Being on oxygen did not deter Rejoice Morgan’s family from having her treated at home. And despite it being a scary experience, she found it more reassuring recuperating from her comfort zone. She shares on how she triumphantly beat Covid 19.
When Rejoice Morgan fell ill in late 2021, she was sure it was just an ordinary flu. “Normally, from the onset I always try to avoid going to hospital,” explains Rejoice. “So at the beginning, I contacted my doctor, Dr Theophillus Wangata of Precise Healthcare, who prescribed flu medication like he had done in the past,” she says. After a few days, the flu did not get better but instead became more aggressive. “I was clueless as to what was going on. All of a sudden, I felt very funny. By evening my breathing was laboured and my chest felt tight. Luckily my husband was around,” she explains.
The family reached out to Precise Healthcare who Rejoice says made a very quick move. “Suddenly I saw people in medics uniform coming to the house. I became so weak and my vision was blurred. I did not know exactly what was going on and my son had to make a quick decision,” explains Rejoice of the rapid response she and her family received from Precise Healthcare’s medical personnel. I started seeing other doctors streaming into our house… one, two, three… I counted them. Is it really this bad? I wondered. Rejoice narrates how she witnessed as the medical team transformed her bedroom into a hospital ward fully equipped with oxygen and IV (intravenous) stands.
“The following day I could barely recognise myself. I felt so bad. I was lucky to have Becky, one of the nurses who really helped me to cope,” explains Rejoice. “I did not imagine I would have contacted Covid 19 since I was always at home. I really avoided crowds and would go to the market during the day when most people were at work,” explains Rejoice. “One of the doctors, Dr Waceke was gracious and patient enough to explain to me what was going on. This made it easier as I was able to understand what was going on and why my body would behave in a certain way,” narrates Rejoice.
Rejoice applauds the teamwork from the entire Precise Healthcare team. “There’s a certain assurance you feel as a patient when you are being attended to round-the-clock. This not only ensures that your progress and reports are given out to the doctors concerned but it is also done in a timely manner. It gives you peace of mind and you are able to cope with the disease,” she narrates.
Rejoice is still on medication and oxygen when the need arises but she does not show any sign of distress throughout the entire interview, which was conducted in October, 2021. She, however, is glad as she can now eat on her own and is slowly recovering. She is also grateful to her family who worked tirelessly to make her comfortable. “The experience was extremely tramaustising. It never occurred in my head that I would ever be infected by the Corona virus,” she says.
She reveals, however, she is stronger and is grateful for her strong faith in God that she beat it. “Today if I was to talk to a ward full of Covid 19 patients, I would encourage them by telling them that Covid 19 is not a death sentence,” she says. “It is all about how you take it. If you choose to take it with positivity, your mind will help you to rise above it and if you choose to be negative about it, it affects you as such,” explains Rejoice. Handle it with a positive mind. It is something simple with God, she attests.
I’m glad Precise Healthcare made a really bad experience bearable, says Rejoice. “Being treated in your home, which is a familiar environment is reassuring. In addition, you are free to do everything else around the house,” she says as she praises the home-based medical care she received.
“Psychologically, it can be tramautising when you are in hospital and see other patients who are sicker than you. Your mind will not be at peace when you see people dying daily. It would truly be a terrible experience,” narrates Rejoice. “Being at home is peaceful and you can hear the kids playing while any parent would be worried sick about their children if they are lying in a hospital bed. Home-based care is effective and efficient and you do not get exposed to other infections unlike in a hospital setting,” she concludes.