Medical Attention Like I’ve Never Seen: The 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic

I knew I needed prednisone. Shortness of breath, wheezing, fatigue, heavy chest, body aches, phlegm. Just some of what is so familiar. I knew I needed prednisone.

To the emergency room

When I called the doctor’s office to see what I needed to do, I was told to go to the emergency department at the hospital. When I arrived, I pushed the buzzer. They said a nurse would have a mask put on me before I could go through the second set of doors. They told my husband if he was my PO, then he would have to go inside. We all laughed at that. He’s a retired law enforcement officer and is usually thought of as a police officer. Knowing that he was my spouse, he was told he couldn’t go through them and would have to go back to the car.

People and tests

The nurse was the first of a few people that I spoke with. After the nurse, I met with the PA, who is a physician's assistant. Because of respiratory illness and because of my lungs, I then went to have chest X-rays. Then they came in to draw blood. The PA was back again in a gown and was wearing two masks. She swabbed the inside of my nose and mouth. Then said she would be back when she received tests.

A COPD exacerbation for sure

She said it looked like a COPD exacerbation for sure. She would write me an order for prednisone and asked me to wait some more. Then I got the bing bing telling me that I was getting test results. Mmm, “what is my password to my hospital web chart?” The PA came in and we shared a chuckle that I was trying to get the results before she came in. The chest X-ray was ok. Some of the blood was also in. She said the rest of the tests might be a few days. As expected, test results came in as they were supposed to and I only needed prednisone.

It's real

As my husband might say “that evil med”. I can almost hear him say that. That 'can't sleep, will sweat' medication. Everyone and every channel talks about COVID 19. It's important to remember that there are other things and other health issues that we may need to cope with. Yes, COVID 19 is the big monster, a worldly one at that. There might not be symptoms, which is why it’s so important to allow your doctor, hospital, etc. to run their tests.

You might not want them done because you don’t need them. I didn’t think I did either, with my results I didn’t. However, what if I didn’t get tested, yet had the disease. What if I shared it with someone else? That’s the big thing. What if that person shared with others. I don’t want to think about what could happen. It’s real.

Important and uplifting

Instead of focusing on everything going wrong, we need to find and share little pick me ups. There are some things going around on Facebook that can empower people. Share 'getting to know you's' or even hugs and messages. To me, it’s so important and uplifting. My health depends on me having a happy place to visit every so often, a place to uplift others as well.

We do however need to pay attention to what’s going on in the COPD and lung world. We need to pay attention to our overall health - the world's as well. Maybe you are here because your COPD world is your loved one's disease. COPD is often thought of as a family disease. They experience COPD as a support person, someone who cares, someone who knows us; someone who has their own emotions, possibly chronic illness or more. Our family members likely fear the 2020 Pandemic Covid-19 as well. If you or your loved ones have any questions or would like to discuss anything, you are welcome to do so here or in our COPD community.

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