Lafayette Woman Shares Covid Story, Asks People to ‘Mask Up’
A Lafayette woman who spent 11 days at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital being treated for COVID-19 is sharing her story and asking people to "mask up".
Brandee Duhon is chronicling her COVID story on Facebook as best as she can and, in her latest update, "Day #30", she shares the first thing the doctors told her:
The first words from my doctor were, there is no cure, there is no treatment, we are just guessing. . - Brandee Duhon, Facebook
There is no cure. There is no treatment. We are just guessing. Can you imagine being told those words? I think that this is something that many people do not understand. Yes, coronaviruses have been around for many years. Yes, there are treatments for some coronaviruses, but THIS ONE IS NEW. It is different. It doesn't behave the same as the others. Doctors and scientists are still studying this thing to learn more about it so that effective treatments, cures, and/or vaccines can be developed. In the meantime, the hospital staff is just trying to keep you alive.
I had COVID-19, but my story is much different from Brandee's: I had severe flu-like symptoms for 5 days, and now I seem fine. But am I done with COVID-19? No one knows, yet. No one knows the lasting effects of the disease. Do I still have bits of coronavirus in my system that can rear their ugly heads again in the future? Has having COVID-19 caused damage to any of my other organs? Has my brain and/or nervous system been damaged? Only time will tell. I have an appointment with a pulmonologist to check on my lungs next week, as I have a pre-existing lung condition (he's just as interested in evaluating my lungs as I am in making certain they are healthy).
Brandee, in her story, shares her symptoms as they progress to a severe level. She also shares her fear:
Day 12 I woke up and I knew things had become serious. I had pneumonia with covid, or covid lungs as they say. The next 5 days were rough, scary and very painful. Fighting to breathe, extreme nausea, eyesight coming and going, every day added new unexpected hurdles. - Brandee Duhon, Facebook
She also made me promise I would scream it from the roof tops, and tell everyone, to wear a mask, don’t gather in groups and social distance - she is heartbroken by the suffering and death - yet she always wore a smile for me. - Brandee Duhon, Facebook