Moderate to Severe Case
Young & No Underlying Medical Conditions
Part I: Diagnosis & Treatment (Remdesivir)
*Pseudonym to protect patient’s identity
- COVID-19 or novel coronavirus
- 1st Symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Fever (10 days, mostly 100-101 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Shortness of breath
- Clinical drug trial
- Developed as possible treatment for Ebola virus infection, now under clinical testing to treat COVID-19
- Treatment Center:
- PAMF (Urgent care, 1st tests)
- Stanford (Clinical drug trial and hospitalization)
- How do you think you got the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- When did you realize something was wrong?
- You kept working despite feeling flu-symptoms
- How did you figure out what you had and what to do?
- When did you call the doctor?
- How did you know where to go for medical attention?
- It was confusing to figure out where to be
- Outside of that mix-up, describe the urgent care experience
- Describe your second trip to urgent care
- The doctor diagnosed you with coronavirus
- A misdiagnosis happened after a set of X-rays were taken
- Diagnosis was changed back to coronavirus after blood tests
- Quarantine, Work, Family
- What were the instructions for quarantine?
- When did you call the Emergency Department?
- How did work react to your diagnosis?
- You learned that you had given the coronavirus to family members
- Emergency Department Visit
- When did you decide to go to the ER?
- How did the hospital staff receive you?
- ER doctor did not want to give you a coronavirus test
- They took your vitals and suggested sending you home
- What tests did they give you?
- You ended up getting two sets of X-rays taken
- You had dealt with a lot of different medical opinions up to this point
- The decision was to keep you for observation
- Describe the 48 hours in the observation room
- How was the healthcare staff – the doctors, the nurses?
- Describe your symptoms, including the fevers
- Medical staff = heroes
- Clinical Drug Trial: Remdesivir
- How did you end up on a clinical drug trial?
- How many other people were enrolled in the trial when you were on it?
- That’s when they officially gave you the coronavirus/COVID-19 test
- How long did it take to get the coronavirus swab test results?
- You moved rooms and met a new doctor for the trial
- How did he describe the trial?
- Describe the drug infusion
- Describe the “crazy dream”
How do you think you got the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
It actually all kind of started first when I went on a business trip. I went to London and I was there from pretty much the 26th of February through the 5th of March. So a full week.
Before I went, I was asking everyone – my husband, my parents, my friends, my colleagues, boss, everyone – do you think I should go? Should I cancel? And everyone’s like, oh, I think you’re actually fine in London. I think it’s actually safer there than it is in the Bay Area. I remember when I was there, I was thinking I should be okay.
But I was feeling very scared and would wash my hands constantly. I remember on the fourth is when I actually had to present. There were 250 people there from all over Europe. No one from Italy was allowed, but it was people from all over. I remember they were shaking my hand, I was talking to all of them. They’re all in my face. I was thinking, okay, as long as I could go wash my hands afterwards, it should be fine.
My flight was supposed to leave on Friday, the sixth, but I moved it up to the fifth, Thursday, so I could leave early because that’s when stories started coming out and I was starting to panic. I got home on the same day on Thursday. I had a sore throat by that point, but I’m the kind of person that gets sick on airplanes because the air is really dry. I didn’t think too much about it.
When did you realize something was wrong?
I came home early. We had friends come over for dinner. I felt fine aside from a sore throat, which is something I usually get when I travel. So I didn’t think too much about it over the weekend.
It started to get a little bit more pronounced, the sore throat. And I remember I had a friend who was supposed to come over on Sunday, but I was like, actually, do you think maybe we can postpone? I’m not feeling so well. But it was just a sore throat. I remember on Monday, March 9th is when I had to go straight back into work [from home] and I didn’t feel jet lag, but I was feeling a bit of fatigue.
I remember specifically around 2 pm is when I started to feel the chills, which eventually led to a full blown, really bad fever.
