I was at Newark airport, on my way back from a trip to Israel, when I started feeling a little lethargic. I chalked it up to jet lag and did not think much of it. The next day I was playing around with a new thermometer that my family acquired while I was away, and it kept registering that I had a fever of 102.8.
That concerned me…my wife is immunocompromised and I did not want her getting sick. So I went to the ER, and ended up being there for 7 hours! They tested me for flu and strep, which both came back negative, and then decided to test me for COVID-19 as well. I was sent home with orders to self-quarantine.
For the next four days I ran a fever of about 102.5, even with Tylenol, and had a slight cough. I was exhausted and slept a lot. But other than that, I really did not feel that bad. A week after I was tested, though, the news came back that I did indeed have COVID-19.
Several days later, after I had finished my quarantine and tested negative for the virus, my wife came to me and told me that the Red Cross and Southwestern were looking for people who had recovered from COVID-19 and had tested negative twice. They needed plasma for critically ill patients in our area.
I submitted my name as well as the official documents showing I had tested positive and then negative for COVID-19. The very next day I received a phone call, and by Monday I was at the hospital submitting plasma. I had never even donated blood before! It was a good feeling to know that I was helping out someone whose life was hanging in the balance.
The amazing thing is…my wife never did get sick…and my kids only ran mild fevers. I have to believe that there is a reason that God put me in this situation.
Nobody saw this pandemic coming and now people are fighting for their lives. My heart hurts for those people, and I feel so passionate about being able to help someone in desperate need. It’s interesting that I was asked to save someone’s life by giving my blood. Isn’t that such a reminder of what Jesus did for us?
I want to encourage others out there who, like me, find themselves on the other side of COVID-19. We are in a unique position to help, and there are people in dire need of what only we can give. Please donate plasma. You may be the difference between life and death for one of your neighbors.
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