MAN WITH HOSPITAL RECORD OF LONGEST STAY ON VENTILATOR SURVIVES
Doctors Exceed the CDC Hospital Protocol Putting Young Powerlifter on Remdesivir for 22 Days
I am Brian Lam, 39 years old, and I spent 134 days in the hospital with Covid. My wife and mother-in-law also had Covid and were hospitalized. They were both a lot sicker than me when we went in. My wife’s oxygen when she got to the ER was 74%. My mother-in-law's was also in the low 70's but, to add to that, her blood sugar was over 500. They both got Lasix on their first day. My mother-in-law was there for six days and then went home. My wife was there for five days and went home.
I went in the day after my wife was admitted and my oxygen in the ER was 88%. They put me in a room with my wife. I was well enough to help her get around. We had different doctors; the doctor I had put me on Remdesivir and I quickly started getting sicker. On the day that my wife went home, they increased my oxygen to high flow. I continued to worsen and my wife called the hospital and demanded they switch me to the doctor she had and to put me on Lasix, the drug that she and her mom were given. They did not switch my doctor or take me off of Remdesivir. I was on it for 22 days and then they called my family in to tell me goodbye.
The doctor on shift at that time switched me to Lasix and in the first hour, they pulled four liters of fluid off of me. In the next two days, they pulled a total of 11 liters off. After that I spent 77 days on the vent before they could finally wake me up. For the next two weeks they would put me back on the ventilator at night. I had three chest tubes in my right lung. That lung had totally collapsed. I had a mucus plug that caused me to code so thank God for my nurses who brought me back.
I have done well with my recovery. I am blowing the doctors away at how fast I am recovering. I am a Powerlifter. I am up to a 75-pound dumbbell bench pressed and a 315-pound deadlift. I am only halfway to where I was before Covid, but I'm getting there. I am down to only 1.5 liters of Oxygen. At the hospital I was at, I have the record of the longest stay on the ventilator and survived. I have always felt like the Covid did not make me that sick - the doctors did.
I am very angry with how I was treated and feel that if I would have gotten Lasix from the start, I would have my life back, which seems to still be a ways away. Thank you.
This is a video the hospital made on my discharge day.