COVID-19 survivors’ tales | Elderly survivors from Kerala recall their long struggle with the unforgiving virus
People ought to act responsibly and observe protocols strictly, says 83-year-old Shamsudeen; Thankamma, 88, says it was like a nightmare with ones eyes vast open.
Last 12 months, throughout the COVID-19 outbreak in Kerala, 83-year-old P.O. Shamsudeen, resident of Pattayam panchayat, was shortly moved to the hospital after he examined constructive for the an infection.
The octogenarian contracted the virus from his grandchildren who had returned from Dubai. Besides his age, what bothered the household and the hospital authorities was that he had already undergone two open-heart surgical procedures and had been operated upon for prostate. There was whole panic in the household, as not simply him, however 10 others in the household have been additionally affected by the sickness.
Mr. Shamsudeen mentioned the time period ‘COVID-19’ was nonetheless new and it had already created a chaos after it hit China and plenty of nations, killing a number of folks.
He recalled that he needed to keep in the ICU for 47 days earlier than being declared out of hazard. “I could survive the virus due to the care and attention given by the State and the hospital authorities at the Kannur Medical College hospital,” he mentioned. “The suffering and trauma that the disease brings can severely affect the patients and family members. Besides, they can also become a carrier of the disease. Hence people should act responsibly and follow COVID-19 protocols strictly.”
Today, Mr. Shamsudeen is busy creating consciousness about the illness via social media and by speaking to folks, particularly migrant employees.
The an infection, nevertheless, left Thankamma. G, an 88-year-old girl from Vazhappally in Kottayam, bodily and mentally drained. She suffered from fever, physique ache, shortness of breath and lack of odor and style. Safely again dwelling after therapy at the General hospital in Changanassery, her well being has nonetheless not returned to regular.
“It was like a nightmare with your eyes wide open as I was unable to take food for nearly four days. I eventually fell unconscious and was given glucose infusion for the next three days,” she recalled.
She says it’s the help of her household that gave her braveness to maintain going. But whilst she has come to phrases with the enormity of the disaster she confronted, Ms. Thankamma is now witnessing the struggling and the shock of her members of the family who’re additionally on the highway to restoration from the an infection.
T.S. Yohannan, a 72-year-old farmer from Kandanad in the suburbs of Kochi, was already battling most cancers, when COVID-19 struck him this 12 months. He gained the battle and regained his well being, however his spouse has now examined constructive for the illness.
“I tested positive when I visited the Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, for treatment. After being advised a surgery, I returned to Ernakulam and got myself admitted to a private hospital. By then, my wife, who was already vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19, even as I tested negative.”
“Both of us are now at home, my wife under quarantine. I feel the disease can be avoided if one adheres to the protocol, sticks to hygiene, eats good food and adopts a healthy lifestyle, while being confined home. One needs to rely on hospitals only if oxygen levels dip,” says Mr. Yohannan, who additionally runs a ration dealership.