What I learned from being in a coma for 10 days in the the hospital with covid

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I had trouble breathing and was very weak so I went to my local doctor on a sunday who immediately sent me to the hospital in Santiago.

We showed up at the hospital in Santiago at 12 oclock at night on a sunday night.They wanted 300,000 peso cash or a good health insurance plan or a credit card to admit me.

Where are you going to get 300,000 pesos on a sunday night? I learned how important it was a good health Insurance plan.

I was put in a coma in intensive care for 10 days. They told my wife I was going to die. She called my sisters in Canada.

They were going to put a suction tube into my lungs like in the movie Rush when Ricky Lauda was in the hospital with lung burns. The doctor said it was 50/50 chance I would survive this procedure. About 1/2 hour before the procedure I improved so they didn't do it.

I had a very good Pulmonary Specialist who trained in Mexico and Canada. His father had the same specialty.

Being in a coma was a surreal experience. You are kind of aware sometimes of what's around you at times it's sort of like a dream . It seemed like three days but it was actually 10 days.
There were tons of doctors checking on me .

One doctor wanted to remove my kidney stones. I didn't think I had them ( I didn't) so declined this generous offer.
I learned that the hospital is basically a cash cow for everyone there .

The night nurses spent all their time on their cell phones looking at themselves.
My wife spent 2 weeks sleeping on a small uncomfortable plastic chair downstairs in the lobby. They would wake everyone there at 5 o'clock in the morning just to be assholes.

The hospital bill was 30 pages long. We called our brother in law who is an auditor for the insurance company to check the invoice it just to be sure. One IV feeding bag was 27,000 pesos. I had 3.

From this we learned that your plan must cover all meds and consumables while in the hospital or it can easily run up to 30,000 pesos a day or more.

After 2 weeks I had improved and elected to get home oxygen and had a good local doctor to check on me 2 x a day. The doctors were strongly opposed to letting me get home care. I insisted so they reluctantly said I could but without their agreement.

I learned that in the Dominican Republic they really don't consided home health care as an viable option. I kind of understand that but it is an option if you can get the necessary supports at home.

For 25 years I had a home healthcare manufacturing business in Canada so I was very knowledgeable about home health care . We rented home oxygen (very hard to find) for a couple of weeks .

I couldn't walk when I left the hospital and actually fell down when I stood up to go to the bathroom as we couldn't get someone to help me walk there. I needed stitches near my eye and was worried that I would be blind. (Ok now).

When we were waiting to check out they made us wait another day because it takes tiime they said to gather all the invoices for the insurer. If it is a saturday or sunday you wait til monday until the insurrer approves everything.

I was really really scared that I would not have enough insurance to leave the hospital . My wife checked with the insurance company every day to see how much we used. I was really glad that my wife Ramona sold Health Insurance with our insurer so she could check out these things.

I used to sell cheap health insurance plans until this happened to me , and now only sell better policies with at least 700,000 peso coverage .

From my personal experience I learned how important it was to have a good plan.

I would never want anything bad to happen to our clients as we care alot for them. so we don't offer cheap plans .

Most importantly I learned how great my wife is as she stood my me every minute. She slept in a hard plastic chair in the lobby for 14 days.
 

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Unbelievable. I knew the hospitals where cash cows but what happened to you should be criminal. Glad you made it through the DR health system.
 
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My wife spent 2 weeks sleeping on a small uncomfortable plastic chair downstairs in the lobby. They would wake everyone there at 5 o'clock in the morning just to be assholes.


Most importantly I learned how great my wife is as she stood my me every minute. She slept in a hard plastic chair in the lobby for 14 days.
You don't mention which hospital this was, as all the locations we've had people as patients, they always have relatively comfortable couches in the rooms... Never once has anyone had to spend the night outside the room?
 
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First and foremost, thank-you for sharing your experience.
It sounds as though you are on the mend and that is a good thing.
Here's hoping there will not be many potholes in the road ahead.
For all those who have jumped on the "let's bash the hospital" train...
There is a brighter side to the story.
Thanks to the hospital and its staff our fellow dr1'er did not leave the place in a body bag.
They must have done something right.
N'est-ce pas?
Your comments on the importance for a good/excellent health insurance plan are spot on.
They may well influence one or two to check their own personal situation.
Take care of yourself and keep us up to date on your journey back to good health.
 
