emergency room

‘Both our kids suddenly had a very high temperature. Then the dry cough started and in that second, I knew what we were dealing with.’: Siblings test positive for coronavirus, ‘Please don’t take this lightly’

“We are a fit and healthy family. We eat well. We exercise. The fevers didn’t come down even after meds. Then the dry cough started. I kept hearing, ‘Kids don’t get sick.’ The doctor came out in full protective gear and said, ‘They’re positive.’ Our kids had been symptom free and up to the minute they got so unwell.”

‘Tonight is the last night I’ll hug my kids goodnight or kiss my husband until god knows when. Please end this thing. My arms stay empty every day you don’t.’: ER nurse shares reality of pandemic on family life, ‘I’m doing my part, please do yours’

“Starting tomorrow, I’ll come home from work through my laundry room door. I’ll strip naked, including shoes, and put everything straight into the washing machine. I’ll sanitize everything I touched, then hand sanitize. The odds of me being exposed are now a 100% guarantee. For weeks, months, I won’t be able to receive the human touch of love from the people who love me most. This will be my life, every day.”

‘His ribs were poking through. He was struggling to breathe. ‘We cannot test him. He doesn’t meet the criteria.’: Health care provider urges ‘stop the birthday parties, stop the play dates’ as son battles for his life

“This is the face of a health care provider and mother who is not allowed to be with her baby in the ER because she herself is extremely ill, hacking, weak, and with fever and could potentially infect others. This is the face of your fellow human being BEGGING YOU to stop the birthday parties, stop the play dates, STOP THE TRAVEL!”

‘My husband was grilling when our son knocked on the glass door crying and screaming, ‘Quarter, momma!’: Mom warns of button batteries in household after 20-month-old battles for his life

“My husband jumped up, immediately opening the door. But just as fast as my husband acted, so did my son. He ran away, swallowing what appeared to be a nickel. In a split second, our night changed. He was crying, screaming, ‘Quarter, momma!’ He then begins to gag and vomit intermittently, telling me it has not passed through his throat. It has felt like a lifetime without his hugs, kisses, and hearing his sweet voice.”

‘Ma’am, have a seat.’ I wanted to scream, ‘Look at the scar down my chest, I’m not making this up!’ but it was too late. They didn’t believe me.’: Woman finally diagnosed with invisible illness Myasthenia Gravis after 6-year battle  

“I was written off as hormonal. My husband frantically demanded I be intubated. He kept screaming, ‘The oxygen levels don’t matter. She’s in a Myasthenic Crisis!’ I tried to take a breath. It was too late. All my muscles started twitching. I was flopping around on the hospital gurney uncontrollably. Suffocating. I was dying and no one was listening to my husband’s desperate pleas. I heard Code Blue called over the intercom and faded away. I didn’t wake for 2 weeks.”

‘You show up when you’re tired. You hug me when I cry and don’t back down when things look bleak. I am on sacred ground with you.’: Mom shares touching ode to pediatric nurses

“When people ask me, ‘What is it like to live in the hospital?’ the first images that come to my mind are your faces and your hands. You listen and teach. You take the time to help us understand. You bring me coffee and chocolate. You look me in the eye when you give good or bad news. I have never been more honored to witness anyone fulfill their calling in life. I am on sacred ground with you.”

‘Her tampon was poisoning her. ‘It’s okay, the ambulance is coming.’ She took a deep breathe, and closed her eyes.’: Mom loses daughter to Toxic Shock Syndrome, ‘My beautiful girl was a fighter’

“It was my daughter’s 19th birthday. She was sick to her stomach and had a fever. She was just lying in bed. Her eyes were open, but she was out of it. Suddenly, she stopped breathing. I screamed, ‘Don’t leave me, I love you, please don’t leave me.’ My girl was a fighter.”

‘Her temperature is 103.7.’ She was placed on oxygen and IV’s immediately. I had to be strong for my sweet girl.’: Girl battles life-threatening flu, ‘Taking my McKenna home made me weep’

“I thought she’d sleep it off but the next morning, her breathing was off. It hurt her so much to cough that she’d scream out in pain each time. I was offering all her favorites, but she was declining food. She was placed on IV fluids and oxygen immediately. I wish I would have listened to my gut.”

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