Nurse Shows What 6 Weeks On A Ventilator Does To The Body After COVID-19 Battle

Mike Schultz — a nurse at San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center — has finally left the hospital after a nearly two-month battle with COVID-19.

Schultz, 43, began experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms days after attending the LGBTQ Task Force’s Winter Party in early March with his boyfriend, Joshua Hebblethwaite, a DJ at the festivities. He was hospitalized for the novel coronavirus in mid-March.

For over six weeks, he had been on a ventilator at an ICU at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, Mass.

Schultz took to Instagram last week to “show everyone how badly being sedated for 6 weeks on a ventilator or intubated can be.”

“Amongst other things, covid19 reduced my lung capacity with pneumonia,” he wrote. “Over 8 weeks I’ve been away from family and friends Getting stronger everyday and working to increase my lung capacity.”

“I’ll get back to where I was in healthier ways this time….maybe even do cardio,” he added.

“After 57 days in the hospital not able to see any visitors, battling covid induced pneumonia, I’m finally going home!” Schultz wrote on May 13. “Had to make a stop at McDonald’s with my guardian angel, my best friend, and my boyfriend, Joshua Hebblethwaite. There aren’t enough words to describe how thankful I am for his help, for the support from my family, and for the thoughts and prayers of so many of you. I appreciate all of your kind words. I still have months of recovery ahead of me. So happy I get to spend it with Josh.”