A COVID patient in her 20s has described her traumatic life on a coronavirus ward, surrounded by “gasping patients and crying nurses.”
Alexandra Adams, a fourth-year medical student, was being treated for an underlying health condition in a Welsh hospital for seven months.
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Alexandra Adams has described her harrowing experience in a Covid ward
She has been blogging about her medical studies and her stay in hospital
She has shared her harrowing experience after testing positive for the virus the day before New Year’s Eve.
Under the immense pressure, staff at the University Hospital of Wales are having to deal with gasping patients surrounded by alarms that won’t stop going off.
Writing from her hospital bed, Alexandra, who is the UK’s first deaf-blind medical student, says: “It’s crazy here, and I’m not even talking about the shop floor.
“I’m a medical student and have been ill in hospital for seven months, but now I’m on ‘the Covid ward’ (after testing positive just before New Year’s Eve), though most wards in the hospital are now Covid wards.
“We’re all gasping, barking, grunting, and the machines won’t stop alarming at our ‘low sats’ [saturation levels].
“Staffing is so unbelievably stretched here – we’ve had agency nurses the past few nights because they are so short.
“Myself and a patient in their 80’s cried over the noise one night. It was unbearable.
“One night was so busy that I was left chilling in bed sheets of vomit and urine, where my catheter had leaked, and I had aspirated, for three hours before I was changed.
Alexandra is a fourth year medical student
“The bone pain that comes with Covid is horrific (on top of my pre-existing Ehlers Danlos and dislocating joints) so I need to be turned regularly, but some nights there’s only been one nurse and one healthcare assistant to a whole Covid ward, so we all have to wait.”
She added that she wished she wasn’t a patient “needing so much help and care” because the NHS carers are so overworked.
Reliving the horrors, she added: “One day, I spilt boiling hot coffee all on me and the bed, but I couldn’t reach the call bell.
“It had gone all over me and in the bed, down my torso and legs, and into my pants too, but I couldn’t move and I couldn’t reach the call bell.
“All I could do was shout out ‘Hot! Hot!’ but nobody heard me. It was 30 minutes before a member of staff was able to help.
“The nurse in charge eventually came and apologised, before bursting into tears to me, saying this shouldn’t be and it isn’t what being a nurse is all about. People are dying, yet staff are suffering.”
Alexandra, who celebrated her 27th birthday in hospital at the end of January, has been blogging about her medical studies and her stay in hospital.
LIFE & DEATH
She added that coronavirus has hit her “hard” and it is something that she wouldn’t wish on her worst enemies.
Alexandra said: “I’m young, in my 20’s, and this virus has utterly wrecked me – and yet it’s breaking me to hear of all the anti-Covid protests by those who are so blind to it out there. What has this world come to?
“Covid has hit me hard. Really, awfully hard. Xmas and New Year turned very, very grim – something I‘d never wish upon the worst of enemies.
“Beyond everything, the Covid-19 pandemic has not only taught me to be grateful for every little thing I do have, but also to be forgiving, in a time where we are met with nothing but incredibly unforgiving circumstances.”
She added that one positive that has come from the pandemic is the “commitment, love and selflessness” she’s encountered with NHS workers.
Coronavirus deaths have plunged 28 per cent in a week with 445 fatalities reported yesterday
Another 10,406 cases were recorded, bringing the total to 4,105,675.
The rise in fatalities brings the total number since the beginning of the pandemic to 120,365.
It is smaller than the 621 deaths recorded last Saturday, and nearly half the figure of 828 reported on February 6.
She has shared her harrowing experience after testing positive for the virus the day before New Year’s Eve