And that was because I had to lead a call at that time. That’s when I would say I got the full symptoms. I had a fever, chills, really bad sweats. It was nonstop. And I was thinking, okay, I probably just had the flu, right. That went all the way into, I would say Thursday.
You kept working despite feeling flu-symptoms
The entire week that I was working [from home], and I was working like a crazy person by the way, I was feeling the fever for those four or five days.
We formed this COVID SWAT team at work and I was leading it. We had to put together all these playbooks on how companies should respond to some of this coronavirus and how they should reallocate their budgets. It was crazy.
I was working 12 hours a day. I think that just made things a lot worse because I was very stressed out.
And I had this crazy fever and I was taking Tylenol and I wasn’t sleeping. It was crazy.
How did you figure out what you had and what to do?
I went online. I Googled coronavirus. I was in denial because I had a fever but I didn’t have a dry cough. Whenever I tried to take a deep breath there was pressure in the back of my throat trying to force myself to exhale immediately. I was in denial because it was there at a very, very small amount, but over the weekend got worse.
I visited many sites cause I was very paranoid about what was going on. I went to the CDC website but it lacked depth and information. It just said the same thing – an infographic thing showing icons of people who had a fever, shortness of breath and dry cough. I already know this. You need to give me a little bit more information. I need to see all the gradients of that information.
I finally found a website saying if it’s a fever, it’s a low grade fever and it usually is between 100 to 100.7 or something.
When did you call the doctor?
Wednesday the 11th. I actually called urgent care saying I actually was traveling, I went to London. I have these symptoms. I have a fever, a sore throat, I’m not quite coughing, I don’t have shortness of breath. But I wondered if I could have COVID?
They’re like call us on Thursday because if this flu doesn’t get better by three days, which is when most of us get better, then maybe you should come in.
How did you know where to go for medical attention?
I had gone to urgent care in the past when my kids didn’t feel well and urgent care is very close to where I live and so I just went there.
They’re the ones who told me that if your breathing changes at all, you need to go to the ER because coronavirus works very rapidly. Within five or six hours the entire situation could change into something very, very bad.
It was confusing to figure out where to be
The part that I think was very badly managed was the urgent care. I was getting different information. One nurse told me to come in and when I came in, they’re like get the hell out of here. Then someone said well if we knew you had it, we would tell you to use the back entrance.
There’s a back entrance where someone walks you in, they give you a mask afterwards and they throw on a full hazmat suit. There is a whole procedure that you should be following that they had, but they failed to tell me that.
So I just felt a lot of people didn’t really know what’s going on because it was happening so fast that the information wasn’t scaled.
Outside of that mix-up, describe the urgent care experience
I called them on Thursday and the nurse was like, you should come in and we’ll take care of you. So I went into urgent care.
A physician’s assistant sat me down and took my heart rate. She listened to my breathing, she looked at my oxygen levels. They took a swab for the flu. She’s like you’re just having an anxiety attack. You’re panicking, you’re fine. Trust me, you’re healthy, you’re young, you’re fine. She sent me home.
Then the entire night, I had chills. I was sweating so much and I drenched my entire sheets, my blanket, everything. I’m thinking this is day four. Flus are supposed to be gone out of your system after 72 hours. So I knew something was not right.
Describe your second trip to urgent care
I call urgent care again. They’re like, okay, this time you can come in. We’re not going to give you a hard time. Someone will see you. When I went in, I was wearing a mask.
They called pretty quickly to just do my vitals. My blood pressure looked like it was on the low side but still okay. They are checking my heart rate and all these things and then they say go back and wait until the doctor called me.
The doctor diagnosed you with coronavirus
I remember the doctor actually called me on my cell phone because he said he was trying to minimize the amount of time he spent with me. That was what they were directed to do with all the people who potentially had COVID. So I just sat in there and the reception was so bad he could barely hear me, but I remember he said that I should go to the hospital right away cause he said it sounded I had COVID.
