A nurse from San Francisco is shining a light-weight on the severity of COVID-19 with a surprising photograph of the consequences it had on his physique.
Last week, Mike Schultz shared side-by-side photographs of himself together with his over 40,000 Instagram followers of the dramatic 50-pound weight loss he skilled throughout an eight-week hospital keep as he was handled for the illness attributable to the brand new coronavirus.
The 43-year-old informed Health that within the photograph on the left, he’s about 190 kilos. He added that he exercised day-after-day and had no underlying health circumstances.
“I weighed myself the other day and I’m down to 140 pounds, and I probably weighed less than that when I first got into rehabilitation,” he informed the journal. “I’ve never been this skinny before in my life.”
Schultz defined to Buzzfeed News the rationale he determined to publish his now-viral images. “I wanted to show it can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, have pre-existing conditions or not. It can affect you,” he stated.
Schultz informed CNN that he contracted the coronavirus in early March, “before any of the restrictions were out” and certain obtained it whereas attending Miami’s Winter Music Festival. His DJ boyfriend, Josh Hebblethwaite,was working on the occasion.
“We knew it was out there,” Schultz informed Buzzfeed, noting that no “lockdowns” had been ordered at this level. “We just thought, ‘Well, we gotta wash our hands more and be wary of touching our face.’”
The Miami Herald reported that 38 individuals who attended the LGBTQ-friendly music pageant later obtained sick, and three males died,
On March 14, a few week after the pageant, Schultz flew to Boston, the place Hebblethwaite lives.
He informed CNN that when he first arrived in Boston, he had a cough however “it wasn’t really a big deal.” But on March 17, he discovered himself with a fever of 103 levels and was having issue respiration.
When Schultz arrived on the hospital, he was given a swab check and chest X-rays. He examined constructive for the coronavirus and was additionally identified with pneumonia and extreme repertory misery syndrome, per CNN.
Soon after, he was intubated and positioned on a ventilator to assist his respiration.
“That was the last time I saw my boyfriend,” Schultz informed Health. “I texted him, ‘I’m scared.’ Soon after, I was sedated, and I don’t remember much after that.”
He was on the ventilator for four-and-a-half weeks, in keeping with CNN. He informed Buzzfeed that in this time it was like he was “in a coma.”
Schultz stated that when he awakened from his ordeal, he believed solely every week had handed. “I still had a tracheostomy [tube], I couldn’t talk, and my hands were so weak that my phone felt like it was 100 pounds,” he informed Health.
He additionally observed he had misplaced weight, however nothing may put together him for what occurred when he lastly noticed himself within the mirror. “I didn’t even recognize myself,” he informed CNN. “I pretty much cried when I looked in the mirror, I was like ‘Oh my God.’”
Schultz is now slowly recovering.
“I’m doing breathing exercises to get my lung capacity up, and plenty of exercises to stabilize my legs so I can finally walk without doing a penguin shuffle,” he joked to Health.
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