My 56th Birthday Present
Today is my 56th birthday. I planned to enjoy a nice day off from work and quietly celebrate. However on January 27th, I received my results back from my January 25th COVID-19 test. It came back positive. I am now one of the 27 million Americans that have been afflicted in one way or another by this virus.
I have been fortunate that I did not have to go to the hospital, unlike some of my friends who have been documenting their struggle/journey. I am fortunate to still be amongst those dwelling on this planet and not one of the nearly 450,000 Americans who lost their battle. I am at the tail-end of my personal quarantine and hope to be nearly 100 percent within the next few days.
I will be going back into the environment in which I contracted the virus soon. I will continue to do my best to protect myself, but I have to be even more conscious in my efforts. This reminds me of the constant battle frontline workers deal with daily and the stress they endure to do their jobs effectively while trying to protect themselves, especially those in the healthcare profession.
My life had been impacted directly and indirectly by the pandemic already. Now the virus has physically touched me and I am not pleased. I pray that those of us who contract this virus will be able to fight it successfully like I have. I pray for strength for families that have lost loved ones to this. More importantly, I pray that those leaders responsible for providing the resources necessary to end the pandemic are successful, in spite of themselves and their shortcomings.
I further pray that we never, as a country, have to endure something like this again, and if we do, that we are better prepared to meet it head-on. This sucks. Yet, I am blessed. I am glad to have family and friends that care. I am glad that I am able to take care of myself.
Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes! I'll cherish them more this year than I have in the past. Since I don't know how many more of these birthdays I'll have coming, I'll do a better job of cherishing each one of them more. I guess having COVID-19 on your birthday gives you perspective.