Mid-morning last Thursday I tested positive for COVID.
Immediately, my healthcare system (Legacy) kicked into gear with amazing results.
A nurse called to talk about treatment.
I opted for the drug Paxlovid from Pfizer.
Next was a call from a pharmacist from the hospital.
We had a lengthy interview to review the side effects.
Then, he placed the prescription at the only drugstore near me that had the medicine.
Within minutes, the drugstore called to tell me the drug was ready for pick up.
My friend picked it up and I started treatment right away.
If you have ever worked with the medical system in the US, you know that it is generally slow with lots of waiting around. Not this time, not with COVID.
Happy news….my symptoms improved within 24 hours. I took three pills twice daily for five days.
The only side effect was a bitter taste in my mouth. Eating fresh fruit helped. It reminded me that my late Husband experienced a bitter taste after chemotherapy. Chilled, canned fruit in heavy syrup, something he would never have eaten before cancer, alleviated the yucky taste.
Today, I feel so much better and am planning to resume my normal activities.
Thank you Legacy Healthcare!
Thank you to the scientists who developed the tests, vaccinations and treatments.
Thus ends my COVID story.
Our job as a nation is to continue to send COVID tests, vaccinations and treatments to nations not as fortunate as we are.