*Written by a nurse who works with ventilators
For those people who don't understand what it means to be on a ventilator and want to take the chance of going back to work, walk into crowded places such as malls or public transportation vehicles.
For starters, a ventilator is NOT an oxygen mask put over the mouth while the patient comfortably lies down and reads magazines.
Ventilation for Covid-19 is a painful intubation that goes down your throat and stays there until you live or die. It is done under anesthesia for 2 to 3 weeks without moving, often upside down, with a tube inserted from the mouth up to the trachea and allows you to breathe to the rhythm of the lung machine.
The patient can't talk or eat, or do anything naturally; the machine keeps you alive. The discomfort and pain felt from this means that medical experts have to administer sedatives and painkillers to ensure tube tolerance for as long as the machine is needed. It's like being in an artificial coma.
After 20 days from this treatment, a young patient loses 40% muscle mass, and gets mouth or vocal cords trauma, as well as possible pulmonary or heart complications.
It is for this reason that elderly &/or already weak people can't withstand the treatment and die. Many of us are in this boat...so stay safe unless you want to take the chance of ending up here. This is NOT the flu.
Additionally, a tube is put into your stomach, either through your nose or skin to administer liquid food, a sticky bag around your butt to collect the diarrhea, a Foley to collect urine, an IV for fluids and medicines, an A-line to monitor your BP, which is completely dependent upon finely-calculated medical doses, teams of nurses & auxiliary staff to reposition your limbs every two hours, and lying on a mat that circulates ice cold fluid to help bring down your skyrocketing temperature. Hence, I request all my senior citizen family and friends, PLEASE, do not go out!