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MetiNews.Com - The 53-year-old described herself as 'fit and healthy" with no underlying health conditions.
Breaking News ! A Scots mum who spent 12 terrifying days on a Covid-19 ward over Christmas Day and New Year says an Amazon oximeter saved her life. Nikki O'Hara was rushed to hospital days after testing positive for the virus on her son’s birthday, December 17. Her husband Rodger had already contracted the virus and suffered very mild symptoms. The 53-year-old describes herself as ‘fit and healthy’ and has no underlying health conditions. After testing positive for the virus, the children's charity director continued to work from her home in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, while self-isolating. Nikki and her partner Rodger (Image: Nikki O'Hara) Read More Related Articles Get the latest Scottish news sent straight to your inbox with our newsletters Read More Related Articles Dad fears rats may bite baby as terrified family plagued by rodents in the walls She decided to buy an oximeter that measures oxygen saturation levels with fingertip pulses on Amazon after pals suggested it, but assumed she would never have to use it. The mum of two credits the gadget with saving her life. On December 23, Nikki began to feel poorly and called NHS 24 after her symptoms got worse. Staff on the phone asked her to use the oximeter to measure her blood oxygen levels, but became concerned when she told them the results. A type oximeter available on Amazon Read More Related Articles Scots thug used knives and hammer in 'Reservoir Dogs' style torture session on bound victim after storming his Edinburgh home She was rushed to A&E at University Hospital Hairmyres as she struggled to breathe. Speaking to the Record, Nikki said: “When I started to feel ill I thought I’ll just be like everyone else and have a bit of a cough and a headache. A picture of Nikki when she felt stronger in hospital. (Image: Nikki O'Hara) Read More Related Articles Scots driver charged for not defrosting car windows properly Coronavirus in Scotland Reasons you can leave the house Woman fined for travelling seven miles Police chief lists worse breaches Click and collect allowed to stay open “When I first went into hospital I kept thinking how am I here? I've been pretty responsible the last 11 months.” For two days she was kept stable on oral antibiotics but her condition quickly went downhill and she developed a high temperature and pneumonia. Kids Katrin, 22, and Tom, 19, were ‘absolutely terrified’ as their mum’s condition worsened. Daughter Katrin who lives in the family home, then tested positive for coronavirus while her mum was in hospital. Nikki was given an IV and steroids before being placed on oxygen as she struggled to breathe on her own. She said the ordeal left her feeling ‘powerless’ and ‘frightened’ for other people. "I spent Christmas and New Year there but I didn't care. It was funny because I've a large circle of friends and family who wanted to keep my spirits up”, she said. "They asked are you not bored? Nikki, her mum and two sisters (Image: Nikki O'Hara) Read More Related Articles Dad fears rats may bite baby as terrified family plagued by rodents in the walls "I wasn't bored. I was just seriously ill. "You couldn't be bored because your head was so wrapped up in fear." She slowly began to recover towards the New Year and was released on January 5. The family were dealt another blow after Rodger’s dad, who suffered from dementia, died from Covid on Christmas Eve while Nikki was in a hospital bed.
. We didn’t think Covid would kill him but it did," she said. "It was awful. I just felt terrible because I couldn’t support Rodger." Now at home, Nikki is still recovering and struggles to climb the stairs or even make tea. She thinks she will need to see a counsellor to work through her Covid ordeal. She continued: “I’m not an anxious person - I’m probably the opposite but I am really scared of going out my house.
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“I’ve had over 20 bouquets of flowers, beautiful gifts and people dropping pf soup but even when people are at the door I’m really nervous - even the postman. "I was really excited to get home but when I got home I was absolutely terrified. In the hospital all the staff and nurses were always there to support me but when I came home no one. "I thought I might die during the night." The NHS were her "superstars" as Nikki hailed them for being everyday heroes who don't get enough credit. The 53-year-old also said she was shocked to hear that 70% of the staff working on her cover ward had already battled the virus but continued to work on the wards and save lives after they recovered. The mum hopes sharing her story will be a wakeup call for people who are bending the rules because they don't think they'll get the virus.
Begging people to follow the rules, she added: “I am still scared but know I am also the luckiest girl in the world. It will be a long journey both emotionally and physically, but I am alive and I am getting better every day. "The virus respects no one. Young, old, fit, black, white. We are all vulnerable. We are all at risk and we need to take it seriously, every minute of every day. "Stay at home if you can. Adhere to the government guidelines when you are out the house. Wash your hands thoroughly when you come home. Look out for the signs that you might have Covid."
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