It was the last week of April when my life completely changed. This pandemic had already forced us to change everything about how we lived. I wasn’t going out much at all and the only home myself and children would visit was my parents. I told my parents especially my dad who had a transplanted kidney for 8 years now to be very careful. My mom continued to work and care for my elderly grandfather every Sunday and my dad was going out to buy food or groceries. Thinking back neither of them practiced social distancing.
At the end of April my mom noticed my dad had “cold” symptoms. I didn’t think anything of it and I would still visit them at least once a week. My dads symptoms became progressively worse and we reached out to his doctor who asked him to get tested for Covid but dad refused. The day after, my mom calls me to go check up on my dad as he was feeling ill. I arrived at his home and he was trying to sleep but would moan and tremble, he did not look good. I called the ambulance who took him to a nearby hospital where he tested positive for COVID. At that point we all had to get tested and my husband and I where also positive. My dad then had to be put in the ICU on a ventilator. The doctor asked for his transfer to MassGeneral Hospital as he was a kidney patient and his medical team was there. My dad was transported on that Saturday night May 2. He was heavily sedated and remained on the ventilator until Friday May 15 when he passed.
Leading up to his death my dad was getting better and almost breathing on his own, but that Thursday night medical staff became concerned for my dad. On that Friday afternoon I receive a call from the doctor telling me my dad didn’t have much time to live as his blood pressure was very low and not responding to medication. His liver was also failing but there main concern was the blood pressure. I couldn’t believe it he was doing better and now he was dying. The doctors waited for us to go see him before removing all medical support. Doctor said they had tried everything and brought all appropriate medical teams to help save his life. I wasn’t able to go see him as I needed two negative COVID results so I had to say bye and pray through a Zoom call. Thankfully my mother was able to go in and see him. After her visit and while driving back home we get the call that he had passed shortly after the medical support was removed. It was and still is devastating. I spoke to the doctor after who says that they have seen this rapid turn around in kidney patience as they are on immunosuppressants. My life has never been the same, I am heartbroken and traumatized from having COVID and losing my dad to it.