Brian Lee Hitchens adopted Facebook to try to convince anyone with questions that COVID-19 is real and powerful.
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PALM BEACH GARDENS – Brian Lee Hitchens was a coronavirus skeptic until illness led him to hospital in Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.
Now the resident of Jupiter Farms wants people to know that the virus is dangerous and real. He went to Facebook to share his experience.
He told the Palm Beach Post on Monday that he did not understand how the coronavirus deniers who, in recent weeks, protested the shelter measures on the spot, still believe that the virus – which keeps him hospitalized since the April 19 – is a hoax.
“I tell these protesters, how did I go to the emergency room and how positive am I? How can I make it up? Said Hitchens, who admitted that his Facebook posts had received “ruthless” comments.
“I haven’t tested myself. It’s not something invented. “
Hitchens, a carpool driver who works for Lyft and Uber, is still in hospital, recovering slowly but feeling better after rounds of medication that included a plasma transfusion to fight the virus.
His wife, whose name he refused to give, also remains there in critical condition. It is connected to a fan.
He admits that at first he thought the virus was not something to worry about. He said he had heard so many different things that it was not clear “what was real and what was not”.
“I honor what our government says to do during this epidemic, but I don’t fear this virus because I know my God is bigger than this virus ever will be,” Hitchens posted on Facebook April 2.
He said he was determined to continue living his life “and because I am a man of faith, I prayed every day.”
About a week later, and a few days before they got sick, he told his wife that they might have to start wearing masks when they got out. Uber and Lyft have started to demand that all workers wipe their cars several times a day, in addition to wearing masks.
But by the time Hitchens did it, it was already too late.
” I did my best. I’m sorry about my thoughts before I wear a mask and I know I should have done it, “he said,” but for some people it doesn’t matter. “
When he and his wife started to have symptoms, Hitchens believed it was nothing more than a cold or the flu, but it soon became apparent that they were dealing with something more serious.
“I started to feel short of breath, like I was running a 10-mile marathon or something,” he said. “My energy was zapped. I was so tired and lethargic. He said his wife had similar symptoms but had trouble keeping food.
On April 18, he posted on Facebook: “I have been sick at home for more than a week. My wife and I are sick at home. I have no energy and all I want is to sleep. “
Hitchens said he had only been able to see his wife twice in the four weeks they were hospitalized.
“I saw her when they transported me to intensive care on the third floor where COVID non-critical patients are treated,” he said. “They let me stop for a few minutes near his room. I couldn’t go in, but I was able to say hello.
“Even if she didn’t answer, the nurse said she could see her eyes move, so I think she recognized my voice. “
Improving the condition of the hitchens was not enough to get him out. A second negative test, determining when a patient can go home, came back on Sunday. He said on Monday that he did not know when he would leave the medical center.
Hitchens praised the doctors and nurses caring for him, his wife, and other COVID-19 patients. He said that medical personnel told him that his wife’s body was stronger but that his lungs were still not working properly and that it was difficult for him to breathe on his own.
“When I first came to the hospital, a lot came to mind,” said Hitchens on Monday.
“I know without a doubt that God forgives even if humanity does not. I want to encourage people to comply because it is a scourge and we have to be careful. »»