Being put on a ventilator: Why I would never consent to it
- Created on Monday, 30 August 2021 06:57
I would NEVER go on a ventilator. I suppose if I were unconscious, it might happen because I had no control. But, the vast majority of Covid patients on ventilators weren’t unconscious to begin with. They were conscious when the doctor recommended that he render them unconscious and ventilate them, and they frickin' agreed to it!
You realize that to be ventilated you have to undergo general anesthesia. Then, they have to sedate you further with other drugs. They also have to give you paralytic drugs to paralyze your muscles so that your respiratory muscles don’t interfere with the machine that is forcing air into your lungs. There is a great likelihood of damaging the lung and causing infection. It can also result in gangrene of your extremities.
I know of a 7 year old boy to which this happened. He was ventilated, not for Covid, but for another infection. The result was that he had to undego the amputation of both legs and part of one arm, all the result of being ventilated. Can you imagine what his life is like today? I don’t have to imagine it. I get to see it. He is a friend of my grandson’s.
You know, I don’t think life is going to be that easy for kids going forward, the way things are today. But, imagine how they are going to be for him. He’s 8 now, but if he reaches his teens, and his hormones start flowing, and he becomes interested in girls, what’s that going to be like for him? Can you imagine the misery that lies ahead for him? And what can anybody do about it? Nothing.
Here’s a study that found that 84% of ventilated patients age 70 and older died in the hospital.
I’m over 70. So, why would I consent to be ventilated?
This article reports an overall death rate among ventilated patients of 88%.
Now listen: I’m not interested in telling anyone else what to do. I just want to tell you what I would do- for me.
First, if I am conscious and alert, I must be getting enough oxygen. It may be below normal, but my brain is being supplied. So no matter what they tell me about how dire and dangerous it is, the fact that my brain is working tells me that I’m above the threshold.
Second, if I can talk, then I know I’m breathing. Talking is a modified form of expiration. And you can’t expire unless you previously inspired To take a patient who can talk rather normally and then knock them out to put them on a ventilator? That, to me, is medical assault. I consider it a crime.
Why put them on a ventilator? If anything, you just put them on oxygen. You don’t knock them out, paralyze them, and cram a tube down their throat, so that a machine, in a very damaging way, can force oxygen into their lungs.
And the whole idea that a person on a ventilator is getting “rest” is language debauchery to the extreme.
Go ahead and read this article:
Most coronavirus patients who end up on ventilators go on to die, according to several small studies from the U.S., China and Europe.
And many of the patients who continue to live can't be taken off the mechanical breathing machines.
"It's very concerning to see how many patients who require ventilation do not make it out of the hospital," says Dr. Tiffany Osborne, a critical care specialist at Washington University in St. Louis who has been caring for coronavirus patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
That concern is echoed by Negin Hajizadeh, a pulmonary critical care doctor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell on Long Island, N.Y.
"We have had several patients between the hospitals across the Northwell system that have come off the breathing machine," Hajizadeh says. "But the vast majority are unable to."
The largest study so far to look at mortality among coronavirus patients on ventilators was done by the Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre in London. It found that among 98 ventilated patients in the U.K., just 33 were discharged alive.
The numbers from a study of Wuhan, China, are even grimmer. Only 3 of 22 ventilated patients survived.
All the early research suggests that once coronavirus patients are placed on a ventilator, they will probably need to stay on it for weeks. And the longer patients remain on a breathing machine, the more likely they are to die.
"We're not sure how much help ventilators are going to be," Osborn says. "They may help keep somebody alive in the short term. We're not sure if it's going to help keep someone alive in the long term."
Patients need a ventilator when their lungs can no longer deliver enough oxygen to keep the body going. And it's an extreme measure, Osborn says.
"We give sedation so the person goes to sleep. Then we provide a paralytic that stops their breathing," she says.
Next, a long plastic tube is inserted through the trachea and vocal cords. That allows a machine to deliver small puffs of highly oxygenated air to the lungs.
Unfortunately, Osborn says, "the ventilator itself can do damage to the lung tissue based on how much pressure is required to help oxygen get processed by the lungs."
And coronavirus patients often need dangerously high levels of both pressure and oxygen because their lungs have so much inflammation.
Another risk from being on a ventilator is that the tube carrying air and extra oxygen to the lungs provides a pathway for dangerous germs. Many ventilated patients get a new lung infection, a problem known as ventilator-associated pneumonia."
RC: Notice that It says that they give the person sedation so that they go to sleep. Of course, that is a lie; it isn’t sleep. But, it tells you that that the patients were conscious and probably talking too, and they let themselves be talked into this Frankenstinian procedure.
As I said, they would never talk me into being ventilated. If they pressured me to go on a ventilator, I would curse at them. If they told me I could die if I don't, I'd tell them that I could die if I do. But actually, I wouldn’t even be there. If I got Covid, I would just stay home. Why would I go to the hospital? Because I couldn’t breathe? OK, let’s talk about that.
I can remember the last time I got the flu. It was right about the millennium. So, it’s been over 20 years. I stayed home and recovered spontaneously. I was uncomfortable and achy for 5 or 6 days, but I wasn’t struggling to breathe. I never once felt that I was in danger of dying. There was no fear in me at all. I recall coughing, but I was never in severe respiratory distress. I never felt like I was suffocating.
So, what would happen if I got Covid? Well, if it progressed beyond what I experienced with the flu, then it would be a brand-new experience for me. I don’t recall ever in my life being that sick. I have never had pneumonia in my life that I know of.
The point is that feeling sick enough to go to the hospital due to respiratory distress has never happened to me, and I would have to be several times sicker than I’ve ever been to do it. In other words, if I take the sickest I can ever recall being and double it, I’d still stay home.
A vicious cycle sets in with most people. If they think they’re having trouble breathing, that they’re not getting enough air, they panic. And when they panic, they start gasping and straining to breathe, and that just makes it worse. Then they panic more and strain more and it just keeps spiraling down.
They don’t know how to breathe. When they strain to get more oxygen, they wind up getting less oxygen. They are in a state of panic, which only makes it worse.
My problem is that I have no experience with Covid. I’ve never laid eyes on anyone acutely ill with Covid. I’ve spoken to a few people who have had it. One was a cousin of mine who was down for about two weeks. But, he never experienced respiratory distress at all. He had no trouble breathing. For him, it was mainly severe weakness and body aches. In other words, he had flu symptoms, but they think it was Covid. And he did stay home and recover spontaneously without any medical treatment.
Our 63 year old paraplegic governor here in Texas got Covid and never had any symptoms. Then, 4 days later, he tested negative again. And that was it. So, how did he brush it off so fast while previously healthy young people are getting it and winding up on ventilators and dying? How do you make sense of that? You don't. Something is wrong. I recall what Ayn Rand used to say: “When faced with a contradiction, check your premises.”
One thing I do know is that they have killed an awful lot of people with those ventilators.
I’ll tell you what: Next time I’m going to talk about breathing in detail, and when I’m done, you’re going to understand the process of breathing better than most doctors do.