Exactly one year ago today, I tested positive for COVID-19. Not that COVID is any less severe today than it was then but, I think we know more about it now then we did back then. Last year at this time, I had only known of maybe two or three people who had had it and the stories were horrible. I remember everything like it was yesterday.

I tested positive on a Wednesday but symptoms actually started on Sunday and I had no idea. On Sunday, I hosted my mother's retirement party, so I was with an entire group of people who were elderly and compromised, again at the time not knowing I had COVID. On that Sunday I started feeling dizzy, in fact I called Gunner that night telling him I thought I had vertigo.  Monday I went ahead and went to work. I didn't feel well so I went to the doctor, who said I had a sinus infection, I was not running any fever and I didn't have a cough or soar throat.  I got a shot and some antibiotics and went on my way. Later that day I found out my friend's wife tested positive for COVID and I had dinner with them the previous week. On Tuesday I felt ok, not too bad. My friend called me and said he tested positive as well.

On Wednesday morning, I got up feeling like horrible, I went ahead and came to work and saw on Facebook that the restaurant we had eaten at was closing due to a positive case. Feeling the way I was feeling and all the positive cases around me, I decided I better go get tested and sure enough, I was positive.

For the next for days, that was the sickest I have ever been without fever. The doctors didn't give me anything to take, they just said take Vitamin C and D and Zinc and to stay hydrated. At that time no one knew what was working and what wasn't. The scariest part was I didn't know if or when I would stop breathing. Because some people were having breathing trouble and some people weren't. Luckily, thank the good Lord, I only lost my taste and smell and I recovered just fine, but I don't ever want to go through that again and I hope no one else has to either.

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