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I had trouble breathing and was very weak so I went to my local doctor on a sunday who immediately sent me to the hospital in Santiago.

We showed up at the hospital in Santiago at 12 oclock at night on a sunday night.They wanted 300,000 peso cash or a good health insurance plan or a credit card to admit me.

Where are you going to get 300,000 pesos on a sunday night? I learned how important it was a good health Insurance plan.

I was put in a coma in intensive care for 10 days. They told my wife I was going to die. She called my sisters in Canada.

They were going to put a suction tube into my lungs like in the movie Rush when Ricky Lauda was in the hospital with lung burns. The doctor said it was 50/50 chance I would survive this procedure. About 1/2 hour before the procedure I improved so they didn't do it.

I had a very good Pulmonary Specialist who trained in Mexico and Canada. His father had the same specialty.

Being in a coma was a surreal experience. You are kind of aware sometimes of what's around you at times it's sort of like a dream . It seemed like three days but it was actually 10 days.
There were tons of doctors checking on me .

One doctor wanted to remove my kidney stones. I didn't think I had them ( I didn't) so declined this generous offer.
I learned that the hospital is basically a cash cow for everyone there .

The night nurses spent all their time on their cell phones looking at themselves.
My wife spent 2 weeks sleeping on a small uncomfortable plastic chair downstairs in the lobby. They would wake everyone there at 5 o'clock in the morning just to be assholes.

The hospital bill was 30 pages long. We called our brother in law who is an auditor for the insurance company to check the invoice it just to be sure. One IV feeding bag was 27,000 pesos. I had 3.

From this we learned that your plan must cover all meds and consumables while in the hospital or it can easily run up to 30,000 pesos a day or more.

After 2 weeks I had improved and elected to get home oxygen and had a good local doctor to check on me 2 x a day. The doctors were strongly opposed to letting me get home care. I insisted so they reluctantly said I could but without their agreement.

I learned that in the Dominican Republic they really don't consided home health care as an viable option. I kind of understand that but it is an option if you can get the necessary supports at home.

For 25 years I had a home healthcare manufacturing business in Canada so I was very knowledgeable about home health care . We rented home oxygen (very hard to find) for a couple of weeks .

I couldn't walk when I left the hospital and actually fell down when I stood up to go to the bathroom as we couldn't get someone to help me walk there. I needed stitches near my eye and was worried that I would be blind. (Ok now).

When we were waiting to check out they made us wait another day because it takes tiime they said to gather all the invoices for the insurer. If it is a saturday or sunday you wait til monday until the insurrer approves everything.

I was really really scared that I would not have enough insurance to leave the hospital . My wife checked with the insurance company every day to see how much we used. I was really glad that my wife Ramona sold Health Insurance with our insurer so she could check out these things.

I used to sell cheap health insurance plans until this happened to me , and now only sell better policies with at least 700,000 peso coverage .

From my personal experience I learned how important it was to have a good plan.

I would never want anything bad to happen to our clients as we care alot for them. so we don't offer cheap plans .

Most importantly I learned how great my wife is as she stood my me every minute. She slept in a hard plastic chair in the lobby for 14 days.
which hospital?
 

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First and foremost, thank-you for sharing your experience.
It sounds as though you are on the mend and that is a good thing.
Here's hoping there will not be many potholes in the road ahead.
For all those who have jumped on the "let's bash the hospital" train...
There is a brighter side to the story.
Thanks to the hospital and its staff our fellow dr1'er did not leave the place in a body bag.
They must have done something right.
N'est-ce pas?
Your comments on the importance for a good/excellent health insurance plan are spot on.
They may well influence one or two to check their own personal situation.
Take care of yourself and keep us up to date on your journey back to good health.
Thanks for your kind words. If my experience helps some people then it was kind of worth it in a way.
The actual care bythe doctors was very good. . The tech took xrays of my lungs 2 or 3 times day at the bed. . i would ask the tech how it was and he was very diplomatic but I could not tell he wa happy with it.
Then magically one day he smiled and looked surprised..

