COVID-19: The staff at Brockton Hospital saved my life.
Friday, September 25, 2020
COVID-19 came on quick. I was feeling completely fine one day and then the next day I felt way off. I had a fever, chills and tightness in my chest. I went to a local hospital and they sent me back home. Then I got worse, so my wife called an ambulance to take me to Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. I didn’t see my family again for 28 days.
I couldn’t use my phone to talk to my wife much while in the hospital. The staff did a great job updating her along the way. I ended up in the Critical Care Unit and the doctors told my wife I could go either way. I was as close to death as I was to life, but they knew the measures to take.
They put me in a plastic tent for treatment and to limit exposure. The tent was brutal. I was cut off from everyone else. I didn’t have family around me for support, but staff did what they could to make me feel like I wasn’t alone. Staff would lift the bag to talk to me to make it more personable. Some nurses held my hand. Staff from Respiratory would come and find me when I moved floors to visit me even when they weren’t treating me.
I had no underlying health issues, never smoked and never broke a bone. I’m a normal guy. There is no rhyme or reason to this virus, but I wouldn’t wish what I had on an enemy. I think the smaller hospitals don’t get enough acknowledgement for what they do to help patients. I don’t think I would have gotten the same quality of care if I didn’t go to Brockton Hospital. I was not ready to leave this Earth because of COVID-19. I have a lot of things that I love. I thank the hospital staff for saving my life.