In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, August, 2020

How My Spouse And I Recovered From COVID-19

How My Wife And I Recovered From COVID-19

Gboyega Akosile

Gboyega Akosile

Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state, has narrated how he survived COVID-19.

In a Fb submit on Thursday, Akosile stated he obtained examined for COVID-19 after treating malaria however didn’t really feel higher.

Describing his expertise, Akosile stated he had “by no means felt that method earlier than in my total life”.

He added that his spouse and driver additionally contracted the virus.


“COVID-19 is just not a hoax, it’s very actual. Use your face masks wash your fingers recurrently, use sanitizer and please hold to the social distance protocols,”
Akosile stated.

Beneath is his narrative.

Thank God I’m again at my responsibility submit! I returned to work as we speak, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 after a number of weeks away, battling the monstrous Coronavirus.

It started with a feverish situation on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. I normally don’t joke with my well being so I ended at a pharmacy on my method dwelling, obtained an anti malaria drug with some paracetamol and I used it as advisable.

I have to state right here that I’ve by no means accomplished a full dose of any malaria remedy or medication earlier than getting again on my toes in my grownup life, by no means! In reality, you would need to remind me typically earlier than taking my medication as a result of I might have felt properly after taking the second dose. This time, I accomplished the malaria drugs but there was no enchancment. By Thursday (July 2) night and Friday (July three) morning, my well being situation had began to deteriorate. The sentiments steadily moved from complications to extreme physique pains and chilly. Similar day, I had a duty to prepare a media briefing for my boss. I didn’t elevate the alarm simply but as a result of everyone was cautious of everybody else, particularly in case you confirmed any indicators of sickness. However the reality is I used to be sick, terribly sick.

I instructed my spouse on Thursday night that there was a necessity for us to get examined for COVID-19. I satisfied her that we wanted to clear all doubts. She understood clearly, understanding it might not be misplaced that I had been uncovered to the virus, particularly now that Lagos was experiencing rise in neighborhood unfold.

We drove straight to the Yaba Infectious Ailments Hospital on Friday morning and in lower than an hour; the very environment friendly Lagos well being staff accountable for pattern assortment and testing attended us to.

Though he was not unwell and confirmed no indicators of COVID-19, I inspired my driver to hitch us for the take a look at. We left for Marina to proceed with the day’s official actions. Whereas Mr. Governor was briefing and responding to questions from journalists, I stood there on the fantastically tendered State Home garden shaking from inside. I may really feel that my legs had been wobbling from inside my bone marrow. Not even the fantastic thing about the grass, which I normally admire, may calm the best way I felt.

I bear in mind how a lot I attempted to maintain greater than two metres away from some colleagues who had come to me for some clarifications on points or factors raised by Mr. Governor. Since I used to be unsure of my standing, I wanted to take duty by making certain that nothing was discharged into the environment from my aspect.

I waited until the top of the press convention, managed to maneuver in direction of my boss however ensured that I didn’t transfer near him. In that socially distanced place, I knowledgeable him of my state of well being and his response was direct, “have you ever gone for one more take a look at?” He requested as a result of he had mandated his total shut aides to go for COVID-19 take a look at on two or three events. He has additionally performed the take a look at repeatedly, only for everybody to really feel secure across the workplace. I answered him within the affirmative, “sure sir, I simply did this morning. Outcomes ought to be out on Sunday.” He then stated I ought to go dwelling for a few days. I thanked him and I left the State Home.

No sooner had I left the State Home than the true signs began in fearful proportion. To be sincere, I used to be scared. I had by no means felt that method earlier than in my total life. Driving from Marina to Ikeja felt like travelling from Lagos to New York. The vibrations and different bodily pains I skilled that day can’t be described right here. I rolled from one finish of the automobile to a different. All I bear in mind was my driver’s voice, saying “epele sir (sorry sir)”. It was excruciating! By the point we obtained dwelling, my eyes had turned crimson, with the retinal wanting the opposite method. My spouse took over instantly because the resident nurse. She was scared too however she summoned the braveness and took cost. She insisted we went to the hospital. We did. I instructed the physician that I had gone for COVID-19 take a look at however he stated he would place me on one other spherical of malaria remedy.

