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They survived ventilators, body aches,
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Posted By: NorthernDog, 5/18/2020 1:03:30 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Ron Wilkins endured 37 days on a ventilator, a failed kidney, medical paralysis and a mountain of medical bills. As he slowly recovers from a near-death bout of COVID-19, the disease brought on by the coronavirus, at an acute-care hospital near San Antonio, Wilkins and his loved ones now face a new worry: States pushing to reopen stores and local economies. (Snip) The debate over how fast states should reignite their economies flared last week when Dr. Rick Bright, a government immunologist, told a Congressional committee that the window is closing fast to prevent the “darkest winter

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Congratulations on surviving Corona. But please don't insist the world must grind to a halt because of your illness. Getting out of the house will probably decrease potential cases.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: AlpineLace 5/18/2020 1:06:12 PM (No. 414794)
How terrifying to have to go throw this. My question is how many folks did USA today have to interview before they found a story sufficiently terrifying to report.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 5/18/2020 1:07:00 PM (No. 414796)
Another truly stupid inflammatory article from USA Today.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: HPmatt 5/18/2020 1:14:51 PM (No. 414803)
Stay home Ron.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird 5/18/2020 1:14:57 PM (No. 414804)
Wilkins, 62, had preexisting conditions. Serious ones. FTA: For the next 30 days, Wilkins was heavily sedated and struggling to breathe. The recipient of a kidney transplant six years ago, his only working kidney failed and he had to be placed on dialysis. His white blood cell count shot up and his blood pressure plummeted. He received a tracheotomy to make it easier for air to enter his lungs.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: TJ54 5/18/2020 1:16:12 PM (No. 414808)
More BS “news” from one of the most worthless of rags
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Laotzu 5/18/2020 1:18:08 PM (No. 414811)
If victims of government policy are the ones who get to decide said policy in the future, where do I issue my proclamation enforcing the borders?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: edgar 5/18/2020 1:25:11 PM (No. 414819)
If I get the Covid, I want the Hydroxychloriquine, Azithramyacin and Zinc cocktail. I am not looking to get hooked up to a ventilator.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: privateer 5/18/2020 1:25:46 PM (No. 414821)
Another needless scare from the anti-USA Toadie. How about a piece on people who lost their homes because they lost their jobs? Or lost their jobs because their place of employment went under? How about the High School and College grads who can look forward to a very contracted job market? Weddings cancelled, solitary Moms on Mothers' Day etc. But this guy, with one foot in the grave and another on a banana peels outweighs ALL of that, right?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: kjack 5/18/2020 1:31:12 PM (No. 414830)
So if I go to a baseball game and, despite long odds, get hit with a foul ball, does that make me an expert on the World Series? Probably not.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 5/18/2020 1:32:37 PM (No. 414831)
Another leftist category of “absolute moral authority.”
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Reply 11 - Posted by: IdahoJoe 5/18/2020 1:38:18 PM (No. 414840)
Your having been sick does not qualify you to decide which freedoms I should and should not have. I leave that up to God, as expressed (but not given by) the country's founding fathers.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: MindMadeUp 5/18/2020 1:46:52 PM (No. 414852)
Like asking the recent victim of a shark attack, just out of the hospital, if people should swim in the ocean.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: EQKimball 5/18/2020 1:51:28 PM (No. 414854)
We have a niece who hasn’t driven a car for the past five years because of a prior accident she came out of unhurt. Her brother meanwhile has survived three tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan and hopes to complete a career in the Army. Right now he is attached to special forces, current precise whereabouts classified. One person’s experience and resilience can never be a prescription for everyone else.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: worried 5/18/2020 1:58:11 PM (No. 414861)
Hey, Ron, I'm elderly and have not bothered to lock myself in. I don't use a mask or worry if someone comes within 6 feet of me. I still do the shopping without gloves, and don't wipe down the packages I bring home. I do wash my hands often, but did that before the virus. I am not afraid, and I am in what they called the most likely candidates to catch it. I've only got one life and why squander what's left of it behind closed doors? That would be like practicing death.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: cor-vet 5/18/2020 2:04:04 PM (No. 414869)
Thank you, poster #14!!!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: GW_Rider 5/18/2020 2:07:34 PM (No. 414873)
USA Today. Not a legitimate news source.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: cheeflo 5/18/2020 2:12:08 PM (No. 414875)
I didn't read the article, but I wondered about that, #4. I was going to post a comment wondering what it was that he was really sick from. Certainly the virus complicated his condition, and amen that he survived, but his circumstances are extraordinary and his is not a typical experience -- far from it. Leave it to the media to use him as a tool.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: HammerDax56 5/18/2020 2:13:54 PM (No. 414877)
“Old panic” Is wearing thin. Get us some “new panic” Also “old media” wore thin long ago.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: DCGIRL 5/18/2020 2:22:01 PM (No. 414883)
My understanding, ventilators are only to be used for 7 days. How did he get on one for 37 days? Something is wrong or maybe I'm not informed properly.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: DVC 5/18/2020 2:26:25 PM (No. 414891)
BOOOO! Run and hide. Dem-panic. Can't have folks being free.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: DVC 5/18/2020 2:29:32 PM (No. 414893)
Transplant patients are the highest possible risk. They spend the rest of their lives trying to suppress their immune system which is trying to rid them of that foreign object - the transplanted organ. A suppressed immune system cannot fight any serious virus.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: flygal 5/18/2020 2:44:40 PM (No. 414915)
#19; ventilators can be used long term, years in fact (for those who have high cervical spine injuries such as Christopher Reeves, for example). However, due to the tube going down the throat to the lungs (ET tube) that delivers the breaths causing tissue damage, and not allowing people to "talk" while on ventilator, a trach is done after 7-14 days, dependent on facility and doctors. From an old ER/ICU/Flight nurse, wishing she could be on the front lines again...
