Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-08-03 17:20:41 –
Colorado Springs — Health officials continue to encourage people to vaccinate, mainly due to the highly contagious delta mutation, as cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 are increasing here in Colorado and across the country. He adds that it is the best tool for defeating viruses. End the pandemic.
As Dr. Michel Baron, Senior Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Management at UC Health told us in a previous story, when it comes to getting a vaccine or even when you need to wear a mask (YHF: Risk assessment for delta variants) It’s really a personal decision that comes down to weighing your own risks. It is important to remember that in other severe cases, COVID can be fatal or life-changing, although most cases of COVID are accompanied by mild symptoms.
That’s what Woodland Park resident and healthcare professional Dean Weed is familiar with. DeeAnn is a survivor of COVID and a long-haul carrier still dealing with the protracted victims of the virus. DeeAnn states that when sharing the COVID story, he wants to have one message that everyone remembers.
Dee Ann is a proud military veteran. “I joined the Air Force when I was 17, and I was an aircraft mechanic,” she said. DeeAnn worked on a plane for nine years when he realized that college degree people seemed to have more fun. She didn’t know what field she should be in, and it was her dad who suggested going to nursing school. DeeAnn thought it was good advice and got her degree to become a registered nurse. “I love my job. It turned out beautiful to me,” she said. DeeAnn graduated from nursing school in 1995 and returned to active duty in the Air Force as a nurse, starting basic patient care from the floor and eventually heading to the operating room. “Since 2004, I have been working as an OR nurse in orthopedics and sports medicine. Then in 2015, I retired. I have been a nurse for 20 years and have been active for 29 years.”
After retiring from the army, DeeAnn continued her beloved work in OR part-time as needed by UC Health. When the second COVID spike occurred in late 2020, most non-emergency orthopedic surgery was withheld and DeeAnn was not functioning. She states: “I quit my job about a week before Thanksgiving because of the surge in COVID cases. I’m at home and doing a lot of sewing in’her hut’-it’s my little happy place. I made a lot of Christmas gifts and stuffed animals for my niece’s daughter. “
She says she knew that COVID was a nasty little virus and was at home to avoid it unless she needed groceries or fabrics. “I wore a mask wherever I went. I don’t know where I got it.”
The first signs of DeeAnn’s problems occurred in December, a week before healthcare workers became available to the vaccine. She said, “On December 7, I went to see my doctor. At that time, I was told that my blood sugar was 429. I don’t remember anything after that.”
Looking back now, with the help of her husband Larry, she can fill the gap. “On December 9, I drove here to the emergency room in Woodland Park. I don’t know why. I don’t remember getting sick, but they did a nasal swab and I Said he was COVID positive and sent me home. “
On December 10, Larry called an ambulance that came to his house. Paramedics checked her and at this point she told her that she should recover with oxygen at home. But DeeAnn says she continued to get worse. “The next afternoon, my husband called an ambulance again because I was catatonic. I was staring at the floor. I wasn’t eating, I wasn’t doing anything. Sit here. Only. At that point he turned me to the highest level of oxygen, and I was still a funny gray with blue lips. An ambulance came again, took me to Memorial Central and was intubated. I was taken to ICU. At that time my blood glucose level was 526. I have never had high blood pressure in my life and I have never had diabetes …. “
In the next story, DeeAnn shares her experience in the ICU as a patient, providing a nurse’s perspective on quarantine and the moment she says she wants to give up and doesn’t want to continue.
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