SPRINGFIELD, Oregon — Hospitalizations are declining here in Oregon, and things are looking good, especially for a Springfield mom who just went through a parent’s worst nightmare.
Amy Cholewinski, a mother of three, said her 11-year-old son, Spencer, spent nearly two weeks in two different hospitals battling COVID-19.
She said he had a fever of about 104 degrees after the first eight days, but then it got worse as his fever peaked to 107 degrees.
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First, Spencer spent three days at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield. But when his case got more serious, he was transported to Portland’s Randall Children’s Hospital.
“As much as you trust doctors to tell you what to do, they didn’t know what to do. So it’s just an unpredictable thing. So they started talking about sending him to Portland to the children’s hospital. So they sent their transport team down and that’s where we went on the 27th,” Cholewinski said.
Spencer said his experience was sometimes indescribable and he was often overwhelmed.
“It’s really exhausting when you have COVID. I don’t really know how to explain it,” Spencer said. “I kept asking my mom, ‘Am I going to die?'”
According to Dr. Malaika Little, a pediatric infection expert at Randall Children’s Hospital, cases like Spencer’s are very rare, but each case is very different.
“I can tell you that we’re seeing all of kids who have been screened and are COVID positive, and it’s really just part of the reason they’re in the hospital, or maybe not even a really clinically important reason why they’re in the hospital.” hospital, for kids coming in who need the ICU and a huge amount of really what we call multi-system support, so really need it for their whole body,” Little said.
She also said there are some effects after a child gets COVID-19, and they may not happen right away.
“Everything from the post-inflammatory syndrome, where they’ve really cured their infection, but this is a later body effect of having that virus before, to again kids with other health problems and COVID really complicates their care,” Little said.
Although he is home safe and sound, Cholewinski said Spencer has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
“It’s all about building stamina; now he has trouble breathing, even getting up to go to the toilet can be a challenge, so he still has a way to go,” Cholewinski said.
For Spencer, his focus is getting stronger. He said eager to go back to school. But meanwhile, he and his mother count their blessings, knowing that his struggle could have been worse.
“It was definitely a win,” Cholewinski said.