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Fri Apr 17, 2020, 09:23 AM

Update on BFFs Covid case

It’s a week ago that my best friend’s only child—her son—was admitted to Chicago’s VA hospital. He’s on life support/a ventilator because doctors said his lungs kept filling up with fluid (cytokinesis?).

THREE Covid tests had to be taken. The first two came back negative even though he has textbook symptoms. Only today is his diagnosis confirmed.

He’s been given Trump’s drug—hydroxychloroquine. His kidneys became affected and it was discontinued so are steroids being discontinued. The ventilator has been modulated or adjusted to varied settings which I think is a good thing.

His mom who drove him to the hospital is self quarantined and speaks to doctors multiple times a day. All prayers, positive energy are appreciated.

My intent for sharing is to also warn. Not only don’t we have enough tests, but the tests aren’t reliable. If it’s taken three tests to diagnose him, who knows whether or when reentry is safe.


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Reply Update on BFFs Covid case (Original post)
live love laugh Apr 2020 OP
backtoblue Apr 2020 #1
Wounded Bear Apr 2020 #2
SheltieLover Apr 2020 #13
superpatriotman Apr 2020 #18
malaise Apr 2020 #3
FakeNoose Apr 2020 #4
Nay Apr 2020 #5
live love laugh Apr 2020 #7
Nay Apr 2020 #10
live love laugh Apr 2020 #11
Nay Apr 2020 #12
live love laugh Apr 2020 #14
Nay Apr 2020 #15
LisaL Apr 2020 #20
live love laugh Apr 2020 #25
LisaL Apr 2020 #17
Amishman Apr 2020 #6
Boomerproud Apr 2020 #8
LAS14 Apr 2020 #9
iluvtennis Apr 2020 #16
marlakay Apr 2020 #19
flying_wahini Apr 2020 #21
woodsprite Apr 2020 #22
live love laugh Apr 2020 #24
pandr32 Apr 2020 #23
JudyM Apr 2020 #26

Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:09 AM

1. What a nightmare

I will say a prayer for her and her son.

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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:11 AM

2. Testing, testing, testing...

but too much testing makes the Presidump look bad because numbers, you know.

Best wishes for the young man.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:06 AM

13. Healing vibes on the way!

+1 WoundedBear!

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:22 AM

18. Well we want to keep the numbers down, remember?

nt

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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:12 AM

3. Sending positive vibes

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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:19 AM

4. Chump's drug equals death

Prayers for your friend's son. I really hope he makes it. If he's otherwise young and healthy then he has a good chance. Your friend (the boy's mother) needs to take care of herself, because she has most likely contracted Covid herself.

Hydroxychloroquine is a lie and a sham to make money off of dying, desperate people. Chump has earned his place in hell and I hope he goes quickly.



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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:21 AM

5. Can his mom apply for the antiviral, remdesivir, under compassionate rules? It's in trials in

the US right now, and has saved a hundred or so very sick people.

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Response to Nay (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:28 AM

7. I've been sending her info about it and Atemvir?

I may be referring to the same drug as you... She’s asked and been told they have their own protocol. I’m gonna call her right now though about compassionate usage. Thanks!

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Response to live love laugh (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:39 AM

10. She may want to apply to the actual trials admin to see if they can get him in. I'm not exactly

sure how you would do that, but here's the link to the Chicago trial. Of 113 very sick people, 2 died and the rest have recovered.

https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/16/early-peek-at-data-on-gilead-coronavirus-drug-suggests-patients-are-responding-to-treatment/

I don't know where the son is hospitalized, but if it's close to Chicago, I'd think he would have a chance. Your poor friend. I cry for her.

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Response to Nay (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:55 AM

11. Thank you so very much 🙏🏽

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Response to live love laugh (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:03 AM

12. OMG, I reread your OP and saw that he is in Chicago! Oh, please, please, angels, get

that son into the trial. I'm holding my breath over here.

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Response to Nay (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:06 AM

14. I just called University of Chicago where the trials

Are taking place. I could only leave a message with a general phone number but hopefully they will call back soon. His Mom’s going to be talking to his doctors in a few minutes.

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Response to live love laugh (Reply #14)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:10 AM

15. May it happen. May it happen. Make sure to ask for "compassionate use" -- that may

help, even if he can't get into a trial.

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Response to live love laugh (Reply #14)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:30 AM

20. Gilead is the company that makes it.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #20)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:58 AM

25. I just found Gileads contact info to apply for compassionate use

the physician has to call. I gave the info to his mom.


“Treating physicians may request information about Expanded Access for cell therapy by contacting 1-844-454-KITE”

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Response to live love laugh (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:21 AM

17. The drug is called remdesivir.

Supposedly it's showing good result even in seriously ill patients.

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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:24 AM

6. Viral tests often have a significant margin for error

I know flu tests (especially with 'B' strains) have a moderately high false negative rate.

Wouldn't be surprised that there are parallels

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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:36 AM

8. Please let your BBF know that we care.

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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:38 AM

9. I wonder if stats adjust for the 30% false negative results of these tests. nt

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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:14 AM

16. Sent up a prayer for him. BTW, there is new drug with some promise. It's called Remdesivir and is

in trial.

Read about it here - https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142472303

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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:24 AM

19. So sorry for your friend and their son

This is why we need to be careful. My neighbor a teacher had pneumonia few weeks ago now his wife is sick he told us across our court his test for Covid was negative but I don’t believe it.

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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:33 AM

21. I'd would Love to know who made those tests. I suspect Most of are faulty.

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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:34 AM

22. Prayers to your friend's son. It took my friend 3 tests to find out he was positive as well.

He had been on a vent (5 days, hospitalized 11 days) and is now home recuperating. I'm sending best wishes and prayers that your friend's son can experience the same recovery.

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #22)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:56 AM

24. This gives me so much hope thanks 🙏🏽

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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:38 AM

23. I am sorry to hear this

How awful for your friend to have her only child in such a dire situation. I want to believe that there is some form of comfort for people who are in hospital and unable to have their loved ones with them.
Thanks for posting the testing information. I hope we have better tests soon.

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Response to live love laugh (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:01 PM

26. There was a report in medical news yesterday or the day before that these types of patient should

be rolled onto their sides, that that has helped a number of them improve. Looked quickly for it just now but didn’t spot it. But it’s out there. Don’t want to g8 e false hope but the article was saying little else seems to work. Maybe it’s worth a try, especially if you can find that writeup.

Serious wishes for him to improve soon 🙏

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