The family of a mother of four in Cleveland, Ohio, has used her experience with COVID-19 as a platform to educate others on warning signs of the virus as well as to emphasize the importance of following government sanitation and distancing protocols throughout the duration of the pandemic. Her family has spoken out to highlight the immense stress that this puts on families, as quarantine is the necessary precaution but brings about very difficult psychological and emotional benefits.
This mother of four is currently on a ventilator and is in a medically induced coma in a Cleveland hospital right now. Prior to the virus’ progression, Vansickle spoke to her niece who wanted her to use her experience to speak out about warning signs of the virus and to take it seriously. Like many feel, it can be very difficult to conceptualize the severity of this virus until it directly affects you or one of your loved ones. She has now been on the ventilator for 36 hours and is showing small signs of improvement, as she has been repositioned onto her stomach in an attempt to help reduce the stress on her body as she breathes.
Her niece has spoken out about the strain that this virus is putting on families, since as a safety precaution families are not able to visit their loved ones.
“Her husband is very upset because he can’t be by her side,” Vansickle said. “I can’t even imagine how that feels not to be by your significant other’s side at this time and not knowing what is going to happen.”
According to the CDC, symptoms can occur in a window from two days to two weeks after you are exposed. Initial symptoms can include shortness of breath, a cough, and a sudden fever. Emergency symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain in the chest and tightness, and bluish lips or face. With new developments every day, it is important to pay close attention to your body and temperature, and seek medical attention if you suspect that anything is wrong. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Let’s also be mindful of the immense stress put on families who are affected by the virus. The emotional and psychological damages that this virus brings are just as worthy of attention as the physical dangers. If you are quarantining with your loved ones, remember to cherish this time together, and look out for each other if you suspect that anything may be wrong. At the same time, if you expect that you have been exposed, please self isolate and do your part in preventing the spread of COVID-19!
Sadly stories like this are becoming too common, here is another story of a man suffering from his symptoms as well:
“For all those who have asked the question “Does anyone even know anybody that has gotten the coronavirus?”, if you know me, you do now. ”