Hospital admission- terrified he won't make it

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TheLookOfLove Sat 07-Nov-20 06:01:42

Can anyone talk me down,have been awake all night panicking.

My brother is 45, overweight, non smoker or drinker but day 7 of Corona has taken a turn for the worse.

Cough,breathing difficulties and according to blood tests low platelets and saturates(?). Hes been admitted to the covid ward last night.

I've read that a third of patients who are taken to hospital die and I am terrified.

Looking for any advice or support at all,I'm a mess.

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ravensoaponarope Sat 07-Nov-20 06:13:08

I am sorry. Apparently death rates for hospitalised patients fell to 7.6% in August. This would mean a 93.4% chance of recovery. I hope that eases your anxieties a little, although obviously you will still be worried until he is home.
Can you try any anti-anxiety strategies for yourself?
theconversation.com/death-rates-have-fallen-by-18-for-hospitalized-covid-19-patients-as-treatments-improve-148775

Schoolisback1973 Sat 07-Nov-20 06:18:00

Really sorry to hear!
He is in the best place. The death rate once you're in hospital is now much lower than it used to.
It is scary but there are now ways to beat this once in hospital.
Lots of hugs!

Mummyoflittledragon Sat 07-Nov-20 06:27:31

Hospitals are admitting a lot earlier than in March. Was your brother able to hold a basic conversation before admittance? If so he wouldn’t have reached the threshold. Statistically he will survive and is in the best place. flowers

Thatwentbadly Sat 07-Nov-20 06:33:08

A third of patients who end up in intensive care with corona virus die, that means 2/3 of people who end up in ICU survive. Your brother is not unwell enough to be in ICU so his odds are much higher.

Medics know a lot more about this disease since March and there are many more available treatments.

Redolent Sat 07-Nov-20 06:38:15

The most important and positive thing for his age group is that he’s now been admitted to hospital, where as people said, we know far more about how to treat covid than in the spring. Deaths remain incredibly low for the under 50s so please stay positive. Wishing you all the best.

TheLookOfLove Sat 07-Nov-20 06:39:24

Thank you. Yes he could speak,although the cough was bad. I know hes in the best place. I'm just so frightened, he has young children who he does most of the parenting of ( another story).

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Crakeandoryx Sat 07-Nov-20 06:57:23

Think positive op. He'l have access to drugs that help and oxygen therapy. Exactly what his body needs to recover. So much more can be done now that in march and early intervention is a good thing!

TheLookOfLove Sat 07-Nov-20 07:03:47

Yes I'm trying to think that way, that hes getting all the help he needs.
.Im prone to anxiety anyway so this has totally tipped me over the edge.
From reading about this, I thought that the threshold for hospital admission was quite high, as in you had to be in a dire state before they would even consider admitting someone

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Crakeandoryx Sat 07-Nov-20 07:21:41

They've learnt that the sooner you admit the better the outcome and they also reduce the number of patients needing to be put on ventilation. Oxygen and CPAP are preferred options and increasingly used with good outcomes because they don't have the battle of getting people off ventilation which can be complex.

Initially they held off admitting for fear of numbers and lack of therapy but not now they have treatments and know the sooner they treat the better the chances. Your brother is in very good hands op.

ILookAtTheFloor Sat 07-Nov-20 07:45:45

A family friend (male, in his 60s, obese) had been in hospital this past week, with covid pneumonia and a blood clot. He was in 2 nights and is on the mend at home now.

You don't hear about all of the discharges!

Tempnamelady Sat 07-Nov-20 07:54:48

I know of a man in late 60s round here in an induced coma for weeks , doubtful whether He would survive. Saw him strolling round local shops yesterday smile.

Also my friends 80 odd year olds dad was admitted and is ok now.

