Iván López, 23, was an incredulous, as he assured that the covid-19 “is only mental” and now that he suffers from the disease in its serious form, for which he has prayed for all those who are in the same situation.
The taxi driver married to Karina since he was 17 years old, and father of a minor under six years old, has severe hypoxemia, saturated less than 80 percent of oxygen in the blood and with the support of a tank reaches a maximum of 90 to 92; also vomits constantly despite eating some fruits because his body, extremely fatigued, does not accept more food. Feel like drowning.
On July 21, according to his mother María S. Blas, 52, he began to have symptoms of extreme fatigue, pain in the chest, all over his body, especially in the head.
“Son, go to the doctor, isn’t it going to be covid?” Maria suggested to her son, but Iván replied that “that wasn’t it”; but nevertheless, The young man went to a health center on July 23, together with his wife, where he was positive and she was negative..
Iván lives with his in-laws in a very small house where his wife’s father, a minor under two years old and other relatives also have covid-19. For this reason, María decided to prepare her house, take her son, with the whole family, even with the pet, and isolate him. On Friday he ate well. In hours it got worse.
On Saturday and Sunday, Maria recalled, the symptoms were exacerbated. Iván had a constant fever of 38.5 degrees and did everything he could to avoid shooting himself at 40 degrees; he began to cough and vomit frequently despite the little food he had eaten. His face became extremely pale and he could no longer even move, without complaining of the pain, to go to the bathroom that is next to him.
“It started saturating 79, then it went up to 80, sometimes it stayed at 84. The fever and vomiting continued. I spoke with a doctor and he recommended admitting him or trying to control him at home, using oxygen and channel it with serum, “said María, whose sister is a nurse and did the entire procedure under surveillance.
The oxygen tank was already in the family since the first waves of the pandemic and now it is Ivan’s turn to use it. They gave it to him half full. The recommendation is to oxygenate it with five liters per minute, from two to six in the morning, that is, four hours, achieving a maximum of 92 percent saturation. Still low, the normal or recommended is 93 percent.
A tank that, in the highest times of the past pandemic, cost 10 thousand 500 pesos to María, a woman who in her town learned to count by dividing the lemons from the harvest and who ate meat when she was lucky enough to In a storm, a cow fell off the cliff near his home, in his hometown of Veracruz.
“I asked the doctor why so much vomiting and he only told me: don’t worry, it’s normal, I’ll stop the vomiting. In fact yesterday the fever and vomiting stopped (a medicine was channeled through the intravenous and serum placed by the aunt) “.
María already has a complete scheme of the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine And he is aware that it can be infected even when he has taken extreme hygiene at home by his grandson and another of his children, Armando, 15 years old, “I hope I am not contagious, but I am aware that I can get sick.”
“My son, sadly, he believed that covid-19 was only in his mind, and that nothing was ever going to happen to him. He is not obese, he does not smoke or drink alcohol, he does not have chronic diseases of adults (of the first waves), although his diet is quite deficient because he eats junk food, without any type of nutrients and therefore has uric acid at his young age (soft drinks, red meat, cold cuts, pizzas) and fatty liver “.
His son, in addition, I used the mask only for protocol, to drive the taxi, but many times it did not have the necessary hygiene, nor was it obtained from meetings. His job as a taxi driver is also high risk, explained María, because he receives all kinds of people with whom he exchanges money in the car.
“I constantly told him to wash his hands, use gel, put on the mask, not to come to see me if it was not well covered. I understand that my son made many mistakes, but I also told him: son, I’m not going to die. allow. I’ll do everything in my power. “
At the moment he has not had problems filling the oxygen tank, but he is concerned that the previous shortage may occur, “I saw my son desperate for not being able to breathe, Mom told me, take me to the doctor, what they are working for is not working. giving. I’m not leaving you. ”
“He began to despair, he could not breathe, he feels like something is stuck in his windpipe) and he was short of air. That was related to oxygenation, his chest and back still hurt too much, he can’t bear the pain. tank goes alone to the bathroom and if he gets tired but can move around a bit.
“It does not tell me anything that now they believe covid-19, but suddenly he publishes things like: I hope to get out of this or that God help us who are going through this and heal us. That never did. “
As his wife and mother are taking care of Iván, both agreed to undergo tests, according to the doctor’s instructions, and if any of them come out positive, immediately isolate themselves to avoid infecting the children.
They will not admit Iván because they fear they will intubate him. They will only do it if it is very necessary and you cannot get ahead.