Someone asked me the other day how things have changed since more and more people are getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The truth is, it’s night and day different. As the medical director of Infectious Diseases TeleHealth at Intermountain Healthcare, I’ve had a front-row seat to the devastation caused by the virus. In the past couple of months, we’ve seen fewer cases of serious illness and death. Our ICUs and other hospital units are feeling less stress.
We got a very small glimpse of the hospital as a whole when we had our baby here, but we were blown away by the care we received by the Labor/Delivery and Mother/Baby units.
When Dan Mangelson and his wife, Annie, walked the halls at American Fork Hospital before the birth of their daughter Lydia, they looked at the photos on the walls of newborn babies and wondered what their own child would look like. When their daughter was born later that night, they learned she had Down syndrome.
Surgery for my three-year-old son was so smooth!
America started to breathe a little easier once the first COVID-19 vaccines were rolled out. But experts warn that we still have a few more laps to run to beat the virus because of new variants entering the race. The Centers for Disease Control says that variants pose a threat that could reverse the improvements we’re seeing nationwide in new cases and hospitalizations.
My nurse in ICU motivated me every day...with her encouragement I was able to survive COVID and go home. They saved my life.