“blessed “after surviving her 94-battle with COVID-19. Image courtesy of Tia Shabazz. By Aaron Allen, The Seattle Medium The average individual may not personally understand someone who has actually contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus, and while some may still think it resembles having an extreme case of the flu, Tia Shabazz’s story about her 94-day battle with COVID-19 supplies a first-hand account of the destruction the virus can have on people, their families and our neighborhood.
One common thread in the responses to COVID-19 by individuals who have actually experienced it or have understood somebody who has is, “this is genuine.”
While fighting for her own survival, Shabazz was required to watch the infection take its toll on her household too. Her Stepmother, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer, lost her battle to COVID-19 weeks prior to and her sister contracted the virus also had to quarantine herself for 2 week and was lastly cleared to return to work. In addition, her brother was momentarily put on dialysis due to the fact that the infection had actually attacked his kidneys.
Shabazz, a financial professional for the University of Washington and mother of two, states she contracted the infection in March while participating in a funeral for a relative. Little did she know at the time that COVID-19 would check her and her family in every way possible– spiritually, mentally and physically.
A couple of days later after the funeral service, Shabazz got up with a slight fever that considerably increased in the course of few hours.
“I woke up that morning with a fever of 99.5 degrees,” Shabazz recalled. “A couple of hours later my temperature level went up to 103.8.”
Shabazz, on the guidance of her physician, immediately looked for medical attention.
“I called my doctor and their advice was that I go to a testing website, so I immediately went to a site on Capitol Hill which when I arrived I was informed by a policeman that the website was closed and not receiving any brand-new clients,” stated Shabazz. “So, from there I went to the ER at Swedish, discussed to them my symptoms and they admitted me to the healthcare facility and began to take tests.”
According to medical professionals, COVID-19 affects various people in different methods. Contaminated individuals can have a wide range of symptoms which can be moderate or in many cases extreme. These signs might appear 2-14 days after direct exposure to the virus and consist of: fever and chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headaches, loss of taste and smell and others.
For Shabazz, she experienced several symptoms at different stages during her COVID-19 fight.
“It was frustrating and dismaying since as one sign disappeared and I thought I was getting closer to the end as far as the healing process was worried then something else would turn up and it would basically reboot my countdown towards being symptom complimentary,” states Shabazz. “And that was extremely discouraging because every time a new sign showed up it set me back to square one [in my recovery procedure]”
Upon being admitted in the emergency room, Shabazz was placed in the COVID system different from the designated emergency room area, where she was isolated alone until a medical professional or nurse could see her. As she walked through the medical facility, she saw the distinction in the method healthcare facilities handled virus patients versus emergency room patients.
“They had the ER separated so they had a certain area that COVID patients went into,” recalled Shabazz. “I went in and they ran a bunch of tests and after that they checked me for the regular flu which was negative and [they told me that] my COVID outcomes would take 4 to 5 days.”
After her see to the emergency room check out, the doctors sent Shabazz home for self-quarantine and isolation up until her outcomes returned.
4 days later Shabazz learned she was positive for COVID-19. Upon learning her position Shabazz was truly shaken and scared.
“I was scared,” stated Shabazz. “I was [really] scared since my stepmother had just passed from it.”
About thirty days in to her isolation, Shabazz, who has a history of asthma, started to experience breathing complications. She also started to develop pink eye in both eyes, and Shabazz found herself back in the emergency clinic after experiencing relentless and uneasy chest discomforts.
Shabazz likewise began experiencing additional signs. Pain in her muscles, face and jaw alarmed her and due to the fact that it was hard for her to be physically seen by a medical professional she was unable, at the time, to convey the discomfort she was experiencing.
“I wound up going back to the ER since I was having severe discomfort in my chest therefore much difficulty breathing, just to take a deep breath,” says Shabazz.”A nurse generated what is called a “telesitter” and it appears like an IV pole however it has a cam and microphone on it which’s how I was going to be seen at that see due to the fact that physicians were not entering the rooms.”
Throughout this second go to, medical professionals took MRIs of Shabazz and discovered that she had developed Bronchitis. They prescribed her with prescription antibiotics, which they later found were not effective on COVID symptoms so Shabazz had to simply sustain and let her body recuperate without the benefits of antibiotics.
After prescribing Shabazz with the other medications, they sent her home again for self-quarantine. Curious regarding why they kept sending her house and not simply confessing her, Shabazz discovered that health centers were not admitting anybody who were not in vital condition.
“I asked if they could just confess me and their reaction was, ‘we are not confessing any COVID patients that are not in ICU,'” Shabazz states. “‘The only ones we are confessing are individuals who need ventilators or other emergency situations like cancer.'”
Over the course of the next thirty days in self-quarantine, Shabazz sustained pain and pain as the infection began taking its toll on her emotionally and physically.
Throughout this time Shabazz needed to depend upon her family and friends to aid with things such as grocery shopping, and getting the trash, while dealing with the emotional strains of isolation and the possibility of dying.
Khalil Shabazz, Tia Shabazz’s son, who came home early from college just to find out that his mother had contracted the lethal disease, did all he might to help his mother through this attempting and uncertain time.
“During that time, I helped as much as might by going to the shop for her, getting groceries and things like toiletries and simply trying to be there for her in any method possible,” states the more youthful Shabazz.
With a lot unpredictability associated to the virus and her health, Shabazz wished to get her home in order and with the help of her sis she started getting ready for the worst.
“I did think of passing away, I considered how unprepared I truly was,” states Shabazz. “I thought of life insurance coverage, burial plots, making certain all of my affairs were in order so that whoever had to deal with that stuff it would be easy.”
Nanette Gleason, Shabazz’s sister, disliked to see what her sis had to go through and wishes to let others know that COVID-19 is serious and is nothing to experiment with.
“This is more severe than individuals believe it is,” says Gleason.”
“I’ve seen individuals who think they are untouchable which you know,” continued Gleason. “With the experience of my sister and my mother, I indicate when it hits your household, and you don’t desire that to happen, but when it hits your family then you are like yes this is major.”
Khalil Shabazz agrees and is alerting others to do what you can to secure yourself and others.
“This is real! A lot of things that happen to people do not truly affect you unless it takes place to your family,” says Khalil. “It impacts you considerably, this is real.”
Now days, other than for stints of fatigue and exhaustion, Shabazz states that she has recovered from COVID-19. She is back to working remotely on a part-time basis and rather just feels, “Blessed!”
“I’ve recovered,” says Shabazz. “I have no signs except tiredness. I am back to deal with a part-time basis at the University of Washington, working from home. But, all in all I am doing good and I am blessed.”