I lived here for many years without health insurance in Puerto Plata and never gave it a second thought.
I kinda did some stupid things then before I was married and had children .These things usually involved drinking late nights , bars , and motrcycles
 

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Thanks for your kind words. If my experience helps some people then it was kind of worth it in a way.
The actual care bythe doctors was very good. . The tech took xrays of my lungs 2 or 3 times day at the bed. . i would ask the tech how it was and he was very diplomatic but I could not tell he wa happy with it.
Then magically one day he smiled and looked surprised..

I lived here for many years without health insurance in Puerto Plata and never gave it a second thought.
I kinda did some stupid things then before I was married and had children .These things usually involved drinking late nights , bars , and motrcycles
Sounds a bit like me. I also find now it’s good to have an insurance and be in a system and they know you and you can follow how your cholesterol etc develops.
 

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You don't mention which hospital this was, as all the locations we've had people as patients, they always have relatively comfortable couches in the rooms... Never once has anyone had to spend the night outside the room?
It's true I had surgery a few months ago at Central Medical Bournigal in Puerto Plata. Very clean there. My wife slept in my room.
The difference is that in Sanitago I was in intensive care. They wouldn't let her take her celllular as god forbid she might take a photo.

My sister in law's mother is in the same hospital in Santiago in intensive care . It has been 2 weeks for her daughter sleeping on Guantánamo Bay plastic chairs.
 

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Thanks for your kind words. If my experience helps some people then it was kind of worth it in a way.
The actual care bythe doctors was very good. . The tech took xrays of my lungs 2 or 3 times day at the bed. . i would ask the tech how it was and he was very diplomatic but I could not tell he wa happy with it.
Then magically one day he smiled and looked surprised..

I lived here for many years without health insurance in Puerto Plata and never gave it a second thought.
I kinda did some stupid things then before I was married and had children .These things usually involved drinking late nights , bars , and motrcycles
What was your vaccination status before getting sick?
 
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Glad to hear you recovered. Out of curiosity, what did the final hospital bill come to?
 

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I am glad that you are getting well.
It puts our short and fragile life into perspective.
For those who can, it also illustrates the importance of a good CV19 vaccine.

From what I hear HOMS or La Union Medica are good choices in Santiago and for lesser things Bournigal in P.P.
For those over 65 pneumococcal vaccination may be a consideration, it is good for 10 years.
Good health to you and your family.

 

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I really do not want to say . however I think next time I will go here but I have never bee there
Is that ok? https://homs.com.do/
If that link is supposed to hint which hospital this was, I'm very confused...

We have had 4 people as patients there and none of them have any bad to say about the place... Last June, our 4 yo son was surgically operated there and again, I would go back there any time...

I'm was terrified after reading your story and I certainly don't doubt any of that but it just left me very confused...

Also the care from the nurses was top notch... We have absolutely nothing negative to say about HOMS; and we've been going there for the last 9 years... My father-in-law, my sister-in-law and as the latest, our small son spent there a few days due to the surgical operation...

If what you say above is correct, I'm very very sorry to hear about that, as our experiences of HOMS are 100 % contrary to that...

EDIT: My wife and my father-in-law ONLY go to HOMS for any checkups and anything else at all... My wife used to go to Centro Medico Bournigal in POP but goes to HOMS for years now...

One further EDIT: Of course, each place has different doctors with different ethics I supposed, so could be that OP was not treated properly... In that case, again, I'm very sorry to hear about that... Then we've just had a very good luck with the professionals we've worked with in HOMS I suppose...
 

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Keep Ivermectin handy. A friend of mine lost taste and came down with Covid Saturday.
Had the farmacia deliver Ivermectin to her early yesterday as she was in bed and almost unable to get up.
24 hours after the ivermectin she is up and cooking.
Her smell and taste has not returned but she avoided a trip to the hospital.
 
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