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I took some pictures that night, repeated them on Saturday morning and night. I went once more on Sunday morning however there was no outstanding enchancment. By Sunday night, our COVID-19 take a look at outcomes had been despatched to me by way of electronic mail. My worst worry stared at me within the face; all of us examined optimistic for Coronavirus – my spouse, driver and I. I instantly referred to as my driver to tell him. Clearly he was asymptomatic as a result of as at the moment and up until the time of penning this piece, he had no signs. Life has been regular for him. Nonetheless, I insisted that he ought to self-isolate at dwelling for 14 days and never go about infecting different individuals.

I duly knowledgeable my principal after which referred to as my direct boss, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, the Chief of Employees to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who instantly made preparations for my remedy. The docs referred to as in and requested that we isolate at dwelling. They tutored me on all of the protocols, most of them I used to be already acquainted with, having been a part of the communication group on Lagos State Authorities’s response to COVID-19.

Case administration began and in two days, I had misplaced my sense of odor, style and each symptom that comes with COVID-19 had totally manifested in me. Belief me, it was not a very nice expertise.

In eight to 9 days of remedy, the preliminary pains and discomfort began to vanish. I started to expertise a brand new lease of life. My SPO2, which is a small system utilized in checking the stream of oxygen in a affected person’s system was again to regular. BP was good and physique temperature returned to regular. This time, I may attend to work associated points. I began working from dwelling.

Recall that three of us examined optimistic and one was asymptomatic. My spouse too confirmed some signs from Monday, July 5, so she was positioned on similar remedy. Whereas I improved, her situation took a downward flip; her oxygen stage was beneath the suitable restrict of 95! At first, it fluctuated between 90 and 94; typically it might hit 95 so I used to be hopeful. Her Blood Strain was additionally irregular. The worth was inconsistent; typically good, at one other time unhealthy.

On Tuesday, July 14, her SPO2 went all the way down to 88! That was when it dawned on everybody that she needed to be evacuated to an isolation centre. She was taken to the Onikan centre, the place she obtained among the greatest remedy that COVID-19 sufferers in the US of America are searching for. I don’t get scared simply by something or scenario. This time, I used to be very scared. I assumed the worst part of my life had come when after three days of her admission, she had not responded properly to the remedy. She neither referred to as dwelling nor picked her cellphone. Everybody was fearful.

Due to the Lagos State Authorities, the Ministry of Well being, the well being staff; docs, nurses and drivers, amongst others who ensured that my spouse, like all the opposite sufferers that had been introduced in below very horrible circumstances returned dwelling with pleasure.

After spending 5 days, we began to attach once more by way of video calls.

Since I used to be not within the isolation centre, the closest was after I took her birthday cake there for a symbolic celebration; I may solely depend on her expertise, which she described as healthful.

I made a decision to the touch on my spouse’s expertise to attract consideration to the truth that individuals don’t essentially die of COVID-19. You lose individuals to problems from underlining illnesses. Unknown to us, my spouse had a silent case of pneumonia and had some blood clot associated points. And since she had not fallen sick, these circumstances by no means manifested in any kind. Everybody in the home appeared wholesome and actually so till the COVID-19 incident.

It is rather necessary to conduct complete medical checks, even whether it is as soon as in a yr. If we had identified this earlier, maybe our expertise would have been much less traumatic when COVID-19 got here calling.

With out sounding conceited, Lagos State Authorities is a mannequin State on the COVID-19 response in Africa. Particular because of Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu who constructed extra capability in readiness for the pandemic. This has helped the State to handle the results of the pandemic because it broke out.

COVID-19 is just not a hoax, it’s very actual. Use your face masks wash your fingers recurrently, use sanitizer and please hold to the social distance protocols.

Now I’m again on the beat, what have I missed?

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