Man recounts his experiences with COVID-19 after being against the vaccine


While more and more people are getting vaccinated, there are still a significant number of those who refuse to get vaccinated or even mask themselves. Carroll County resident Brent Whalen was one such person until he fell ill. || COVID-19 Updates | The latest numbers from Maryland | Get Tested | Vaccine Information || “You deal with your own mortality — it’s just there. You just don’t know if you can hang on for another five or 10 minutes,” Whalen said. Whalen spent 36 days at Carroll Hospital Center with COVID-19, six of them in the intensive care unit. In the days leading up to her diagnosis, Whalen played golf and took her daughter to her college dorm. When offered concert tickets that required a vaccine or a negative test, he decided to get vaccinated. wasn’t there in terms of what the vaccine was going to do,” he said. A day after receiving the J&J vaccine, Whalen said he didn’t feel well. He thought it was side effects from the vaccine, and then things went downhill. “By the time I was able to express care, I was so sick that they actually called the ambulance from there,” Whalen said. “When your lungs close, it’s not gradual. I’m like, ‘All of a sudden, I can’t breathe.'” He was put on oxygen and in a supine position. Whalen said he thought he was going to die. The hospital called his sister to make sure he had a will and his affairs were in order.” It’s so hard when you’re laying there and you don’t know what’s going to happen and your nurses tell you It’s not better,” he said. Whalen said he kept thinking about his daughter and how he couldn’t leave her. He’s much better now but says his lungs are permanently scarred. He’s doing respiratory therapy at home. And he’s not an anti-vaxxer anymore. “Learn the facts, weigh the consequences because what I tell people is that there may be long-term effects down the road, but I know this virus is going to kill you now and you won’t have it down the road,” Whalen said. Whalen asks those who don’t want not get vaccinated or wear masks to remove themselves from the equation.” Think about the people who depend on you and love and care about you and think about what would happen if you weren’t there. That’s the message,” Whalen said. He still has some money left and as things slow down he has more surprises in store for them.

While more and more people are getting vaccinated, there are still a significant number of those who refuse to get vaccinated or even mask themselves.

Carroll County resident Brent Whalen was one of those people until he fell ill.

|| COVID-19 Updates | The latest numbers from Maryland | Get Tested | Vaccine Information ||

“You deal with your own mortality — it’s just there. You just don’t know if you can hang on for another five or 10 minutes,” Whalen said.

Whalen spent 36 days at Carroll Hospital Center with COVID-19, including six in the intensive care unit. In the days leading up to her diagnosis, Whalen played golf and took her daughter to her college dorm. When offered concert tickets that required a vaccine or a negative test, he decided to get vaccinated.

“I thought it was like some kind of conspiracy that in 10 years 100,000,000 Americans with some kind of rare disease because of long-term studies wouldn’t be around to find out what the vaccine is. was going to do,” he said. .

A day after receiving the J&J vaccine, Whalen said he didn’t feel well. He thought it was the side effects of the vaccine, and then things went downhill.

“By the time I was able to express care, I was so sick that they actually called the ambulance from there,” Whalen said. “When your lungs close, it’s not gradual. I’m like, ‘All of a sudden, I can’t breathe.'”

He was put on oxygen and in a supine position. Whalen said he thought he was going to die. The hospital called his sister to make sure he had a will and that his affairs were in order.

“It’s so difficult when you’re laying there and you don’t know what’s going to happen and your nurses tell you your numbers aren’t improving,” he said.

Whalen said he kept thinking about his daughter and how he couldn’t leave her. He is much better now but says his lungs are permanently scarred. He does respiratory therapy at home.

And he’s no longer an anti-vaccine.

“Learn the facts, weigh the consequences because what I tell people is there may be long term effects down the road but I know this virus is going to kill you now and you won’t get any on the road,” Whalen said. .

Whalen asks those who don’t want to get vaccinated or wear masks to remove themselves from the equation.

“Think about the people who depend on you, love you and care about you and think about what would happen if you weren’t there. That’s the message,” Whalen said.

Whalen was so grateful to those caring for him in the hospital that he raised $12,000 which he used to help feed them lunches and dinners. He still has some money left and as things slow down he has more surprises in store for them.


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