“Originally, I was just a bit tired, just out of breath. Wasn’t really feeling very good,” stated Eric Florka, COVID-19 survivor.
Florka, of Lapeer, contracted coronavirus in April. He went from being wholesome and stuffed with life to combating for his life.
“I just remember one day waking up in the ICU with a piece of equipment over my face. Felt like I was getting punched in the face with oxygen,” Florka stated.
Florka’s situation worsened whereas in intensive care.
“I couldn’t breathe. I was gasping for air. Every time I’d take a deep breath in, wondering if the last breath that I took was going to be the last breath that I had,” he stated.
When docs first informed him he had COVID-19, he didn’t assume it could get as unhealthy because it did. But he quickly discovered himself getting ready to say goodbye to his family members.
“I reached out to my family and got my affairs in order. Made my peace with God and realized I was going to be visiting him soon,” Florka stated.
But success stepped in.
Doctors informed Florka his blood sort was a match to plasma that was supposed for a affected person who not wanted it as a result of that affected person recovered.
“That plasma treatment got me out of the ICU and I was eventually transferred into another unit called PCU, where I could work on the rest of my recovery,” Florka stated.
He was additionally authorized by the FDA for a medicine referred to as remdesivir and was later cleared to return house a month after contracting the virus.
In June, he acquired his first unfavorable COVID-19 check and stays unfavorable at present. But after nearly dying from the virus, he’s now elevating consciousness for others to masks up and gradual the unfold as COVID-19 circumstances surge throughout Michigan.
“I want people to understand that masking up helps and I’m pushing a mask-up initiative. I want people to mask up,” Florka stated.