My first day in the COVID-19 ward!

It was a Friday morning. My waiting period was over. I was waiting for the current ward to be converted to COVID-19 ward.

The house surgeon informed me that finally they managed to shift out the non-COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 patients got admitted to this ward.

I was afraid to enter this COVID-19 ward. My spacialty isn’t about treating COVID-19 victims. But, due to overwhelming escalation of cases dictated that we should help.

I was dependent on the internal medicine specialist for guidance. I had no experience with PPE. I got a call from the specialist that this person is going for patient rounds.

I was invited to join the rounds. I hesitantly agreed. I was least prepared for what was awaiting for me. I was handed a PPE. The specialist kindly guided me through “donning.”

We entered the area where actual COVID-19 patients were treated. It was very scary situation. This was the first time I was experiencing a very close contact with positive cases.

I was profusely sweating inside my PPE. I persevered through around one hour through the rounds. I developed sick feelings. I was feeling exhausted and giddy.

I mentioned to my colleague that I need a break. That doctor had warned me about her first experience with PPE. She told me to relax in a chair.

I was sweating more profusely. I didn’t even know that wherever I was moving and halting I was leaving a puddle of sweat on the floor. This was happening in another ward. We were yet to go to my ward.

After an hour that doctor said we will go to my ward. To my luck, there were only 3 patients. She quickly finished with them.

We approached the “Doffing” room. I quickly followed the instructions of my colleague. I freed myself from the PPE I was wearing. I was was out of PPE however the heat exhaustion continued.

I was having strange feelings. I wasn’t feeling well. I triggered my migrane. I was tired, exhausted, with intense headache. I felt like I am going to collapse any moment.

After sometime I had liberty to go home. I reached home. After steam inhalation and bath I took a big nap. Then around 12 midnight I experienced relief from my headache.

I admired all my doctor and nurse colleagues for the efforts they take to provide care to COVID-19 patients. I salute each one of them. Today I know how they feel.

16 thoughts on “My first day in the COVID-19 ward!

  1. Oh, Nitin! How terrifying it must be.
    Thank you for sharing an inside look at what it is like from a doctor’s experience.
    Are you going to be continuing to work with positive COVID patients?
    Praying for you and your colleagues! God loves you each one!

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    1. Hi Gail. Yes, it was quite scary and painful experience. I have finished my first spell, awaiting the next one which is coming up very soon. Please do continue to pray for the health care workers. It’s very tough life for them. They need God’s favour and blessings. The patients need healing touch from the Lord. Thanks for your prayers. I value your prayers. Regards dear Gail πŸ’πŸŒΉ

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      1. I will definitely be praying, Nitin! I will be sure to add your name to the prayer list in my Lifegroup I now have. These ladies are fervent in praying for health care workers, and at staying home and doing all they can to follow guidelines.

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