Nurse who battled COVID-19 finally goes home after being confined for 117 days
From taking care of patients to being a patient herself, a 60-year-old nurse in the US expressed how great it was to finally be out of the hospital after being confined for 117 days.
Despite returning to the comforts of her home, Sharon Tapp still needs to undergo weeks of therapy before she fully recovers, as per Today yesterday, July 30.
The nurse also noted the major adjustment that she has to go through as someone who is used to taking care of everyone, not the other way around. Tapp, who works in Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., suspects that she may have gotten the virus at work.
“My doctor said that my (infection) was the worst that you can get,” she was quoted as saying. “I was very, very, very sick.”
On March 18, Tapp began experiencing chest pains, headache, fever and sudden body weakness, according to the John Hopkins Medicine on July 14.
After testing positive for the coronavirus, Tapp’s family took her to Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Suburban Hospital. She was then transferred to another hospital in Baltimore, as her condition worsened within the next 10 days after getting admitted.
She spent two months in a medically induced coma. Through the next few months, Tapp had to be taken in the medical intensive care and cardiac care units, where she had been placed on a ventilator. The nurse had to battle pneumonia, heart and lung failure as well.
Speaking to Today about her 40-year career as a nurse, Tapp explained why she loves her job.
“I like helping people. That’s just my nature,” she said in the report. “I really enjoy when they get better and I have something to do with it.”
“I was the type, I took care of everybody,” she added. “Now, everybody wants to take care of me.”
After undergoing therapy, Tapp expressed her desire to get back to work to help more people. Cha Lino /ra
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