This time last week, I barely had the energy to lift my head from my pillow, much less sit upright and focus on writing a column.
To be perfectly honest, my ability to focus is still not as sharp as it was before I contracted COVID-19.
The evening of Thursday, Sept. 9, I felt as though I was getting sick. At this point it was just a little irritation in my ears and an overall rundown feeling. I figured it was either the start of an ear infection or a sinus infection.
My neighborhood is surrounded by farm fields that had been getting harvested that very week, so I assumed that must be the culprit.
The following morning on Friday, I woke up feeling worse, but still thought it was either an ear infection or sinus issues.
I went to work and since I wasn’t feeling energetic or even feeling up to chit chatting with anyone, I went straight to my office. I just wanted to get my work completed so I could go home and recuperate over the weekend.
My husband already had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for that morning, and it was a shock to both of us when he called to tell me he was positive for COVID.
My doctor called not a moment later and told me to head straight to the Greenville Clinic to get tested. I grabbed my belongings and immediately left work. Not even 15 minutes later I learned I, too, was positive for COVID.
Both my husband and I were sent to Delta Health-The Medical Center, to begin receiving treatment under Dr. Robert Corkern.
If you have gone through Dr. Corkern’s care, then you know how incredibly efficient he and his nursing staff are.
First, they ran a CT Scan on us to see if we were showing any signs of pneumonia, and we both were. So now we were being treated for COVID and pneumonia.
The nurses put us in the same room and inserted IVs in our arms to start the monoclonal infusion.
As we sat in the room and received our treatment, we made a joke about this being the only way for us to schedule a lunch date together.
Once the infusion was finished, we then received a dose of doxycycline for our pneumonia. Then we received our prescriptions to take at home, which was Ivermectin, zinc sulfate, Eliquis, Vitamin D12, Xeljanz, Vitamin C and Doxycycline Hyclate.
Dr. Corkern informed us we were patients 1,622 and 1,623. He asked us how many people we think have died under his care. We didn’t know and feared knowing the answer.
We were pleasantly surprised to hear him say 0. Not a single patient under Dr. Corkern’s care has died from COVID. That is absolutely amazing.
Clearly what he has been doing works.
We stayed sick for a little over a week. There were a few days where we felt so miserable we could barely make it out of bed, but we just had to because, hey, parenting doesn’t give sick days.
The worst symptoms for me were the headaches and brain fog. The brain fog is still lingering, but it’s not nearly as bad as it was last week, and I am sure it will only continue to get better.
Both my husband and I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccinations in March. I cannot say for certain if my successful recovery is due to being vaccinated, the treatment I received under Dr. Corkern’s care or both.
I’ve said before and I’ll continue saying I don’t believe anyone should feel coerced into receiving the COVID vaccination. That should be a decision you make for yourself after you’ve consulted with your doctor.
When I received the vaccine, it was my choice to do so. I didn’t feel threatened to lose my job or be told I would have to undergo the awfully uncomfortable testing twice a week every week for the rest of my life if I didn’t get it, as so many people are currently experiencing in this nation.
You can call this “strong suggestion” a “choice” all you want, but let’s be serious. If a school bully is threatening to give another student a black eye if they don’t give up their wallet, I don’t think you’re going to tell the kid who received a black eye later on, “But at least you had that choice!”
Whether you’ve received the vaccine or not, you are obviously still at risk of contracting COVID. The difference is how you believe you will recover once you do. It’s the same process for the flu, but people aren’t feeling forced to receive those shots.
If you feel strongly enough that you need to get the COVID vaccine, then by all means, go get it. I did. But please, stop treating unvaccinated people like they are the enemy. They are just people living day-to-day, doing what they believe is best to protect themselves and their families. We all are.
Catherine Kirk is managing editor of the Delta Democrat-Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.