Vincent Carter isn’t the first COVID-19 patient to be discharged from UC Davis Medical Center. But the 51-year old Sacramento resident got a special farewell from his 14th floor care team and other hospital staff this week. They wanted to make going home even more memorable after such a challenging and scary illness.
Carter spent two weeks at the medical center being treated for the novel coronavirus that has caused a pandemic and infected nearly two million people around the world.
Carter had been traveling up and down the east coast, from office to office, for work, and was also in New York City, before returning home to California last month. Once back in Sacramento, he began experiencing the high fevers, difficulty breathing and the loss of taste and smell – all well-known symptoms of coronavirus, and all serious enough to lead to his hospitalization and confirmation that he had contracted the virus.
Fortunately, while the illness affected his respiratory system, Carter didn’t need a ventilator to assist in breathing. But it was serious enough that UC Davis Health physicians enrolled him in one of the health system’s COVID-19 clinical trials. He also received medications to fight infection, plus lots of fluids.
Now, Carter has rebounded from the infection after his lengthy hospital stay. His sense of taste and smell have also returned, though it will take some time to gain back the 18 pounds he lost during the illness.
“I didn’t care about food” after the virus hit, Carter said.
He leaves the medical center today “feeling 100% better,” he added.
As to advice he would give to others during this pandemic: “Take social distancing very seriously. This illness doesn’t care about race, creed, color or age. It can snatch anyone. It is not a good thing.”
Carter added that it was the “love and support” of family, friends and his care team that helped get him through the very difficult and serious health problems caused by COVID-19.
With everyone at risk, Vincent Carter’s treatment and recovery offers a bit of promising news in this time of the worldwide pandemic.