"Your test lit up like a Christmas Tree"
Words muttered by the doctor at the walk in while I sat in the stale exam room with my body aches and chills. I was now a statistic for the News to report, clumping me into the other hundreds who would test positive for COVID-19. I tell you this not for sympathy or comments of "feel better soon". My intention is to educate you, and if I can do this through my own experience, why not make it that more real?
Before I begin, however, my disclaimer for my my story is that we are all different, and that my experience is just that...mine! What I share here is only one story, one of many, each with their own unique differences. When it comes to our health, it is important to remember there is a lot of information floating around. It is each of our responsibilities to do the research, understand the differences, listen to the experts and do what is right for ourselves. My story should only account for a fraction of the information you will absorb and use to keep yourself healthy and by no means is my story meant to devalue the stories of others who have had experiences better or worse than mine.
Be Ready for the Fight
Wash hands often. Wear your mask. Cover your cough...All great advice. But wait...there's more!!
Even though I took every precaution imaginable, it was no match for this invisible enemy. My dried cracked hands from washing and sanitizer and facemasks laid out for air drying each night are proof I have been vigilant when to comes to prevention, but alas, the virus has invaded my defenses and now lives inside me.
I was fortunate with my symptoms. Two days of fatigue, headache and loss of taste and smell. I never had a fever, congestion was minimal and the symptoms I did experience were mild and quick. I was lucky. I credit a healthy immune system before I was exposed. This amazing body system made up of a host of blood cells is designed to make us well when under attack. Making sure our army of blood cells are armed and ready is our responsibility.
You can boost the strength of your immune system with a few simple steps:
An Ounce of Prevention...
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" -Benjamin Franklin
These words truly resonate more than ever. I choose to not take my health for granted. The decisions I make, to wear a mask, wash my hands, eat my fruits and vegetables are all ones I hope will benefit me in the end. However, nature is stronger and what I do each and every day will hopefully be enough to conquer the invisible enemies and hidden dangers that lie around every corner These are not guarantees nor are they a false sense of security. My actions are simply what I am able to control and do for myself during a time of uncertainty. What actions will you take to prevent the spread of this virus? What actions will you take to prepare for a possible attack on our health and wellbeing?
I do wish and pray for health to you and your loved ones.
Take care of yourself.
Listen to the experts.
Above all...stay well.