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COVID-19: Teri's Story

Community news | Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Teri Morris, RN, Neurology

I haven’t spoken until now about my experience with COVID-19. I have been positive now for about two weeks. It hit me like a bus, then she backed up and ran over me again. When a Nurse marches her behind into the ER because she can’t breathe after roughing it out for four days at home, let me tell you I’m concerned about myself. There were body aches, fever, loss of smell and taste. Then it started hurting in my chest when I was “trying” to take a deep breath, which wasn’t happening!

The most horrible thing during this two weeks is the isolation. I don’t want to make my family sick. So I’ve harbored into the guest bedroom and taken over my daughters bathroom. She now sleeps in daddy’s room on the other side of the house. Each day I hear little feet stop at the door and crack it just a tiny bit as she says, “Mom are you ok?” I always respond yes. She does this numerous times each day. A real hug would be so comforting and healing, but I’m not willing to risk that. So we virtually hug with hands in the air. I haven’t held my daughter in over two weeks y’all, it’s a little more heartbreaking each day!

I’m tired of this. I’m 43 and healthy other than my autoimmune disorder, celiac disease. The truth is COVID-19 has set up her mission control in my lungs. I can’t imagine battling this with more serious heart or lung problems. It’s better in the day now and worse at night. At least I don’t have those horrible aches. I’m still short of breath at rest, still hacking up a lung when I move and still prone myself to sleep every night when the coughing gets worse. And did I mention how tired I am? Every day, Lilly asks me if we will be able to sit on the couch together and watch Harry Potter soon, wanting to know when Covid is leaving?!

Today I started some new medication and I’m hopeful it will whip me back into shape soon. Those who know me know that being “down” is not easy for me! I want to thank all of you who have offered to bring things and who have been faithfully checking in on me. I have the most wonderful work family, brother and sister in-law and friends anyone could ask for.

I leave you with this. People, please wear your masks! This isn’t an attack on your freedom it’s an attack on your life if you contract this virus. Please take heed and keep your family well and safe. My COVID-19 story isn’t a horrible one. The reason I decided to share it is because it could be you. This virus is very real and it’s very important that you protect yourselves and your families ❤️ Wear your masks, wash your hands, don’t go anywhere if you feel sick.