PLAINFIELD, NJ — There has been a lot of reporting on the numbers of COVID-19 cases in Plainfield, as well as the number of lives lost. It's not always a pretty picture. It's time to meet someone who has lived through — and has survived — the coronavirus.
What types of symptoms were you experiencing that made you seek out a doctor?
I had been coughing uncontrollably for a couple of days. Thinking nothing of it, I started taking cough syrup. I didn’t know my sickness. On April 5, I woke up feeling okay, but around 3:30 p.m., the coughing got worse, and thanks to Samseketha "Sam" Cooper, I was on my way to Medemerge to be examined.
But that office was closed, so we proceeded to RWJ University Hospital in Somerset. Sam phoned ahead, and was informed she should bring me right to the Emergency Room where the triage nurse would be waiting. Upon arrival, I was immediately checked in, and vitals were taken (blood pressure 117/60, temperature 99.5, breathing pressure 94%). The doctor seemed to be pleased, but decided to take a chest X-ray. It came back positive for viral pneumonia. I was also tested for COVID-19, but I had to wait for the results. I had to make a quick decision whether I should go home or stay in the hospital overnight.
What happened next? What were you thinking while you waited for results?
I decided to go home, with a warning from the doctor that I'd most likely be back the next day. He was correct. Back to the hospital, and upon arrival, I was immediately hooked up to an IV and breathing apparatus. On Wednesday, April 8, I received a call that I had tested positive for COVID-19. My heart just dropped and I began to cry. I had been hit with double jeopardy. "What am I going to do since I take care of my 89-year-old mother," I thought. After a consultation with my doctor, we developed a plan while going through quarantine. During this time I was critically ill and faced death twice. But God!!!
I am truly grateful for my mother. My heart is overjoyed when I think about how she cared for her eldest daughter. Words cannot express how she nursed me back to health; absolutely nothing could keep her away. I will be forever indebted to this precious soul.
Why did you want to tell your story?
On a daily basis, we hear about the number of people being diagnosed with COVID-19, and the deaths associated with it. I decided we need to hear something positive about people who overcame this dreadful disease. I am a witness to God’s grace, mercy and compassion for me. I have a mission to fulfill. It is to encourage, help and tell of God’s goodness.
To all those who are suffering from COVID-19, who have lost loved ones, and who are experiencing deficits and delays, hunger, etc., know that God will heal your pain and give you hope. You’re not in this alone. Look for your Day of Renewal.
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” -- Psalm 34:8
If you are experiencing symptoms you think may be related to the coronavirus, call 908-546-1084 Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will be connected to a health professional who will conduct a medical telehealth screening.
If you meet the criteria for testing, arrangements will be made for you to be tested at the drive through site at Kean University, or by a mobile unit that will come to you.
After 5 p.m. and on weekends, call the Union County hotline at (908) 214-7107.
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