Covid-19 Patients Treated in the Pediatrics Ward

3/2/2022

A True Story by The Muckrakers

The story below describes actual events described by a whistle blower who works in a very prominent hospital within a Southeastern Texas hospital system. The names of the hospital and individuals involved have been either removed or changed to protect them from repercussions.

Alice Martin is a nurse with a little more than two decades of professional nursing experience. She currently assists in the pediatric ward in one of the Southeastern Texas hospital systems in Texas. Like many other medical professionals, she has been working long shifts performing extra duties in other wards to help with the staff shortages. These shortages are due to other doctors and nurses quitting or getting laid off resulting from the decisions of hospital administrators over COVID-19 protocols from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which is a national organization whose mission statement is

“ CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats and responds when these arise.”

Alice has been working in various wards in this hospital system for several years and really enjoyed her job, until the pandemic started. Since then, her job has gotten really hard. She has had to work longer hours, perform duties outside of her scope of work, regularly test for COVID-19, and wear Personal Preventative Equipment (PPE) for longer than the recommended time… a LOT longer. She works extremely hard at her long and arduous job only to receive very little thanks for the work she does. Where once she was strong and mighty, now she is tired and worn.

Recently, Alice had an uncle, who we will call Stan, who tested positive for Covid-19.  He was an older gentleman, which meant he was in the age bracket of concern. Over a short period of time, the illness took a toll on Stan’s respiratory system. Stan was coughing a lot. He also had a severe headache. He decided that it was time to go to the hospital; a different one than Alice works.

While at the hospital, the staff asked if Stan had gotten inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine. He explained that he did indeed get the shot about a month ago. The medical staff recorded Stan’s vital signs, including his heart rate, oxygen levels, and listened to his lungs. Using a Pulse Oximeter, they found that Stan’s oxygen level was too low. Within a short period after the information was recorded, Stan was given supplemental oxygen.

While Stan was hooked up to the machine giving him oxygen, which was not a ventilator, he was texting his family letting them know he was okay. He would text his status as his oxygen level improved. At one point, he texted how impressed he was that he was feeling so much better.

About two hours into the oxygen treatment, a nurse showed up to his room letting him know that they wanted to give him Remdesivir to make sure that the virus was eradicated from his body. Stan agreed to receive the Remdesivir treatment. He texted his family letting them know that he decided to get the treatment. Several hours passed without a word from Stan. Stan was pronounced dead that evening.

Alice had been working a long shift that day. She didn’t hear the news until the next day. When the news finally made it to her ears, she became very tearful. She had learned the entire story from another relative. She saw all the texts sent by Stan… how he was feeling better… how he was going to be released the next morning.

Since then, Alice decided to research Remdesivir to understand the side effects and its efficacy. In her research, she found that the side effects of Remdesivir are kidney and liver injury. One thing she noted is that finding specific details of the side effects of Remdesivir seemed to be especially difficult. Unlike medications of the past, when finding medical journals and peer reviewed articles seemed to be fairly easy for the trained eye; this particular instance seemed to be unnecessarily difficult.

After finding and reading the information she had searched for, she decided that, as a nurse, she could not be a part of the medical community that issues that particular drug. She was taking responsibility for saving the life of others.

Weeks later, Alice started her shift with a surprise. She went through her typical Covid-19 screening, put on all her required PPE, and headed to the nurse’s station she typically worked at to start her day. Shortly after her arrival, she was called to assist in the pediatric ward. As she stepped through the doors to enter the pediatric ward, she noticed something different. One half of the ward was set up differently… oddly in fact. As Alice continued towards the pediatric ward, her supervisor appeared from behind her walking rather briskly past her. “C’mon! I need you to help me with this patient.” Alice hastened her walk to match her supervisor’s pace following her into one of the oddly configured rooms. As soon as Alice stepped into the room, she knew what she was being asked, or rather told, to do. “Prep him!” The supervisor stated firmly. Alice moved closer to the Intravenous (IV) packaging and looked at the label of the materials around it. Sure enough, she was being asked to give this patient Remdesivir. Remembering what happened to her uncle and all the information she learned about the medication’s side effects, she turned to her supervisor and looked at her with a surprised look.

A little less than a week after Alice’s uncle died, Alice had opened up to her supervisor, Carol, about what happened. She told Carol what she had learned when researching Remdesivir. Carol had consoled her about the tragedy. And now, Carol was asking Alice to perform the very thing that seemed to have killed her uncle.

Carol made the connection and relieved Alice of administering Remdesivir to this patient and all patients thereafter. A newer nurse to the hospital stepped in to take Alice’s place.

Alice slowly walked back from where she came. A friend of hers appeared from another corridor, approached her, and took it upon herself to explain that the hospital administration decided to treat outpatient Covid-19 adult patients in the pediatric ward. The idea was to separate the ward in half. Any new pediatric patient “would go down the hall” into a non-pediatric ward.  

Alice sat in disbelief thinking How in the world did we get here? as her colleague went to help give another patient in a different room, that was meant for pediatric patients, a Remdesivir infusion. Why are adults, with Covid-19, being treated in a ward meant for children? Why is the supervisor allowing the administering of Remdesivir injection when Alice explained the side effects? Is the supervisor explaining these side effects to the patients? What a way to start a shift.

In the recent years, the CDC has taken upon itself to demand our medical personnel, the modern-day heroes, to perform duties from which the consequences can and may be severe to the patients they try to help. If a medical professional raises objection to providing a specific treatment protocol because he/she needs more information, that person should be treated with the utmost respect. Instead, since 2021, medical professionals have been forced to follow CDC guidelines regardless of any concerns. This is why a Convention of States needs to happen. Government entities, particularly those managed by the federal government, have become incredibly powerful. If a doctor raises a question about a particular treatment, he or she is demonized; the entire weight of the federal government goes after them. The possibility of losing his or her practice license is at stake as well as going bankrupt due to the legal challenges the federal government imposes. We have got to take away the immense power of the government. Remember, it is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

If you want to be part of the movement, please join Convention of States. If you have a story you want to get out to the public, please email themuckrakers@protonmail.com.

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