Nurses were thrilled to see a woman make a hospital bag for her mom, who recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Kate Fenno, a licensed health professional, is sharing how she prepared her COVID-19 positive mother for the hospital, and the video is a must-see.
Kate Fenno is seen in the video holding a re-sealable zipper storage bag containing vital information about her 58-year-old mother, Diane Smulligan, who suffers from asthma and is battling COVID-19 and pneumonia.
@kate.escaped My mom has COVID. I’m preparing her for the emergency room while we wait for the ambulance #covid #covid19 #latexallergy #emergencyroom #asthma #cantbreathe #bpdtiktok #neurodivergent #lgbt? #adhdinwomen ♬ original sound – Kate
“I have a list of her medications. I have a copy of her insurance information, her ID, and a phone charger,” Fenno, who has a master’s degree in public health, says.
Smulligan’s temperature and oxygen levels were also recorded, as were four emergency contacts and a note about her severe latex allergy. Fenno places neon-colored allergy stickers on Smulligan’s shirt out of caution.
“She was so sick and was having trouble making out words. She was deeply overwhelmed,” Fenno, of northeastern Pennsylvania said. “That’s why it was important for me to remain calm and get everything in order.”
Fenno said the emergency room nurses were “beyond grateful and appreciative.”
“My mom could could barely open her eyes, but she was able to slide them this bag,” Fenno revealed. “We were on the phone and I could hear one nurse in the background saying, ‘Please tell your daughter ‘Thank you!’”
Smulligan was hospitalized for three days in December and is still recovering.
“They don’t hear any fluid in her lungs at the moment, which is amazing news,” Fenno shared.
Fenno’s TikTok video has been viewed more than 1 million times.
“As a nurse, I LOVE this! I’d also suggest a copy of her health care proxy form and advanced directives! These forms vary state to state,” wrote on person in the comments.
A certified nursing assistant added, “This is exactly the kind of thing I would do when my grandmother went to the hospital. It made everything so much smoother.”