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Reply 23 - Posted by: BarryNo 5/18/2020 2:55:35 PM (No. 414927)
I was sick as a dog back in early January. My wife was worse about 10 days later. Fever, body aches, she had trouble breathing - sound familiar? We're sorry you people had so much trouble. But let's move on.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Nimby 5/18/2020 3:08:11 PM (No. 414936)
He can stay locked down in his house. The rest of us would like to move on with our normal lives
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Clinger 5/18/2020 3:43:37 PM (No. 414963)
And 4 out of 5 doctors recommend Camels. Of course they did 537 groups of 5 until they found the magic one. Yea right, who doubted you ability to collect a handful of anecdotal examples to advance your leftist agenda.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Quigley 5/18/2020 3:50:45 PM (No. 414967)
I was in a car wreck and therefore I don't think people ought to be driving at all. Let's just park our cars until the "all clear". The E-Lite will let us know when it's "all clear."
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Reply 27 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 5/18/2020 4:00:31 PM (No. 414969)
Lock down sure did a lot for Ron. This story is proof that the lock down doesn't help and may make it worse.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: judy 5/18/2020 4:04:18 PM (No. 414971)
USA Today GO TO H!!!
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Reply 29 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 5/18/2020 4:40:27 PM (No. 414997)
USA Today is pushing to extend the shutdown. Bet they wouldn't take that position if they were shutdown or if the President was a Democrat. As for Ron Wilkins, hope he realizes he has to be the frontline defense to protect himself from getting sick. He knows his situation the best, and their are no guarantees that he won't get sick. Limiting the number of people he sees might help, but ultimately its up to him. The world cannot stop because he is sick.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Jethro bo 5/18/2020 5:13:02 PM (No. 415025)
One wonders the true number of deaths caused by COVID. Deaths such as people waiting for lung transplants but unable to be put on the list because of goobernment shutting down visits to transplant centers. I know two that have died becasue they couldn't be seen by a transplant center in a timely fashion. Herr Fauci didn't responed to request for comment. And how many lung masses have ben delayed evaluation becasue they couldn't see a doctor? Not that a couple of months delay in a lung cancer diagnosis means anything to goobernment bureaucrats and elected mini-dictators. The true number of COVID related suicide will never be known nor does our goobernment care. Drug and alcohol deaths do to social isolation? Forget about knowing those numbers. And how many millions have suffered pain, shortness of breath, debility and infimery becasue they couldnn't see a care giver becasue healthcare offices have been closed? Death, suffering are meaningless to our goobernment. Power and control are the lifesblood to our new mini-dictators reality.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: anniebc 5/18/2020 5:45:46 PM (No. 415060)
Stay home and wash your hands a lot, Ron. Sorry for your illness, but the world must keep spinning. We're not all here to make you feel safe. Buy a bubble.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: Chuzzles 5/18/2020 8:52:11 PM (No. 415209)
People like this guy need to butt out and stop expecting the majority to bow to the minority. If you want to extend your home stay you are free to do so. Just stop expecting the rest of us to join you. We have lives to lead and we want to live them. Guys like this kinda ruin it for the rest of the survivors.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: Rumblehog 5/18/2020 8:55:59 PM (No. 415218)
Don't believe any leftist whiners in Austin.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: red1066 5/18/2020 10:21:51 PM (No. 415263)
What was this guys medical history? He must have had a really weak immune system to end up on a vent for over a month.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: RuckusTom 5/18/2020 11:12:43 PM (No. 415303)
Is kidney failure a feature of Covid, or did Ron have some underlying conditions?
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Reply 36 - Posted by: DVC 5/19/2020 1:14:11 AM (No. 415369)
#35, it was a transplanted kidney, those are pretty fragile to begin with and require strong, life-long immunosupressant drugs. This is a person who REALLY needed to isolate himself in a fortress somewhere.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 5/19/2020 4:18:56 AM (No. 415421)
Always something new to WORRY ABOUT!!! I’m done, Karen! I’m going to live my life with courage! You know what happens when you WORRY? Nothing...we all die! Worry about what happens after that! Now you are thinking right! Seek the Lord and you will find him in Christ Jesus and your worries are over!
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Reply 38 - Posted by: JackBurton 5/19/2020 10:43:29 AM (No. 415762)
This all sounds, oh, what's the word?, oh yeah... Anecdotal.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: 4Justice 5/20/2020 4:12:13 AM (No. 416529)
As a kid, I had horses. I was always told that if you get thrown or fall off, get right back on or you will never ride again. So true. And yes, I got thrown and fell, but got back on even though I was sore as heck. Fear from a bad experience can make people afraid to even live. These people are not qualified to decide what is best for all of us.
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