Prior to the events that followed, we both laughed, he said, “Renee’, boy I’m to take my temperature every time I go to work”. I said dang, we haven’t started that protocol at the state. Kudos to the State of Arkansas.
1) Brother: Renee’ I feel bad (Thursday, April 1, 2020)
2) Me: Boy, I knew something was wrong because I didn’t get my yearly April fools prank/ Go to your PCP
3) I made an appointment scheduled for tomorrow
4) Me: What he say? (April 3, 2020)
5) he said they didn’t have a test and gave me something or didn’t for the flu
6) Me: Brother go to the emergency room,
7) Brother, since it’s the flu bring me some Nyquil 6) Me: Okay, Nyquil will not knock anything out (April 23, 2020)
8) Jacobi ( son), Auntie Renee’, I feel sick to my stomach bad(Saturday, April 4, 2020)) Me: Jacobi wake your dad since you need to go, get him up so that he can get checked out, later Jacobi what they son, gave me something for my stomach, what they say about Richard, Jacobi, ‘they cleared him’ (no FEVER) (April 6, 2020). CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CLEARED HIM BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE A FEVER. APRIL 6, 2020 DUE TO POOR PROTOCOL AN ENTIRE EMERGENCY ROOM FULL OF CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS WERE EXPOSED TO COVID-19.
9) Jacobi (approximately 2:00 a.m., Jacobi calls Auntie Renee’ bring me something for my stomach it still hurts, me okay, ya’ll killing me, get in my car and take him some over the counter medicine, how is your dad, he’s in his room sleeping.
10) I return home, receive a call from Children’s Hospital on April 6, 2020, at approximately 8:20 a.m from Children’s Hospital requesting permission to treat Jacobi. Where is his dad? Children’s hospital, the doctor says she will have Jacobi contact me. Jacobi calls as I’m on my way to Children’s; he tells me his dad is at Baptist Medical Center because he was feeling so bad. When EMS, they noticed my brother was in distress and transported him to Baptist Medical Center. While still at Children’s waiting for Jacobi to finish his treatment,t I let the doctor know that I needed to contact the hospital, to check on my brother, their phone was continuously busy. Finally, a doctor said that he would call and informed me that he was, in fact, still there. As the Children’s Emergency room doctor chastised a 16 y/o about not telling her about the possibility of COVID-19, did you or the nurse ask the right question? About 15 minutes later, I received a call from Baptist Medical Center informing me that Richard was on a vent, but stable.
11) From Monday to Thursday I made contact 3 times a day, complaining that they were not keeping me abreast on the times they gave me that they would contact me (9 a.m., 3 p.m, and 9 p.m.) I often had to initiate the call, but understanding that the medical staff may be overwhelmed but still frustrated because he/was is my loved one.
12) Thursday, April 9, 2020, I received a call at 5:56 a.m, informed me that Richard had coded, I asked them to try all life serving measures again. At approximately 6:09 a.m. received a call from the nurse of Baptist Medical Center informing me that Richard died, and there was nothing else that could be done.
In 9 days, COVID-19 took my brothers. I would be remiss in not noting that he was 60 years old with high blood and pressure a Diabetes. Both age and diseases decrease the chances of survival.
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY I WRITE THIS TO SAY THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY FAILED MY BROTHER BY IGNORING HIS SYMPTOMS. NOT THAT IT MAY HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE, BUT HE DID ALL THE THINGS THAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO, AND THOSE SYMPTOMS WERE IGNORED.
BELIEVE THAT COVID-19 IS REAL, PRACTICE ALL SAFETY MEASURES.
COMPLETE AND UTTER SHOCK!
I would like to thank Hannah (one of Richard’s nurses) for her honesty and the care she provided my brother.
I will never get to see him again. I will cherish the memories and appreciate the outpouring of love and kindness shown to my family. When the Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, calls you to offer condolences, I knew that my brother was special Shout out to his last employer Arkansas Community Corrections for their concern and many contacts to our family.
Submitted by: Zora Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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