A doctor shared a video about how a coronavirus cough may sound in a child after her four-year-old son was hospitalized last month, despite the family quarantining before Colorado decided to close.
Anna Zimmerman posted a clip of little boy Lincoln who was hooked up to tubes and had trouble breathing on his fifth day in a medical facility and revealed the heartbreak of seeing him in pain.
She wrote on her blog that it was heartbreaking to hear him say, “Mommy, this is not worth it. Mama, when is this going to stop? Mommy, I don’t feel very well. Mommy, it’s no use. Mommy, I’m not going home. ‘
Lincoln has since recovered, but Zimmerman has warned parents to take COVID-19 seriously.
Anna Zimmerman posted a clip of little boy Lincoln who was having trouble breathing in a Colorado medical facility earlier this month on his fifth day
He first started sneezing on March 21, and by March 30 he needed increasing support and oxygen and was hospitalized, his mother writes on her blog
‘As a doctor, I followed the outbreak of COVID-19 in China and Italy closely. Although there was no state or federal mandate, we took our children out of Jiujitsu early and gave them swimming lessons because we thought this virus was dangerous before many people started taking it seriously, “the mother explained. Mighty Littles.
“The kids stayed in kindergarten and kindergarten and their last day of school was March 12.”
The state of Colorado closed schools on March 16.
Zimmerman said her kids never went on a play date and they wouldn’t even let them go down the street to talk to their neighborhood friends.
“We adopted the recommendations for those staying at home early and kept to them. We did everything right, ‘she writes in the blog.
However, on March 21, Lincoln began to show signs of coronavirus.
“Lincoln sneezed a few times, I thought they were allergies. The next day he got a stuffy nose and a mild cough. He didn’t have a fever and I wasn’t super worried, I assumed he had a cold, “she explained.
LINCOLN’S CORONAVIRUS DIARY
12 March: Lincoln’s last day of school and quarantine begins.
March 16: Colorado State closes schools
21 March: Lincoln starts to sneeze has a stuffy nose and a slight cough. His mother left the house once to go to Target, and his father left once since March 12 to go to Costco.
27 March: Lincoln had a high fever of 104.5
28th of March: Lincoln goes to the doctor and is diagnosed with pneumonia after a viral illness. They start with antibiotics and oxygen at home.
30 March: Lincoln needs more support and oxygen and will be hospitalized.
He needs 2 liters of oxygen and 4 liters by that night.
March 31st: He needs 6 liters of oxygen, then 9 liters. He develops seesaw breathing, flaring of the nose, growling, retracting, tachypnea and needs to use muscles in his chest, abdomen and neck to help him breathe
His labs and X-rays don’t look like Coronavirus, but he tested positive that evening.
April 4: Hospital Day 6. He starts to eat better, IV fluids are turned off and he has less than 1 liter of power.
On March 27, he developed a fever – high fever to 104.5. He looked miserable and pathetic. I started to worry. We first saw the pediatrician on March 28 in the morning, were diagnosed with pneumonia (completely reasonable) after a viral illness, and were given oral antibiotics and oxygen at home for the next 48 hours. ‘
Zimmerman said that Lincoln had moments when he looked “completely right” and other times when he looked sick.
On March 30, he needed increasing support and oxygen and was hospitalized, his mother writes.
But she was still not convinced that he had coronavirus, because after March 12, only Zimmerman and her husband left the property. He went to Costco once and she once to Target.
“I knew I walked into the hospital that we would be there for a few days – I thought three, maybe four. I knew he would be placed on a ‘COVID lockout’ – where they treat him as if he has it until the test comes back negative, ‘the doctor wrote online. “And because I’m familiar with the hospital policy on COVID, I knew I wouldn’t be able to leave his room until his tests were negative.”
From getting 2 liters of oxygen from his first day in medical care to taking 9 liters the next night, Zimmerman became increasingly anxious and described watching her son with pain as “pain.”
“He worked so hard to breathe – he used all the muscles in his chest, stomach and neck to help him breathe,” Zimmerman wrote. “The medical terms used to describe breathlessness – see-breath, nasal flaring, growling, retracting, tachypnea – he had them all.”
Zimmerman said that while his labs and X-rays didn’t look like coronavirus, the doctor confirmed on his second night in the hospital that he had COVID-19.
The mother cried on hearing the news and did not understand how the child got sick despite the family being so careful.
His timeline didn’t fit. His labs didn’t fit. His X-ray did not fit. We took every precaution, “she explained.
“I did everything right. I had to protect my family and it failed. ‘
Zimmerman was also concerned that the rest of her family could get sick and found it difficult to be apart while isolated in the hospital room with Lincoln.
She struggled to have no contact with him and saw him refuse to eat due to lack of appetite.
At one point he had a whopping 9 liters of oxygen a day and he said to her, “Mama, this is not worth it. Mommy, I’m not going home ‘
Zimmerman wrote, “The medical terms used to describe breathlessness – binge breathing, flaring of the nose, growling, retracting, tachypnea – he had them.”
“I can’t even bribe him to eat chocolate pudding or chocolate milk or chocolate ice cream – and this is my child who asks me first thing in the morning,” Mommy, are you hiding chocolate from me? ” almost every morning, ”she joked on the blog.
By the time she shared the video of his dry cough, Lincoln was hospitalized for five days on April 4 and started eating small amounts. His oxygen had been reduced to 4 liters, but he still had ‘the WORST cough ever’.
“He’s coughing up phlegm and looking totally hungry. His saturations will drop and his heart rate will rise, “Zimmerman said.
She described him as dormant 16 hours a day with 30-minute bursts of cheerfulness.
She added of her isolation, “Did I mention I don’t have a shower ???”
Zimmerman said friends and neighbors deposited food and body tissues.
While encouraging others to reach out to people who might be in need, the mom said Lincoln did much better on day 6 in the hospital. He ran out of IV fluids and only 1 liter of oxygen.
“No one blamed us or shamed us because our son tested positive,” she said of the support. “I hope this sense of community will continue after we return to our daily lives after COVID.
“Please stay safe. Please stay healthy. Please take this virus seriously – it’s no joke. ‘
“He’s coughing up phlegm and looking totally hungry. His saturations will drop and his heart rate will rise, ‘Zimmerman told her blog
“See my little son again”: Lincoln is in hospital on the fifth day this month