Most people think that the illness ravaging the world right now only affects older people, in poor health. However, Quawn James is evidence that this is not always the case.
James is a 29-year-old nurse practitioner, who has a love for fitness. When he is not working he can be seen playing flag football, or in the gym working on his bodybuilding skills. For all intents and purposes, he is a healthy young man who lives a good lifestyle.
That is why it came as a complete shock when it was revealed that Quawn James had been diagnosed with coronavirus. In a lengthy Facebook post, he shared a picture of himself in the hospital, ventilator attached and told his crazy story. He explained how he went from having what he thought was a slight cold, to being in the hospital, on what felt like his deathbed.
“Not many of you know but since March 6th, I have been sick. Before that I hadn’t even had a cough in 8 years. At first I thought it was just a common cold, just a runny nose, fatigue, body aches. So I did what’s common, took claritin, mucinex and a Zpak. I started to get a little better then March 14th I developed a 104 fever, shortness of breath, body aches, fatigue, night sweats and tremors, and coughing up sputum. So I went to the ER, there I was diagnosed with Coronavirus, viral pneumonia, cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart with 40% ejection fraction), and could no longer breath on my own, hence intubation as you are here. It took 4 days to get my fever down.
I won’t go into how bad my experience was at the hospital but I will tell you that there was a time where I didn’t think I was going to make it. As you can see here, I’m awake and intubated because everything that they used to try and sedate me dropped my heartrate very very low, so I could see and feel that tube in my throat which was painful. One medication they tried to sedate me caused hallucination. So being that I was awake I decided to take a picture so that I could share my story to everyone.
Yall this disease is real. It took a completely healthy person like me to the ICU and I was almost transferred out because of how bad I was. So please take care of yourself, wash your hands, practice social distancing. Just because we are young doesn’t mean you will have no symptoms. Look at what it did to me.
NOW….I am out of the hospital, my heart went back to it’s normal size, no fever, been able to walk long distances without getting short of breath. I’m just still battling no appetite and not talking due to tube damage but it’s getting better.
All in all, I’m happy to be alive and thankful for all the thoughts and prayers from friends and family. I am truly thankful for all of you. Now I had a minor setback but I’m going to have a major comeback!!”
PLEASE READ AND SHARE…Not many of you know but since March 6th, I have been sick. Before that I hadn’t even had a…Posted by Quawn James on Friday, March 27, 2020
PLEASE READ AND SHARE…Not many of you know but since March 6th, I have been sick. Before that I hadn't even had a…
It is amazing to see that after all of that, Quawn James was able to recover. It sounds like it was an extremely terrifying experience. Hopefully, this goes to show that this is a very serious issue that we should all be cautious of, regardless of your age or present health condition.