I’m like, how could you say that? The woman yesterday thought I didn’t have it. All they do is do my blood pressure. He’s like, well, because I saw your flu swab – it’s negative.
I’m like, oh my gosh, it’s negative and I still have a flu – what’s going on. He said clearly it’s not the flu and also your blood pressure, it looks low and then you told them you were dizzy. I just said I was a little dizzy because I had been sitting down, lying down all day and he’s like, you need to go to the hospital right away. I said I can’t just go to the hospital – I have children. He asked are you saying you refuse to go?
He then said he couldn’t really hear me and would come into the room. I’m so glad he came in because it was just night and day. It was much more calm. He was like, I’m pretty sure you have COVID based on the fact that you’ve had a four day fever, you don’t have the flu.
He listened to my breathing and he said that’s not normal breathing. That really freaked me out because no one ever said that about me. “Your breathing sounds diminished.”
At that point I realized that he was right. I was in denial. There was this pressure in the back of my chest that was forcing the air out and I couldn’t take a deep breath. And as soon as he said that, I was very much aware of it.
A misdiagnosis happened after a set of X-rays were taken
The doctor made me do a series of X-rays just to see what was going on. He came back within maybe 10 minutes because they were pretty quick.
He was like, actually you don’t have COVID, you have pneumonia. It’s on the left side of your lungs. You have these things that look like ground glass that’s making the X-ray harder to read.
Those are the classic signs of pneumonia and he says, I’m going to give you antibiotics, you’re going to go pick it up and you’re going to head home.
So I went to CVS, there was a very long line, people were buying up all this stuff. It was the start of the panic, right? Because it just started with the shelter-in-place announcement.
I waited forever to get my prescription. I walked out and then I went home and I realized that there were a bunch of messages from me from the doctor.
Also, my own doctor called because she had seen the results, too. So both sets of doctors are now calling me.
Diagnosis was changed back to coronavirus after blood tests
Long story short is both doctors called me at the same time [after they saw] the blood work that they took when I was in urgent care had come back.
The doctor said, actually I take it back. You don’t have pneumonia, you have COVID because your blood work is showing that you have really low white blood cells, as well as red blood cells. That’s what COVID does. It really lowers your blood cell count.
The thing that makes it look a little strange and makes it seem it’s not coronavirus is that it’s only compromising the left side of your lungs. In most cases it would be both sides. It’s not very normal for someone your age to have it so that’s why we’re just a little bit concerned right now.
At that point I was full blow having a panic attack. Am I going to die? Do I have pneumonia? Do I have coronavirus? I don’t know. And they wouldn’t give me a COVID swab because Trump was making it very hard for testing. I think even now, they didn’t have any tests at PAMF when I went in. They couldn’t give me one.
Quarantine, Work, Family
What were the instructions for quarantine?
They said act as if you have to quarantine yourself. They told me I couldn’t share a bathroom with anyone in my house. That I shouldn’t even share utensils. They said to use plastic ones. They said I should wash my clothes separately. I should, if I could, stay at a completely different place than family.
I was very fortunate. We have a guest house with a separate kitchen and a bathroom. So I just literally locked the door because my kids are trying to come in and I’d completely isolated myself. My husband kept trying to come in to help me, but they said to keep him away.
I also didn’t eat for three or four days because the nausea was so bad. I couldn’t keep food down. It was so crazy. I remember I was vomiting. It was very miserable staying by myself.
And then the doctor that had seen me in the urgent care was like, I’m going to call you in the morning every day. I’m going to just check it on you. He was so helpful.
When did you call the Emergency Department?
It was a Saturday. I remember that. I was just in the guest house all day just wondering am I going to die? What’s happening? I kept calling the ER to see how full it was because the one thing that doctor told me before I hung up was if you find that your breathing changes and you suddenly have a hard time breathing, you have to go to, you have to call 911 right away because this thing gets bad very quickly. It can be literally five or six hours and something bad could happen. For some reason this thing just really can destroy your heart very quickly and if you’re not breathing normally, even worse than you are now, you have to call mainly because all those things can start having a domino effect.
