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Mon Mar 16, 2020, 08:20 AM

Hudson mom Amy Driscoll shares her 'brutal' encounter after being diagnosed with coronavirus


https://www.cleveland.com/coronavirus/2020/03/hudson-mom-amy-driscoll-shares-her-brutal-encounter-after-being-diagnosed-with-coronavirus.html?fbclid=IwAR2ibu6TXGA1DJ0BQlQV_FFeXQ66akPeAh2CZVig4J4PsLJbKT-It5My-ks

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Amy Driscoll knew she was in trouble when she woke at 3 a.m. on Thursday and was having trouble breathing.
The 48-year-old Hudson woman’s first thought was the flu; she’d been feeling a little run down and feverish the day before. Still, she was worried.
Her new symptoms — a racing heart, a “terrible” headache and a hard cough — had come on fast. And she’d never felt quite so sick before, even when she was hospitalized for pneumonia, she told The Plain Dealer in an interview Sunday. In the back of her mind, an unwelcome thought surfaced: coronavirus.

Health officials had reported Summit County’s first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, only days before. Across the state, the number of cases was steadily climbing as testing increased. People were getting the illness who had no known exposure to it, a phenomenon called “community spread.”

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with symptoms similar to those of the flu — fever, cough and shortness of breath — that has infected 37 people in Ohio as of Sunday night.There are no medications approved to treat it and wider testing only became available last week in Ohio.
Driscoll texted her cousin Molly, a pediatric nurse who works at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center, to get some advice.
Her temperature was 100.2. She was “struggling to take in air.” She told Molly she was worried she might be getting pneumonia again.
The cousin told Driscoll she needed to go to the hospital, but to call first. Emergency room staff at UH Ahuja told Driscoll to call the Ohio Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline first. No one answered.....Molly told Driscoll to sit tight and called the emergency department herself. She told them her cousin was coming in.

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FarPoint Mar 16 OP
MyOwnPeace Mar 16 #1
FarPoint Mar 16 #3
MyOwnPeace Mar 16 #4
handmade34 Mar 16 #2
FM123 Mar 16 #5
uponit7771 Mar 16 #6
uponit7771 Mar 16 #7
Joinfortmill Mar 16 #8
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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 08:31 AM

1. Excellent - and well worth the read.....

Thanks for posting.......

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 08:38 AM

3. Your welcome...

A " first hand story" adds to the visual impression.....can be motivating.

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 08:41 AM

4. As you said......

"A " first hand story" adds to the visual impression.....can be motivating."

Indeed it is - far better than a dry "clinical" explanation of what might happen or what to expect.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 08:32 AM

2. good read n/t

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 09:03 AM

5. Thanks for sharing this.

"She was “struggling to take in air.” - this just shows how hard it hits someone, yet there are folks out there saying ignorant things like it's just like a bad cold.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 09:15 AM

6. K&R, Lack of **unfettered** nationwide Coronavirus testing will delay US recovery & kill peoples

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 09:19 AM

7. "...No one answered...", omfg

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 11:21 AM

8. Jeez. What if she didn't have a sister who was a nurse? Would she be dead now? WTF?

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Response to Joinfortmill (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 11:24 AM

9. Highly likely...

I thought this could help by sharing …..

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Response to Joinfortmill (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 11:26 AM

10. +1

Our healthcare system is so broken, and this pandemic is shining a spotlight on it.

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