'I wanted to show everyone how badly being sedated for 6 weeks on a ventilator or intubated can be, ' Schultz wrote alongside the photo. It can affect you, " Schultz said.
He said it exhausted him to stand up at the hospital to click the photograph, but he shared the transformation pics on social media to warn others that the disease could happen to anyone. I thought I was young enough that it wouldn't affect me, and I know a lot of people think that.
A nurse has shared dramatic before-and-after pictures to show that anyone can be at risk of COVID-19.
'I was so weak. "This was one of the most frustrating parts", he told the news outlet. I couldn't hold my cellphone - it was so heavy. He couldn't type easily and his hands trembled most of the time.More news: Khashoggi sons' pardon is step towards killers' release, says United Nations investigator
Mr Schultz, who was hospitalised on March 16, had travelled to Boston to visit his boyfriend, Josh Hebblethwaite, 29, on March 14.
A week before being rushed to the hospital with serious symptoms, Schultz attended Miami Beach's Winter Party Festival. "There were no real restrictions in place, though". We just thought "well, we gotta wash our hands more and be wary of touching our face,"' he said.
But just a week later he began feeling ill, and within days he was in hospital with a bad fever and fluid in his lungs as he began a weeks-long fight for his life.
Two days later, he was in the hospital with a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit and liquid in his lungs. "I didn't think it was as serious as it was until after things started happening", Schultz told BuzzFeed News. It took four and a half weeks for him to start breathing on his own again.More news: Ben Roethlisberger Scolded By Governor Over Haircut During COVID-19
Hebblethwaite arranged to become his medical proxy. When in hospital as a patient one loses track of time, he said. "It was definitely scary". Hospital staff put him on a ventilator and moved him to the coronavirus ward, where he fought through the virus until he was strong enough to go into a recovery room on May 2. "I pretty much cried when I looked in the mirror", Schultz added. "But I was so happy to see him at that point".
"The negative stuff bothers me", Schultz told BuzzFeed News, "but it doesn't bother me that much, because I've gotten so much positive feedback".
After being released, the first thing Schultz said he craved...
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