His “flu man” plunges him into a coma
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Eric Denis Fournier was in full health when it was hit by the flu in march 2016. He fell into a coma before you spend six weeks in intensive care and three months in the hospital.
Eric Denis Fournier was in full health when it was hit by the flu in march 2016. And to say that he has caught a true “flu man” would be rather low. He fell into a coma before you spend six weeks in intensive care and three months in the hospital.
See his testimony to the issuance of Denis Lévesque in the video above
One morning, a man of 46 years has risen with the symptoms of a flu, “as just about everyone on the board has probably had in his life”, he says to Denis Lévesque.
Mr. Fournier, however, someone who claims to be “active and fit”, spends the first day with “Advils”. The next day, his situation becomes worse. “I’m starting to have sweats, pressure in the stomach, trouble breathing, decreased appetite,” details there, but he is confident that all of this was going to happen.
Few are motivated to go to the hospital and having to wait his turn, he decides to endure his pain for a third day. He felt a pressure on his chest. “And there, the fever had started… 39 degrees approximately.”
Its a joint the place in front of a choice : we went to the emergency room or called an ambulance. Mr. Fournier is, of course, makes the urgency of the Cité de la santé in Laval. “When I arrived I may be 50 meters to walk, but I have the misery to make me,” he says. I feel like a marathoner who just crossed the finish line and who has more juice.”
In sweat from head to toe, the patient is then placed in isolation by the medical team, while his immune system is at its lowest. “From that moment on, it starts to be a blur, I lose a little card,” he says.
Mr. Fournier divides his stay in the hospital in two segments. “About three months where I was in the hospital, six weeks ago that I have little to no memories. As for the other six weeks, from the time I fall to intermediate care, there, I’m a little more conscious and I get less medication. I realize of what happen to me,” he points out.
Weakened because of the flu, Mr. Fournier is not the end of his sentences. It was then struck by a pulmonary embolism. “I was the perfect candidate to pick up almost everything he had to the hospital.”
At a certain point, after 13-14 days in intensive care in Laval, a physician decides to transfer to the Hospital Sacred Heart, where a heart lung machine will be able to come to his rescue, because his lungs no longer work. His condition is critical: weight, usually at 175 pounds, has dropped to 132 pounds.
“I never panicked,” he admits to the host LCN. As a human, one would say that one has the ability to adapt to situations. Me, I was glad to be alive’, ” he says, acknowledging that it is more his family that has been disrupted.
Eric Denis Fournier believes that it has needed a full year before returning to a normal life.