The Flu Can Be Deadly

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ZackyDog, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

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    On the night of March 4, 2019, I was feeling short of oxygen. I checked into Urgent Care. They shuttled me to my local hospital ER.

    The next thing I knew, it was mid-April and I was waking up in Portland Oregon. I had been put in a medically induced coma, it was about 5 weeks later. I was shuttled from where I lived in the Tacoma, Washington area, a couple of driving hours away, since there were no Ecmo machines (like life support) in the Tacoma/Seattle area.

    This illness, started with the flu, and quickly escalated to respiratory shutdown, kidney failure and a need for a Trac. I spent 3 months---bedridden---in different Portalnd hospitals. Since my legs had "been asleep" for over a month, I am still learning to walk again. The recovery time is anywhere from 8 -12 months. At the moment, I can't work and drive a car. My parents are helping me with my rehabilitation.

    You don't want to through this: getting your vitals several times/day, kidney dialysis, blood draws, IVs for sepsis, physical therapy, dry caths (look it up), assisted breathing from a respirator, etc., etc.

    Please---get your flu shot when they are available. It's not guaranteed, but it least it gives you a chance. This event nearly killed me; that's no exaggeration. Thanks for reading.
     
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  2. jannodude

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    Wow.. sorry to hear that. I hope you a speedy recovery. You’re blessed to be alive and well. Thanks for sharing!
     
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  3. stnmtthw

    stnmtthw Friend of Leo's

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    I'm glad you are doing better. Thanks for sharing your story.

    And you're right, its important to get vaccinated. For your loved ones if no one else.
     
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  4. SolidSteak

    SolidSteak Friend of Leo's

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    Wow man... glad you are alive! That sounds like an awful time. Hope the prognosis is headed to a full recovery? I am 100% pro flu shots, especially since I have kids in day care.
     
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    strat a various Friend of Leo's

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    Lost a couple of folks to pneumonia caused by influenza. Weird, huh? And check this out, one of my best friends was in a coma for a while due to being bitten by a skeeter than gave him some tropical disease ... in Houston!! Life is fragile, right?
     
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  6. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Glad you are doing better ZD .

    Always get flu shots in our family.
     
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  7. Geoff738

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    Best wishes for your continued recovery.

    Cheers,
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    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

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    Damn,
    Sounds like a real ordeal to say the least. Thankfully you weren’t conscious the whole time.
    I’m in the hospital myself. I have grown to absolutely despise hospitals.
    The VA hospital has some of the nicest people anywhere, and the VA system has been upgraded a dozen times, but it’s still a hospital.
    The lack of sleep is what usually does me in. It’s impossible to get a decent nights sleep, to even a couple hours at a time. Constant interruptions, noise, make it impossible, and I begin to unspool fairly soon without sleep.
    I hope you’re rehab goes well, good luck.
     
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  9. Deeve

    Deeve Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Take advantage of this second chance. . .

    Glad you made it back.
     
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    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    So glad to hear you are on the come back trail. What a horrendous experience.

    You're so right, the flu is nothing to sneeze at! :twisted:
     
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  11. twangking

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    I work in a school and I always get the flu. Even when I get the flu shot. Sorry to hear of your problems.
     
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  12. bcorig

    bcorig Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I cared for many patients like you before I retired. I understand everything you went through. The most terribly afflicted were younger and in relatively good health before they fell ill. Never lost one but many endured what you did. They all walked back in to express gratitude to our team. You’ll get there. Don’t overlook the PTSD.
    None had taken the time to be vaccinated.
    I’m glad you made it. Having always been on the other end I cannot imagine what that experience is.
    One day at a time.
     
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  13. Paul in Colorado

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    Wow! Glad you're recovering. May you heal quickly.
     
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    Man! Glad you’re on the road to recovery Zacky and yes, I agree with ya.
     
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    Glad you're on the mend.
     
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    A good warning and hope you are OK .I get my flu shots and a pneumonia shot .I have COPD so it will probably carry me off one of these days unless my bad singing gets an accurate critical bottle shot in the gob .
     
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    Wishing you a rapid recovery
     
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    Wow, glad you are on the road to recovery.

    After WWI there was a flu epidemic carried all over the world from the battlefronts by the returning soldiers that took the lives of an estimated 20-50 million people worldwide. It is estimated that 500 million people (one-third of the population) worldwide were infected. It isn't a joke, and especially to anyone with reduced resistance.

    Bob
     
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    What a story. I'm sorry that happened to you, and glad you're on the mend.
     
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    Best wishes for a complete recovery! It reads like you were fortunate to have had good or appropriate care and also with your family help. Again, good luck.
     
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