COVID-19 survivor is thankful

I am a COVID-19 survivor.”

I never thought I would ever say those words, but in late April I was exposed to the coronavirus. One week later, I began to experience body aches, fatigue and shallow breathing. I went to the urgent care center, tested positive for the virus, and was put under quarantine with a regimen of antibiotics and an inhaler. Upon completing the antibiotics, I continued to have problems breathing and remained weak. A friend brought me some groceries, and I must have looked pretty bad. My friend’s wife is a nurse, and after hearing from her husband how I looked, urged me to act on my condition.

So, for the first time in my 63 years, I was carried by ambulance to T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow. Upon arrival, I was placed on oxygen and given aggressive treatments with steroids. For five days the doctors and nursing staff worked with me literally around the clock.

It worked … I cannot say enough about the excellent care I received at T.J. Samson Hospital. The aggressive treatments began to reverse my condition, and the caring attitudes of the nurses, health care providers and other staff encouraged me. The prayers of family and friends let me know I was not alone in this struggle.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t try to tough it out on your own … don’t hesitate to reach out to a health care provider so you can also say: “I am a survivor!”

Lynn Traylor, Glasgow

Thank you, Houchens

Dear Editor:

We want to thank all the employees of Houchens and IGA, Southgate Shopping Center, for their wonderful help obtaining groceries during this pandemic.

They went above and beyond helping us.

Especially we want to thank Duane Withrow, manager, and Chad Devasher, assistant manager. Houchens, once again proved that they have always been a Good Neighbor In this community and we appreciate it.

Frances and Paul Bastien, Glasgow

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