I had Covid in March, it is around the 7 day mark when you either go one way or the other. I developed a secondary bacterial infection after a weeks and I felt absolutely dreadful. I was prescribed horse pill anti biotics. I feel very fortunate that at 49, I am pretty fit due to regular exercise as I feel that I could have been much worse otherwise.

Sending prayers fir your brother and I’m sure he’ll get through this .

TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest Sat 07-Nov-20 08:03:38

Our neighbour, male, late 60's, drinker was admitted couple of weeks ago. He is at home now continuing his recovery. The staff are amazing and he will be well looked after

Hangingover Sat 07-Nov-20 08:07:20

Poor you OP you must feel very worried. flowers

lovelemoncurd Sat 07-Nov-20 08:11:25

They know so much more about how to treat this condition now than they did in March. Speaking as someone who also developed breathing problems due to Covid. He may well need help and support going forward until he's back to pre Covid levels especially as he has a young family.

WhoseThatGirl Sat 07-Nov-20 08:14:33

He’s young which will give him a really good chance of recovery. Maybe start doing some batch cooking of his favourite meals and freeze them for when he’s out. In times like this It helps me to do practical things so I don’t feel helpless.

TheLookOfLove Sat 07-Nov-20 08:14:37

I spoke to the hospital, they can't really tell me anything yet as he only got there a few hours ago. He himself managed to give me a quick call just to let me know the ward etc and said he wasn't feeling great.

I honestly dont know what to do with myself, I broke down while he was on the phone and he ended up comforting me, which isn't the way it should go.

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LolaLollypop Sat 07-Nov-20 08:24:14

Try and stay positive OP. Plenty of people go in and just need a bit of support with oxygen whilst their body fights the infection. It’s a great sign that he was able to ring you and talk to you.
My DGF was in hospital at 92 with Covid and is now back home. It’s not always fatal!

Orangeclub1 Sat 07-Nov-20 08:26:51

Commenting as Just want to wish him well soon.

I'm sure he will be ok. He's in the best place. I know it's scary though. One hour at a time and look after yourself too. Xx

rainbowstardrops Sat 07-Nov-20 08:33:03

Thankfully, he's in the right place now but it's only natural that you're worried silly.
Big deep breaths and positive thoughts thanks

U8myufo Sat 07-Nov-20 08:40:29

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. It is very scary indeed, but try and stay positive if you can. A friend of mine contracted it in March and was extremely ill to the point where we all doubted she would make it. She is now perfectly ok and recovered very well. As other posters have said there's a lot more knowledge about the virus now so this puts the medical professionals in a better position to treat him. I wish you all the best. Stay strong

TheLookOfLove Sat 07-Nov-20 09:22:38

Thanks everyone. Hes just had a really awful year and I cant believe that this has happened on top of it all, it's so unfair.

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Kittyhelp Sat 07-Nov-20 11:07:05

My DH was hospitalised in April with covid. He's 47, bigger than he should be (he won't admit to that 😁) He was admitted on day 13. He was obviously unwell, but managed to walk to the ambulance. He was in hospital for a week. Oxygen, antibiotics and vitamin D (his levels were scarily low, he works from home so doesn't leave the house much) He was in at the same time as Boris. When Boris went in to intensive care we all started panicking! Anyway, he's still with us. As pp said, the NHS is more prepared now than back then. Wishing your DB a speedy recovery

Lovely1a2b3c Sat 07-Nov-20 12:26:10

Hi OP,

How scary for you. I've also heard that the survival rate for hospitalised people is much better now with treatments like early oxygen therapy, CPAP, steroids etc. so try not to assume things will get worse.

DianaT1969 Sat 07-Nov-20 13:10:03

OP, just to agree that he is young and knowledge is so much better now. You could ask them what his vitamin D level is and whether they have boosted it. It may prompt them to get on with that if they haven't already. (Disclaimer : I'm a bit obsessed with vitamin D as it seems to work well as a treatment and is easily available).
My fingers are crossed that he will be fine soon OP. Stay positive 💐💐

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