Segun Awolowo, grandchild of Obafemi Awolowo, former premier of western Nigeria, who contracted COVID-19 of recent has described his experience.
According to him, the fear of COVID-19 is a killer.
He narrated that his COVID-19 ordeal began one Saturday morning when he could not go for his usual walk because of “extreme fatigue”.
He said th fatigue was “something I had never experienced before in my life”.
He said himself and his wife was eventually diagnosed with COVID-19, when they went to see his doctor.
“Finally, we decided that I simply had to go to the hospital as I wasn’t getting any better. My wife was apprehensive because my hospital is First Cardiology Consultants, and they have not been too popular in the media recently, as the media has chosen to highlight the unfortunate losses of several high profile personalities while failing to document that they have an 82 percent survival rate which is higher than most hospitals in the United Kingdom,” he said while sharing his experience on Facebook.
He said he however insisted on going there as both Dr Adeyemi Johnson and Dr Kofo Ogunyakin have his medical history and are his greatest confidence.
“Then the shocker! We both tested positive for COVID-19, my wife was asymptomatic while I was already ill. The doctor looked worried as he gave us both diagnoses.
“Looking at the doctor’s somehow downcast and gloomy mien coupled with my brother Sola Braithwaite’s demeanour who had insisted on accompanying us to the hospital was the moment the fear came down on me! I strongly believe the fear of this coronavirus is the real killer.
He said the doctor then sent them to do a CT scan in order to ascertain the extent of the damage.
“The ride to the lab was the longest, my wife drove and I was collapsed in the passenger seat, we were both worried sick about ourselves and our children and domestic staff who had by now reported to the hospital to get tested.
“Thankfully they all tested Negative). I tried to lighten the mood with some dry jokes but these, of course, didn’t work.”
Awolowo said after getting their laboratory results, the doctors expressed some satisfaction and prescribed Colchicine, Azithromicine, Vitamins C, D and Rivaroxaban for them.
The lawyer said he and his wife subsequently isolated themselves in a part of their home.
“We received numerous advice from friends and family to experiment with all sorts of herbal remedies (Our Nigerian way). We however succumbed to the inhalation of the traditional Dogon Yaro leaves (the bark, leaves of the Neem Tree) but also stayed the course of the recommended treatment by the doctors and by the 5th day I was feeling much stronger,” he said.
“At the end of the week, I got the all-clear and my wife took a little longer to get better, so we switched roles and I had to take care of her. (remember it’s for better for worse). After another week we went back to the hospital and we both got the all-clear check.”