NAL Thanks You for Your Continued Support and Patience As We Fight Our Way Back
A Message from Niagara at Large Publisher and Reporter Doug Draper
Posted January 2nd, 2022 on Niagara At Large
From a Hospital Bed in Niagara, Ontario
A few interesting things happened to me on the days leading up to Christmas Day and New Year’s.
It began with a nagging chest cough that would not go away in spite of how many over the shelf cough suppressant products I threw its way. Congestion grew in my chest and I found myself feeling weak to a point where I had to find a place to sit and catch my breath, even after doing something as simple as taking the recycling bins from a backyard shed at home to curbside.
Then, as time went by, my chest began convulsing when I went to bed at night, leaving me fighting for air to a point where I feared I was going to have a heart attack.
The first thing that crossed my mind was COVID. But then why me when I had hardly been out anywhere since the pandemic began in early 2020, and since my wife and I had been vaccinated with both shots of the Moderna last spring, and since we both received the Pfizer booster in the first week of this past December.
If the symptoms I was now suffering were because of COVID, I thought, I will never hear the end of it from people I have been badgering on Niagara At Large to get the vaccine for their sake and for the sake of everyone around them.
But it wasn’t COVID that I had.
With the gasping for air frightening me enough to finally ask my wife two days after Christmas to call for an ambulance, the paramedics were able to figure out the real problem before we even got to the great big hospital out in west St. Catharines. It was congenital heart failure manifested, in my case, by a heart that was beating so rapidly, it seemed about to explode.
In fact the COVID test done on me shortly after my arrival at the hospital turned out to be negative which is one of the few positive things I can say about the state of my health over the past two or three week.
At the moment, my future prognosis remains an open question and all I am desperately wanting to do right now is go home to my wife, daughter and our cat Alice.
NAL will try to provide you with updates.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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