I remember just being like, that’s so scary. Maybe I should just go to the ER. So I kept calling and there were always at least 15 or 20 people who were waiting. Okay, I can’t go.
How did work react to your diagnosis?
I was in touch with my work and I told my boss, I have coronavirus. He was just horrified. He was like don’t even think about work. I’ll be the person to manage everything. Any kind of next steps need to be taken, I’ll help you manage that.
The next step was that I’d go on short term disability for as long as the doctor thought I could be out. He said I think that you should need three weeks just to be at home. And so I was like, okay, this sounds good.
You learned that you had given the coronavirus to family members
My mom called me [during my quarantine]. She and my dad were renovating their home and so they stayed with us for the week and they’re helping to care for the kids because my oldest daughter’s school was shut down.
My mom was telling me that her and my dad both had these coughs and they had fevers. Because they’re older and my dad has serious heart problems, they went to Stanford and they gave them COVID swabs because Stanford hospital actually at that point was making their own.
Their tests came out positive.
I gave it to my parents. I was just so horrified that they had actually gotten it and I kept apologizing to my mom because the whole week all she was doing was cooking for me, caring for me, telling me not to work so much. And now she had the coronavirus and my dad has really a pretty serious history of heart disease. I was horrified.
To this day, I haven’t really processed it. I don’t even allow myself to fully think it through cause I think that it’s just too much to unpack. It was a pretty horrible feeling to know that I’ve given this potentially fatal virus to my parents who are in that high risk group.
Emergency Department Visit
When did you decide to go to the ER?
On Sunday morning I told myself if there is no one waiting at the ER at Stanford, I’m going to go. And I called and they said there’s no one waiting. It was 6 in the morning. I drove myself over. I was very aware of the fact that I couldn’t breathe and it was worse than before. I was really timing how much I could take a breath in before I felt I was going to just cough it out because it was so much pressure.
It was three seconds. I couldn’t breathe in for more than three seconds. I originally was trying to stay calm. I remember thinking, I could die, right? This is so crazy. I’m 37. I don’t know why this is happening.
So I remember telling myself, okay, just come on, drive to the ER. I remember the whole time I was driving this car kept following me and I was wondering why they’re going to the ER. There was another guy with a mask and both of us came in for the same reasons. He looked like he was my age. This guy was also telling the security guard that he was traveling and he also felt he had caught a virus.
How did the hospital staff receive you?
They made us both wait for the nurse to come in. Both of us got checked in. They put me in this emergency room. I remember everyone on that floor were very old and they were all there for COVID.
I was thinking I’m the only young person here. Then the doctor came in and he looked very young. And he was pretty lax about it. He said I don’t think you have it. You just look well to me. You look fine, you look like a healthy person, you honestly don’t have COVID.
ER doctor did not want to give you a coronavirus test
He said anyone could have coronavirus, but the fact is we can’t just give swabs to people right now cause we don’t have enough. So the fact that you look fine, you’re young, you should just go home.
He’s like just quarantine yourself and just monitor your breathing. If it gets worse then come back. I’m like what kind of BS advice is this? You don’t understand.
My parents are positive. They did an X-ray and they already saw that my left side of my lungs is compromised. How can you just tell me to go home? My breathing is getting worse. He’s like, you look fine. I was like you’re just basing this on appearances – just being so frustrated.
They took your vitals and suggested sending you home
He was like, okay, we’ll do some vitals on you, check your oxygen levels, your blood pressure. Then they were like everything’s fine. You should just go home because actually you’re going to be way worse off here. There are people here who actually have coronavirus and you can get it. We want you out of here so you don’t get sick from something even worse.
He kept trying to convince me that I didn’t have it. I’m like, that’s so crazy. Cause if my parents have it and I told you I was traveling how could you possibly deny me even a test? So I was just feeling really frustrated.
