In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 11th, August, 2020

‘I Was On Oxygen For five Days

'I Was On Oxygen For 5 Days

Ivuoma Tom

Ivuoma Tom


A Nigerian nurse uncovered to the lethal coronavirus, Ivuoma Tom has shared her heart-rendering story throughout a webinar, Good Well being Weekly captured it.


She revealed how she survived the virus after being 5 days on oxygen.




For Ivuoma Tom, a nurse in a non-public hospital in Lagos who was uncovered to COVID-19, her expertise is an eye-opener.


Her ordeal started after her 14 days self-isolation. She started displaying signs on the 16th day, regardless that medical consultants say it takes a mean of 5–6 days from an infection with the virus for signs to indicate or a most of 14 days.


COVID-19 impacts totally different individuals in numerous methods. In Ivuoma’s case, the signs ranged from fever to palpitations. The virus attacked her lungs and coronary heart significantly.


Respiration issues

“I couldn’t breathe. I used to be sneezing like somebody who had bronchial asthma. I used to be evacuated on April 26th, 2020 from my home to the isolation centre in Lekki space of Lagos.

“My situation acquired worse as a result of it took three days earlier than I used to be picked up. It was the morning after I used to be admitted that I observed that one in all my buddies and colleagues was additionally there. I advised him I used to be not respiratory properly and didn’t know what would occur the subsequent morning.

“Fortunately for me, he raised alarm, and the well being staff had been operating helter-skelter, I shed tears. I used to be helpless.”


At that time, Ivuoma’s oxygen degree had gone down whilst she continued to expertise issue in respiratory and shortness of breath.

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“My oxygen degree had gone down.  The proper quantity must be 95/100 however mine went down to eight. My pulse additionally dropped to 49 as a substitute of 100.”


Assist, nonetheless, got here Ivuoma’s means when she was transferred from the Lekki Isolation centre to the Infectious Illness Hospital, IDH, isolation Centre, Yaba.

“I used to be fortunate that the medical personnel who got here from IDH got here together with oxygen. I stayed on the IDH centre for the remaining 16 days. I used to be on oxygen for 5 days,” she remarked.




However her keep within the isolation centre was extended in contrast to what just a few different survivors had claimed.


Ivuoma had been advised from the primary day that she was taken to the isolation centre that she can be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit the moments it was found that her situation had worsened.


“That was once I knew that my case was actually critical.  I resolved to attempt my greatest to get well.  I went on-line and examine respiratory workouts and different areas. I learn up a component the place it was said that individuals with respiratory issues shouldn’t lie on their again however on their stomachs. That was actually my place all through that interval.  The respiratory train additionally helped me.

“The therapy there was good. The atmosphere was conducive. They fed us very properly as a result of they knew that COVID-19 impacts the immune system and their primary intention was to construct up our immune system to struggle the illness and deal with different opportunistic infections alongside the road.

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“The nurses and docs had been okay. Other than the primary expertise, I had within the first isolation centre (resort) the place they didn’t examine me on time and put me on oxygen on time.   At Yaba, it was a special story totally.  They fed us properly. We got water and an egg each day. The therapy was totally different.

“We had been handled based mostly on our signs.   Some got anti-malarial medicine however I used to be not.  I used to be solely given antiretroviral medicine and a selected drug that opens the lungs that helped me to breathe.   They gave us vitamin C.  The therapy typically was good.”


Emotional help


Ivuoma praised the docs noting that their perspective inspired the sufferers. One specific nurse talked to us and prayed for us. We had been like a household.”


Ivuoma saved her standing away from her household. She stated she couldn’t inform her dad and mom as a result of they might not have withstood it.

“Every time the TV was switched on, one would hold listening to concerning the variety of people who had died and I didn’t need them to panic. I advised only a few people who I knew would help me.”


Weeks later, Ivuoma was out of hazard and discharged after testing destructive.


Put up expertise


Stuffed with pleasure, Ivuoma like different survivors went on social media to share her expertise.

“After I left the isolation centre I went on-line and talked about my expertise. The story went viral, however I used to be branded a marketer and accused of being paid.  Folks had been saying that it was a rip-off.

“Some individuals even accused me of formulating the story, however I used to be adamant and advised them that I used to be solely fortunate to be alive.  The truth that individuals are not dying on the street doesn’t imply there isn’t a COVID-19 in Nigeria.

“I’ve been making an attempt to speak about it and I’ll proceed to speak about it.   My mom didn’t imagine that there’s COVID-19 in Nigeria however once I advised her my story she purchased a nostril masks and began utilizing hand sanitiser. My cousin did the identical factor.”


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Worst second


“My worst second was once I was advised I used to be being taken to the isolation centre. I had this mindset that it was a sinister place however once I acquired there I noticed one thing totally different and good. It was a therapeutic atmosphere and all the pieces was good for me.

“Additionally, I had a second of melancholy, particularly whereas on oxygen. There was a selected day that the considered loss of life got here to my thoughts. If I closed my eyes it appeared I used to be dying.

“I known as somebody and shared my fears, however was reassured to struggle on and are available out of it. I fought and got here out of it.   It wasn’t very nice however thank God I got here out alive.”


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