I tested positive on Dec. 14th. I had a temperature for 6 days until Dec. 20th, that would fluctuate up to 102 degrees, requiring me to take Tylenol to reduce the fever. My oxygen level would vary from 98 down to 93 percent. But the worst part was the severe stomach pain, diarrhea and nausea, I had to endure until Dec. 22th. Since I couldn’t lie down to rest, I had to sleep on a recliner, but still suffered from sleep deprivation due to bouts of acid reflux and reoccurring nightmares. I had no energy and practically survived on jello, pudding, crackers and Pedialyte for 8 days. I’m blessed with family, who brought me supplies while I was sick. I was in quarantine for 2 weeks and lost 15 lbs. I’m glad, that I don’t have any lingering health issues that I’m aware of. On Dec. 26th, I tested negative and was authorized to return to work.
In this Holiday Season when we typically spend extended time with family and friends, it is especially important to continue to practice 6 feet social distancing and for everyone to wear good quality face masks and gloves. Please be safe, disinfect and wash everything with soap and water. Don’t take any unnecessary chances, this pandemic is real. It would be heartbreaking if your loved one ended up in the emergency room.
Due to my encounter with Covid, I have come to realize how my life is fleeing before me. For 2021, I will try to be a peacemaker to our contentious world. We can accomplish much when we cooperate in bringing relief to the poor and sick of this earth. I pray we will allow Jesus to rule in our hearts. By: ElRoy, 2020
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will surprise him with goodness.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Bible, Romans 12:1-21