My urgent care doctor, the one that I saw Friday who gave me a cell phone number, he’s kind of been a hero throughout all this to call me. He’s like, I think we should bring you back in and do some more labs. We’ll do the X-rays, run the labs again, we’ll see how it’s going. And then as soon as he hung up and after the ER nurse did all her stuff, that same ER doctor came back in and he’s like we’ll run some labs. Something changed his mind.
What tests did they give you?
He was like yeah, we’ll run some labs, we’ll do your blood work, we’ll do a full blood panel and we’ll do another X-ray .
The nurses had to put full protective gear on each time they entered your room
I noticed that every time the nurses came in they were wearing full hazmat suits. I don’t even know what you would call it, it’s called, if you really call it a hazmat suit, but a full body cover and goggle and mask.
Every time they came in they would suit up. It would take them minutes to suit up. And then as soon as they left, I saw they had a changing room with a window. They would take it off, throw it away, they throw away the goggles, they look like they are brand new. Threw everything away. The shoe covers.
Finally they came in and they did my X-ray.
You ended up getting two sets of X-rays taken
They came in and they’re like, actually what we see is that it’s on the right side of your lungs. I’m like that’s so interesting because earlier they said it was the left side.
They said maybe the doctor just saw it wrong, just got it wrong. He said left when you’re looking at the right.
Is it more likely that it just spread? They’re like well it’s possible, but it’s not likely. So they said let’s do another set of X-rays.
At this point, I’m thinking what the hell is going on? So they came back and they brought the X-ray machine to me. I didn’t even have to get up. They literally brought in this huge machine. They did another X-ray.
I waited another couple of hours and they came back. They said actually it’s spread to both sides [of your lungs] now. They said it so matter of fact and normal.
Both sides of my lungs now have what appeared to be ground glass is how they called it.
It was caused by pneumonia. So COVID can cause pneumonia in moderate to severe cases. And it turned out that I had a pretty moderate to severe case.
You had dealt with a lot of different medical opinions up to this point
This all happened on Sunday. It was just a lot of waiting around. People telling me:
– I don’t have anything
– I’ll give you labs.
– It’s on my left side [of my lungs]
– It’s on both sides
It was just so much back and forth. It felt nobody really knew it was going on and they’re almost in denial that I had it. It’s they didn’t want another case to deal with and they just, honestly at that point they hadn’t seen anyone really my age who had it and that really terrified me, personally.
The decision was to keep you for observation
COVID actually gave me pneumonia and it actually compromised my breathing. At that point, they’re like okay, we will give you a COVID swab. We’re going to keep you here and we’re going to check you in as an inpatient. So they kept me in the ER room for another four to six hours after.
They transferred me into what was called an observation room where they keep you, if they expect to observe you for just up to 48 hours.
They thought we’ll watch you for 48 hours, see if it gets worse. If it does, then we’ll keep you as an inpatient, in which case you go to a different room. But otherwise if you get better then you go home.
Describe the 48 hours in the observation room
A series of different doctors came by. They were very kind. The one on the first night told me that they’re responding to their patients who are there for COVID, as well. One of them was actually 37. The doctor told me that he was very, very sick for two days and then they gave him the clinical drug called remdesivir and then he got better and went home. He said, so you should be fine, you’re young.
Stanford has a lot of resources. It was a nice room. You have your own room, bathroom, shower, TV and you could call for food and they bring it to you anytime.
How was the healthcare staff – the doctors, the nurses?
Every nurse is different. Some nurses, they made me feel a human, they were telling me stories about their kids. They would come and chat with me and they ask how he’s feeling. they would just make jokes and I felt like, okay, I feel I can get through this.
Some nurses were like we’re not supposed to be in here for very long to minimize contact. If you want something, please ask for it all at once so we can just cluster it.
