IamA I almost died from the swine flu in 2016 - 2 year update AMA!
My short bio: In 2016 I almost died from the swine flu. It started April 4th, after my moms birthday. I got a bad headache, took a motrin and went to college. When I got home, I suddenly got the chills, and declined from there. On April 6th, with a 104.5 fever, my brother and I decide to go to the hospital. I stay over night and everything was fine, but mid- morning the next day I suddenly couldn't breathe. 15 minutes later a bunch of doctors and nurses with bags full of tubing and needles come in and one doctor tells me they dont know what's going on but my lungs are failing so there going to induce a coma.
It's been 2 years since then. That fall after I got sick, I went back to college, but I noticed when I'd go up a flight of stairs my heart rate would go up to 120bpm. I just thought it was because I was out overweight. well fast forward to may of this year, and after having a cold, my blood oxygen suddenly started dropping and it was hard to breath so I called an ambulance. When I got to the hospital my blood oxygen was down to 77%, and normal oxygen wasnt working so they gave me a bypap machine and they kept me for four days(one day in the ICU). The pulmonologist said there was liquid around my lungs, so they gave me lasex, and everything got better, except my heart rate. Now my heart rate is constantly around 115 bpm and when I walk it spikes up to 130-140bpm. I did a follow up with a pulmonologist and after studying my case for almost an hour he concluded that my lungs are severely damaged from the ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome), from when I got sick, and that my lungs had almost "no line of defence left". He said that he wanted me to get test done and that from here on out when I get sick in going to have to be treated aggressively like I'm a stage 4 COPD patient. The high heart rate is due to the lungs not working to their full capacity. He said that I can no longer exercise like a normal person can. I have a follow up with the pulmonologist at the end of July to see what the next steps are. That's where I am. Ask Away