 hospitals in Illinois have doubled in the last three weeks, a very dangerous trend.”
The group of physicians said that heavy hospitals would force others to “care for victims with unexpected emergent conditions, such as heart attacks, appendicitis, cancer diagnoses and motor vehicle accidents.”
The group wrote, “When the hospital has capacity, if doctors and healthcare professionals lack hospital beds, the mortality rate will increase in all critically ill patients.”
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday that some healthcare sectors in the state have seen more than three times as many coronovirus hospitalizations as they did during the first wave of viruses before this spring.
Already, Northwestern Medicine has planned an increase, along with visitor restrictions. Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago has restored its COVID round and its Incident Command Center.
Both Amita Health System and Advocate Arora are not strictly enforcing any visitor policies as they add 1,000 cases to their entire system.
Hospitalizations regularly lag behind in cases of escalation, and Illinois is watching that take place. Case numbers began to rise in mid-October, with a steep increase in positivity rates, and hospitalization was not far behind, as the number of hospitalized residents due to the virus nearly tripled from October 1. is.
“We’re going to come up with some creative solutions to make sure everyone has a bed, whether it’s for COVID, or whether it’s for flu-like illness or a car accident, or for a heart attack . This is a very imminent issue, ”Dr. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Nozie Ezik said.
Williams ended his message with a final plea for those who read.
“Please do not discount all lives lost or affected by this epidemic so far,” he wrote. “We need to come together as a country, now we need to work together, now.”