I realized that the reason why they were doing that was for a good reason – for their own safety, but also because they were trying to save the PPE personal protective gear. Because every time they came in they had a suit up. It was literally protective gear for their shoes, a full body suit, goggles. Every time that they left they would throw all of it away. Even if it was for a five minute temperature check and blood pressure check, they would throw it all away.
So I felt really bad. I tried not to call them very much. It was me in the room for pretty much most of the day, maybe someone coming in every six hours to give me Tylenol because my fever at that point was just raging. It was a raging, raging fever.
Describe your symptoms, including the fevers
I would be so freezing cold. They kept bringing me sheets that were just freshly pressed and hot and some nurses were so kind, they would wrap it up on your body. It felt so warm and immediately after it’d be sweating buckets.
It was so crazy. Also they saw from the blood panel that my liver was inflamed. So they wouldn’t give me Tylenol less than six hours apart because that would make my liver even more compromised. So on top of all that, there was this liver problem.
I was very horrified. I was like I don’t even care if my liver is compromised. I don’t want the fever to be affecting me the way it was because it was just the worst feeling. I really felt I was in hell because I had this fever that was just raging. My parents, I don’t even know what the hell was happening with them. I didn’t bring a charger. So I had no way of understanding what was going on in my family. Can’t talk to anyone. I didn’t even learn until much later that there was a landline that I could use.
All this time my breathing was getting worse. I was kind of timing it. When I drove to the hospital, I could do shallow breathing up to three seconds. Right at that 3 seconds was hard. It was all shallow breathing, but my oxygen level was still at 97%, which is what they wanted it to be.
It was all shallow breathing. I just couldn’t do any kind of deep breathing at all. And it was really scary, because I’ve had a panic attack before. The way that for people to kind of manage that is to do deep breathing. But I couldn’t even do that. I would turn on the TV, just try to lose myself and watch some stupid stuff they had on TV. I remember they were showing a whole day of programming on native Americans. It was very moving. I tried to draw myself out of my own misery and tried to think about, wow, there’s this whole history of people that suffered in this country because all these horrible decisions made by all these other people.
I was just trying to really think about lessons that can be learned, from that as well as the lessons that we’re learning now from COVID. There’s a lot of tie ins. I was just trying to think of a bigger picture and that really helped me to calm down.
Medical staff = heroes
There’s this one male nurse that came in and it wasn’t even clear who he was. He just came in because I think he could tell that I was freaking out. He geared up and he just came in and said, Hey, I just want to tell you, stop watching news and don’t panic and don’t even think too much about what the doctors tell you.
I know they told you you have ground glass in your lungs. It’s a little bit opaque and it’s compromised, you have diminished breathing because that’s what pneumonia does. There’s nothing permanent, right? You’re going to be fine. You’re young. It’s really if you’ve had a history of some kind of chronic illness that you’re actually going to be compromised.
That was the kindest thing anyone had ever done at that point. He was just telling me this to calm me down. One of many people throughout that have just been so kind to me, so many lessons about just how to manage during times like this.
I remember afterwards felt a lot better and then he gave this human touch when you were completely isolated for so long.
One doctor was so kind as well. He treated me like a human being. I was like, I’m sorry, I’m so sorry I’m exposing you to this. Are you scared about being around people like me? He said no, not at all. This is our job. you just need to stay strong. We’ll do the rest.
And he told me about how he was born at Stanford hospital and how it would work here since he was young. And I was just feeling so grateful. He was just telling these stories. I got really very emotional.
Clinical Drug Trial: Remdesivir
How did you end up on a clinical drug trial?
One evening someone came in and said there’s a clinical drug trial for something called remdesivir. It’s made locally by this company named Gilead. [The doctor told me] there’s some people who were very, very ill, very ill, who were on a respirator who took it and you saw these turnaround for them very quickly.
