By Michelle Crean
A Rathmore family - whose family member is critically ill and on a ventilator in University Hospital Kerry (UHK) battling COVID - are this week making a heartfelt plea to the public to stay home to save lives - saying the highly infectious virus can happen to anyone.
With over one thousand positive cases in Kerry over the past seven days alone, and 208 deaths reported from COVID-19 so far this month in Ireland, the virus is raging in the community putting healthcare staff under tremendous strain.
And the family of Sheila Crowley (60), who is currently in ICU, are completely baffled as to how and where she contracted it, and are praying that she'll make it over the coming days.
Now her family want to speak out and warn others of how serious COVID is and how fast it can take hold.
"It just escalated very fast," her niece Ashley Crowley told the Killarney Advertiser. "She remains in a critical condition in ICU in Tralee. She's a young woman. It took into her body very fast."
Sheila, who is originally from Headford, had a mild cough last week but no other obvious symptoms, Ashley explained.
"It wasn't the dry cough. It came on her but it wasn't persistent."
On Monday last week she had a pain in her back and her GP thought it could be a kidney infection but suggested a COVID test to be cautious. The test came back positive and while she had no symptoms and felt fine - it all changed very suddenly.
"Over the course of a few hours she suddenly became ill and distressed, the colour went from her."
That was on Saturday last and Sheila's sister immediately rang SouthDoc and an ambulance was arranged to take her straight to A&E at UHK.
"In A&E the oxygen wasn't reacting with her. They then put on a mask with oxygen but that didn't work and she was transferred to ICU and put on a ventilator. She's still critical, her lungs are totally full with the virus."
The next few days are critical and both Ashley and her family are appealing to the public to heed the health advice to stay at home, restrict interactions with others to avoid going through this heartache.
Ashley explained that Sheila's sister died of cancer just a month ago, and that all the family had been restricting their interactions and movements over the past year to keep her safe. She also said that the hospital thinks Sheila may have contracted the new strain of the virus.
"It's hard to take in. We just don't know where she got it from. We have all been restricting our movements for the past year because my other aunt had cancer. We've been tested since too and are negative. It's frightening how fast people can pick it up. We just don't know."
A special Mass of Intercession for Sheila was said by Fr George Hayes of Glenflesk Parish on Tuesday evening which was broadcast over the Internet, while online there were hundreds of well wishes as family, friends and members of the public lit candles for her recovery.
Ashley, who said the hospital staff are "wonderful" and give regular updates on Sheila's condition, added that if she pulls through that her road to recovery will take a very long time.
"She still remains in a dangerous place. They reckon she could be on a ventilator for a long time. We're just hoping she makes it."
She added a huge thanks to all the healthcare staff involved in Sheila's care and to the public for their kindness and prayers over the last few days.
Yesterday (Thursday), Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said that the Government hopes to have 4m vaccinated by the end of September. And while people wait, Ashley is appealing to them to stay apart.
"It's totally true that by staying apart you'll be together eventually again."
Detox Wrap will leave you feeling energised
It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap. This wrap is suitable for males and […]
It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap.
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This wrap will boost your energy levels and make you feel like yourself again. Having loads of BBQs and nights out or feeling bloated and sluggish, unmotivated.
This wrap is a great way to boost energy by increasing lymphatic drainage, which helps the body’s natural detox system to release bad toxins. By aiding the lymphatic system and increasing the negative, harmful toxins. Your body will immediately start to feel better, more motivated, and increased energy. Your skin will feel better and bring your glow back.
The process is having sea clay applied all over the body, followed by bandages wrapped in a specific way to lift and firm the skin and finally you are tucked up in a heated blanket….. to sweat out the negative toxins. following the treatment, you have a three-day detox, no tea, coffee, fried fatty foods, fizzy drinks, processed foods or even a shower to leave the active clay and get to work on the lymphatic system.
This is a seriously great treatment, that really works if you follow the process. As the heat from the blanket helps to open your pores on the body the sea clay can go into the deep layers of the skin, when you unwrap the clay is trapped in the skin and its ingredients get to work.
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Puck Goat removed from platform in searing heat
Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat. Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in […]
Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat.
Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in Killorglin town. As part of the fair’s tradition a wild mountain goat presides over the town from his tall platform over the course of the three days.
Organisers employ a dedicated vet to look after the goat and a team of experienced goat handlers are also on duty for the duration of the festival.
There is also a temperature monitoring device on the platform.
As temperatures hit 29 degrees today (Thursday), the vet and handlers decided it was safer for the goat to be removed from the platform for the rest of the day.
“He is currently resting in the shade,” spokesperson Marcella O’Connor told the Killarney Advertiser. “The handlers were monitoring him in case it got too hot, the decision was made to take him down, and the vet says he is happy.”
A decision will be made tomorrow (Friday) on the goat’s return to the platform for the final day of the fair.
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