“We only test the front line workers.”
This from Public Health. My daughter has been sick for days with cough. Via video chat, her family doctor says she likely has COVID-19. She prescribed inhalers and cough medicine. It didn’t really help. So she called the doctor again.
“I can’t see you in my office if it’s COVID,” the doc told her, so she called Public Health.
I understand saving resources for frontline workers, but Amanda is a single mom of an eight-year-old and needs help. If it is COVID, I can’t risk being exposed, and her sister has two kids, one of which has asthma. My son said he’d go, but his wife has a sister with MD who they help out regularly.
This is painful.
A nurse friend told her to go to ER. There they did an x-ray and sent her away, saying it’s possible she has the virus, but more likely just Bronchitis.
Her doctor called two days later to say she has infection in her lungs. She’s now on antibiotics. Too early yet to know if it’s working. The ER doc called again to check up on her. She tried to sound hopeful.
Amanda is tough. I have no doubt she will pull through. It has been a rollercoaster of emotions. This disease is terrifying.
How many others are there like her – sick, but untested?
Her nurse friend says many. They see it everyday.
The numbers we see on the news don’t tell the whole story. Stay home, and stay safe.