Of course it’s not risk-free. Everything has a risk. But I’m like, absolutely sign me up. And so at that point they say we’re going to give you an inpatient room because you’re going to be on a randomized either 5-, 10- or 15-day treatment.
How many other people were enrolled in the trial when you were on it?
They said enrolling 30 people at Stanford and about 600 worldwide in the clinical trial. Clinical trial aside, I think Stanford is just trying to make it more broadly available.
That’s when they officially gave you the coronavirus/COVID-19 test
They gave me a COVID swab, which if you haven’t gotten it, stay away. It is the worst feeling in the world. It feels like they’re putting an ice pick up your nose. They put it up both nostrils all the way up till it feels it’s hitting your brain and they pull it out and it just, it’s so painful.
How long did it take to get the coronavirus swab test results?
Long story short is they had actually wasted several tests on me because they took it and for some reason they got lost. They never got the results back. And so they’re like, okay, these are precious. We can’t waste them anymore. We just need to confirm that you actually have this cause until it’s confirmed we can’t give you a clinical trial.
And so they did a test, they accelerated the results and I got it back within something like six hours.
You moved rooms and met a new doctor for the trial
They moved me to a new room. It was a nice room, just you have your own bed, you have a bathroom and all that stuff.
I remember at this point there was a new doctor and she was just so competent, so kind. And also the infectious diseases doctor, the one who is administering the clinical trial, came in and talked to me every day. He would come in and just see how I was doing. He would shake my hand, his hands were gloved, but he would make close contact and tell me to grip harder when I had my strength back. And he was such a kind man.
How did he describe the trial?
It’s something you get with an IV. He said that there’s three randomized Groups A, B, or C where you either get a 5-day clinical trial of the drug or the second group would be 10 to 15 days. And the third group would be something where you just get their standardized care.
I was part of Group A and I got the 5-day trial drug and then he said that it’s not guaranteed to work first of all, but second of all, there’s nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, all those wonderful things were part of the side effects.
Describe the drug infusion
The clinical drug was administered once a day, it was a small packet of liquid that would be transferred in a half hour. They put the IV into my forearm. It could be anywhere, they were trying to find a good vein but for me that was the only place they could find. It would take 30 minutes to drip through. The impact I felt was almost immediate.
I remember after it had run its course, maybe 10 minutes after, my fever hit a very all time high. It was when I hit the 103. It was maybe a little bit above. I was hallucinating. I literally had this crazy dream, I don’t even know. It felt like it happened.
Describe the “crazy dream”
I had this dream, Jean-Claude Van Damme was literally killing the viruses. He was hand knifing them, splitting them open, doing the splits and kicking them. I was fighting alongside him. It was the craziest thing. And I remember one point, I was so hot, I was so exhausted. I’m like stop fighting! He’s like we have to keep fighting – there’s more of them!
At some point I kept calling the nurse and I kept pushing the button and they came in the room, I’m still pushing it. They’re like why are you doing that? I told them because was my fever was so high. And they realized okay, we need to give her some Tylenol because this is crazy. I said I didn’t have any Tylenol because it was affecting my liver.
Infection: Community spread
Home: Sacramento Area
1st Symptoms: Persistent headache (resistent to Tylenol + OTC medications), chest pains
COVID-19 Test: Not taken
Treatment: Tamiflu, OTC medications
Tina Baker’s Story Pt. 1 (Diagnosis & Treatment)
Infection: Work trip to London
Home: Palo Alto, CA
1st Symptoms: Sore throat, major fatigue
COVID-19 Test: Positive
Case: Moderate to severe
Treatment: Clinical Drug Trial (Remdesivir)
Status: Recovered, back to work (from home)
Tina Baker’s Story Pt. 2 (Recovery)
Infection: Work trip to London
Home: Palo Alto, CA
1st Symptoms: Sore throat, major fatigue
COVID-19 Test: Positive
Case: Moderate to severe
Treatment: Clinical Drug Trial (Remdesivir)
Status: Recovered, back to work (from home)