A nurse fighting the coronavirus has revealed how she begged medical staff to “don’t let me die” for the sake of her children – written in a journal from her hospital bed.
12-year-old nurse Kelly Ward, 35, started coughing on a hospital crew and now remains seriously ill at Bradford Royal Infirmary in West Yorkshire.
The mother of two writes in her journal, My Covid Journey, how she suddenly became ‘very weak’ and drove home ‘red-hot’ on April 19, after an extra weekend shift, and went to bed the rest of the night day and night.
She said, “I was literally sweating and froze my way through the night while working on the temporary workers, etc. And felt really short of breath”, Sun revealed.
Mrs. Ward from Shipley, West Yorkshire, had a Covid-19 test and was hospitalized with the help of fiancé Ryan Golding, 34.
Healthcare personnel gave Ms. Ward oxygen and took her to the A&E Department for high dependence on cardiac monitoring and then to a ward.
12-year-old nurse Kelly Ward, 35, started coughing on a hospital crew and now remains seriously ill at Bradford Royal Infirmary in West Yorkshire
She said she had been seen by the medical team trying to put her on a CPAP machine to help her breathe – “and they wanted to do it NOW”
She revealed, “I had lost all flavor and appetite, felt so dry from the oxygen I was using, and I didn’t know if I could even move.
“I finally fell asleep, but not for long, dripped with sweat and woke up with a shock and panicked, really panicked.”
Ms. Ward received a CT scan on April 21 and an intensive care consultant asked if she would participate in a clinical trial of medications that could help coronavirus patients.
She said she was seen later that night by the medical team who wanted to put her on a CPAP device to help her breathe – “and they wanted to do it NOW.”
Mrs. Ward panicked and thought about how she hadn’t seen her children, her family or friends, and was worried about what would happen if it didn’t work.
She described that she had been given the mask as if she had pressed someone over her nose and mouth while her head was out of an airplane window, adding that she didn’t think she could take it and panicked, and she told the nurses to finish it off. to do.
Mrs. Ward writes, “I knew one of them; we worked together before and I said to her, “Don’t let me die.” ‘
In her last update, on April 28, Ms. Ward said the advisor thinks she “turned a corner” and was “convinced” she is “the worst”
Her condition appeared to be improving and then ate for the first time in three days on Wednesday – but was back on CPAP within four days and says she has become weaker and unable to get out of bed.
She saw the consultant in the intensive care unit on Sunday and had “frank” discussions that she said she didn’t need to have.
Mrs. Ward told him not to let her die, and he promised that he would provide everything to help her.
“We came to a conclusion – the consultant offered another version of ventilation that will hopefully give me my lungs what they need in terms of pressure and I will have to bend as much as possible,” she wrote.
“Obviously, I will do everything I can to beat this, because my babies need me, so of course I agreed to continue and have been on it for about four hours now and will be closely monitored.
Ms. Ward revealed: “I had lost all taste and appetite, felt so dry from the oxygen I was using and I didn’t know if I could even move”
“It’s going to be a long way, but I’m going to win this battle.
“Please stay safe and stay at home.”
In her latest update, on April 28, Ms. Ward said the advisor thinks she “turned around a bit” and was “convinced” she is “the worst.”
“Last week I prepared my goodbyes for my family, my children and my friends. At the age of 35, ‘she writes.
“It really got home. So hard.
“I’m on a ventilator here, and although things are moving in the right direction, I am far from the HDU and the help I need.
“The staff here at Bradford Royal, from the consultants to nurses, to HCAS and the physical therapists really saved my life.
“I am a frontline worker, but I am a mother and a partner and I have to fight with this. Not only physically, but also mentally.
“I don’t want sympathy, I want to create so much awareness that this horrible disease can really hit ANYONE at any time, so please, please stay at home.”