My Journey Through Hell
September 2, 2022, at around 10 in the morning, I was rushed to the ER. I was extremely weak and was told that I need to be admitted to the hospital. My sugar level dropped as well as my Potassium. Many procedures were done, including X-rays, blood work, NGT, etc.
NGT stands for Nasogastric tube. A method of inserting a plastic tube into one of the nostrils, down the back of the throat, and into the stomach.
After that, I had to stay at the ER just until a room would be vacant because, at that time, even the ER was jam-packed.
I thought that once I'm in the hospital, my condition would get better, but I was wrong. I was so weak that I can't even move my legs. My husband had to carry me every time I need to use the toilet. So the nurse told me to wear diapers instead. I refused at first because I am not used to wearing it but I don't want to be a burden to my husband.
At night, I could not sleep. I felt discomfort, uncomfortable because of the tube inserted in my nostril but I had no choice because it was hard for me to swallow any kind of food, even water.
My condition got even worst. At that time, it was so hard to breathe although there was oxygen in me, I kept on complaining and I knew that the nurses were annoyed. I can sense it through their actions. I was crying in silence because of what I'd felt.
Nurses, we're checking my vital signs every hour and they told me that the oxygen level in my body was normal so I need to relax.
Evening came, and my breathing became heavier. It felt like there was something heavy pressing against my chest. So to check if I still have enough oxygen in my body, I told my husband to hand me the pulse oximeter. One of the staff gave us that when I was admitted. It is a device used to estimate the saturation level of the oxygen in the blood and pulse rate.
After using it, the result showed that my pulse rate was below normal, it was 38. My husband called the nurse and when they checked it again, it was normal 56. She told us that maybe the oximeter that I used is damaged. How could that be possible? It is new, I supposed when they gave it to us.
I was in doubt so, after 15 minutes, I checked again. and the result was not okay, though the oxygen level was normal, my pulse rate was not. It was 32. So I told my husband to call the nurse again and when they checked it, it was down to 30. They head back to the nurse's station and after a minute or two, they were back and transferred me to another bed where they can see me and they connect me to a machine where they can see my vitals on a big monitor.
At that moment, I can hear my husband complaining or more on arguing with my doctor as to why my condition didn't get any better after all those medicines were injected into me. The doctor said that the medicine is not a magic pill and that once taken, I would get better. It would take some time before it will take effect.
I called my husband just to stop their argument. He sat beside me and asked if I'm okay. I told him that I can't breathe.
And that was the last thing that I remembered. After that, I don't know what happened next. The next thing I knew was, I was already connected to a mechanical ventilator and there was a tube inside my mouth. I was surrounded by nurses and doctors. I was looking for my husband but I could not see him with the people surrounding me.
I've heard one of the nurses say, "she's awake."
That was when I saw my husband, he hold my hand and asked if I'm okay. Then I heard the doctor say that it was a good sign that I was able to regain consciousness immediately.
After all the fuss, we were told that there was a vacant room but it is a private room. My husband agreed. For the time being, I will be transferred there, and once the result of my RTPCR test is out, I will be transferred to the ICU, where I will be given utmost care.
to be continued......
Hi everyone! Oh, it feels good to be back! I hope my diligence won't betray me, hahaha!
Anyway, I have been so excited to share my story of how I was from the day that I was admitted up to this day. From all the struggles, and hindrances that I had to overcome just to be alive. So expect more of this, I hope it won't bore you guys!
Till next reading!
Date of Published: November 5, 2022