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I was working at major grocery store where I caught covid 19. It was the week of thanksgiving when I started coughing and wheezing, but I just thought I was having an Asthma attack. The Saturday before Thanksgiving the week went by but in going to work, dealing with customers shopping it didn’t dawn on me that all the wheezing and coughing was covid. The day after Thanksgiving I asked my son to take me to the ER because I had problems breathing and I was admitted in the hospital with covid. It kept on getting worse and at the same time I was worried about my kids and my mom because it turned out they were positive also. So while I was in the hospital fighting for my life I had to worry about my mom and children and then things took a turn for the worst where I almost got to the point where I was almost placed on a ventilator. I was getting medicine and plasma – why I am here today, but since I got out i have lost my hair, experienced shortness of breath, hearing loss in one ear, and having my heart valve replaced. I now am having issues maintaining and remembering stuff, still having difficulty breathing, my joints are hurting, and I’m having problems going up and down stairs. Walking long distances and my asthma triggers very often it just feels like I am in a constant nightmare. I miss the old me before covid for the past two years have been hell. Go to the doctors no one is listening they are telling me it’s all in my head. I lost income because of me getting sick so often and have lost some of my teeth. I want to know when I am going to wake up from this nightmare

Alicia Roxanne James (Florida)