Well, it doesn’t pay to be just a little cocky when someone asks you “Have you had COVID yet?” Because sooner or later it’s going to bite you in the butt!
Yep! I thought I had a summer cold, just a cough, or maybe just my sinuses, maybe bronchitis?! Ummm, there I was in an ER in northwest Iowa, 1,000 miles away from home. I was just waiting for an antibiotic for the upper respiratory infection that I self-diagnosed.
Of course we truckers would be saying in our heads, “I sure hope that doctor hurries, I have a load of beef that’s going to be tired of waiting in four hours”! Then he walked in and casually said “You have COVID.” I responded with, “Can you please repeat that sir?” And I followed that with, “There’s no way I can’t get that stuff!” He seemed to prove to me… wrong!!
Fast forward two days when I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a truck and then it backed up over me again. I didn’t want this crap and I realized nobody lied to me who had had it before!
So back to the ER I went. Now staying a short five days with three infusions, heart monitors, EKGs, echocardiograms and many awesome doctors and nurses. I know some of you are asking if I was vaccinated? Yes – I was vaccinated last August with a two dose because I was in the high risk group. But I used the Ingrid Brown theory that if I had been in the middle of all of the hotspots, without PPE for months, from the beginning of 2020 all the way up to today, then maybe I was SuperWoman and wasn’t going to get it!
Side note: I also lived in a fantasy world and thought I was invincible and that cancer would never want me either. In 2017 and 2018 cancer proved me wrong!
So many have lost their lives or loved ones to this horrible virus. It breaks my heart. And I will admit it scared me a bunch!! I am one of the most grateful because the respiratory difficulties seemed to avoid me, but the low heart rate set up residence. The cardiologist first told me that I really do have a heart! But more importantly, he said lately more and more people with COVID are going through a period of low heart rate that takes time to regain its normal levels.
So, I am in the “regaining” time and I’m home in my Blue Ridge Mountains waiting until it just goes away! I can’t complain, but I am a restless soul away from the highway and each of you.
In the meantime, we’re going to have some fun with “StoryTime” and trivia. Let’s see how well you all know where my travels have taken me and have you been there?
Let me say, “Don’t think that any life-changing sickness can’t happen to you. Because I thought I was “Ingrid Brown the untouchable!” But the good Lord showed me differently!
Take care of yourself! Take care of each other! We only get one chance at this thing called LIFE!
Stay safe and don’t forget your prayers!
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