I contracted the 2009 strand of the H1N1 flu, almost died and lived to tell about. AMA
My short bio: I am normal 26 year old, living a normal life. I was in college, had a part time job and was excited to finally start journey to become a clinical psychologist. I started college late in my 20's, but finally found my calling. I was in my second semester of college, spring semester 2016, when , on April 7th, out of nowhere, I got really sick. I suddenly had the chills, horribly, and a high fever. I took ibuprofen, and I felt a little better, until the next morning when I had a horrible headache and started coughing. I checked my temperature and had a 102 fever, which I had years before, so I figured I could shake it; I was wrong. The next day I had a 104.5 fever, and I was extremely out of it. I decided it was time to go to the hospital. After a day in the hospital, I called my mom to talk about the food menu (I have never stayed the night in a hospital) and how I was. When I got off the phone, they gave me a nebulizer for my breathing; which didn't help at all. I started having a little trouble breathing, which went down hill fast. I started gasping for breathing, and called the nurse. She came in and immediately said she was going to get the doctor. I started freaking out, as minutes flew by and my breathing was getting worse. A nurse came in and stayed with me to help with my anxiety. After 15 minutes, 10 people came in, consisting of doctors and nurses. The doctor told me he was going to induce a coma, which I was ok with. They entered the needle and that's all I remember.
this next part I have no recollection of, but was told this from doctors and my family
My lungs had completely shut down and the ventilator didn't work, so a nurse had to pump oxygen into my lungs for 5 hours. They had to do an emergency tracheotomy, also. The doctor told my mom I needed and ECMO machine, which was an external lung machine that pumped my blood out of my body, added oxygen and pumped it back into my body. The only thing was, the only ECMO machine was in Penn Presbyterian, in Philadelphia; luckily, because of advancements in the ECMO, the hospital had a portable machine. The doctor flew over, with the ecmo machine and had to hook it up himself, for he was the only person qualified. After they hooked it up they flew me over to Penn; and I stayed there the remainder of the time. Through out the rest of the time it was aback and forth struggle for my survival.
I woke up a month and half later; which seemed like the next day for me. I was released from the hospital after a week and sent to a rehab to strengthen my leg muscles so I could walk again. The doctor, in the first hospital I was in, called my mom and asked if he could present my case to the Department of Medicine, to show how effective the ECMO machine is and how more hospitals should have it. He told me that my case was when the Swine flu goes horribly wrong.
I have made a full recovery, with a minor heart complication, which is getting resolved.
In the hospital before I was flown over to Penn -http://imgur.com/yMQKTMy
When I was in the rehab - http://imgur.com/0V6hgos
This is me now - http://imgur.com/wHh2FTp