A ‘fit’ Sydney mum infected with COVID has detailed her battle with the virus “hell” in a series of heartbreaking posts.
Melissa Green was admitted to hospital on 19 July when her oxygen levels dropped.
She said she and her partner Dion were both “fit and healthy” when they were struck down with the potentially deadly virus which also infected their three-year-old daughter Lola.
In a series of posts to Facebook, which Melissa gave 7NEWS.com.au permission to share, Melissa said the family had been “shocked” to receive positive results for COVID as they had been “careful and vigilant”.
While initially she said the family were “all OK”, aside from Dion losing his sense of smell and taste, things soon took a turn for the worse.
Melissa Green, from Maroubra, was admitted to hospital on 19 July when her oxygen levels dropped. Credit: Supplied
Just a day later, fingertip oxygen monitors showed Melissa’s oxygen level was “lower than it should be” and her heart rate a little high.
“Nothing to worry about, just body aches chills and headaches,” the mum wrote at the time.
“Dion is just feeling really fatigued like he has run a marathon but just been in bed. We will get through this,” she concluded.
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‘This has been a total shock’
But within 48 hours Dion had been taken to Emergency suffering from “severe chest pains” and “difficulty breathing”.
“He is one of the strongest and fittest people I know so this has been a total shock,” Melissa wrote on July 18.
A day later, while Dion was well enough to return home, Melissa’s plummeting oxygen levels saw her taken to Emergency also.
Sharing a heartbreaking image of herself in a hospital bed with a tube in her nose on July 20, Melissa said she was still dealing with temperature spikes and low oxygen levels.
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‘Please take this seriously’
“Vaccinate or not it’s everyone’s choice. But if you think our hospital system can deal with the virus by opening up, you have another thing coming,” Melissa wrote.
“This variant is attacking the young, old, fit and healthy as well as those with health issues. Please take this seriously.”
24 hours later, Melissa was still in hospital and facing her “hardest day yet”.
Melissa and her partner Dion were both ‘fit and healthy’ when they were struck down by the virus which also infected their young daughter Lola. Credit: Supplied
“I’ve been fighting temps of 40C all day. I am still on oxygen and tomorrow I will start on tocilizumab and remdesivir and hopefully that will give me some relief,” she wrote.
“I found out today that there are another 14 people here in the hospital and a good few in ICU.
“Dion is still at home with Lola managing on his asthma plan but severely fatigued and short of breath but doing a great job taking care of our baby.
“Hopefully tomorrow is a better day. One thing about this virus is you are up and down but when you hit the deck it’s worse than the time before.
“The nurse tells me the next few days could be even harder.”
Melissa documented her fight in a series of emotional posts. Credit: Supplied
The following day, Melissa admitted that while her symptoms had been good and she’d had no pain she’d “lost control of things no one would wish to experience”.
“This virus has torn me apart,” she wrote. “I am away from my baby and my partner all alone in a fishbowl of a room trying to fight to get back home to the two people I love with all my heart.
“All I want is to get home and hold my baby tight.
“Fingers crossed I’m on the way up.”
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‘I cried and cried today all alone in a room fighting the hardest fight’
On July 23 Melissa told how she was likely to remain in hospital for another five days.
“That’s another five days of no hugs with my baby, no hugs with my partner.
“I cried and cried today all alone in a room fighting the hardest fight.
“They tried to get me up and walking and I lasted 40 seconds before I collapsed on the bed – this is insane!
“For someone who plays numerous games or netball and umpires weekly and now I can’t even walk for 40 seconds. What has this virus done to me? How long will I take to recover? Who knows?
“I know everyone is doing it tough but trust me this place is the toughest both mentally and physically. Stay home everyone and stay safe.”
Melissa and her daughter were both struck with COVID. Credit: Facebook
July 24 was Melissa’s “hardest day yet”, with the mum describing it as physically and mentally “upsetting”.
“I woke this morning with the lowest levels of oxygen I have had since being here and had to fight with the doctors to leave me on the ward as I didn’t want to go to ICU,” she wrote.
“At least where I am I have a window to the outside world.”
As the stricken mum watched news of the lockdown protests gripping Sydney she said she was “saddened”.
“I believe in freedom and people’s rights but … those out protesting have cost us all more time under lockdown so you only have yourselves to blame,” she wrote.
Melissa spoke of her virus ‘hell’. Credit: Facebook
After a week in hospital, Melissa told of how her heart was “breaking”.
“This virus is hell,” she wrote. “It separates people from loved ones, rips your health apart and challenges you mentally.
“Can people not see how contagious it is? Seriously, stay home so we can all see an end in sight.”
Finally, after eight nights in hospital, Melissa was allowed home to her family.
“Recovering slowly, but I’ll get there,” she said.
“Stay home and stay safe.”
Source by 7news.com.au