Tammy. One of the sweetest ladies in Key West. Always a smile. Always a hug.
Tammy is extremely lovely. Somewhere in her mid 40’s, looks mid 20’s. She is the premier bartender at the Chart Room.
Tammy had coronavirus. Laid low. Recently recovered.
I only found out 2 days ago that she had been struck. We talked at length yesterday via telephone.
Fortunately thus far, Tammy is the only person I know who has had covid-19. I am sorry it had to be Tammy. Or anyone else for that matter.
I was interested. Tammy took me through the whole thing.
On thursday 3/19, she had a dry cough. Infrequently. about once an hour. By 8 pm, she had a low grade fever.
The next day was friday. The cough more frequent. Fever continued. Started aching all over in the afternoon. Her knees began bothering her.
Saturday she was real achy. Started taking Tylenol. That night, she became aware of her breathing. She could feel every breath.
She woke sunday morning in a deep sweat. The fever had broken. She felt sluggish all day.
Monday she felt fine. No symptoms of anything.
Tuesday her nose began running like crazy.
Wednesday her throat hurt and she was coughing heavy.
Breathing became a problem thursday and continued till the next wednesday. An effort.
She was tested on day 3. The results came back on day 7. She tested positive for coronavirus.
Her breathing finally began getting better on day 13.
On day 14, all symptoms disappeared. Two weeks to the day.
There is neither a cure nor any drugs available to help a person through the experience.
Some of Tammy’s recollections of the 2 weeks.
She took doctor prescribed cough medicine for 2-3 days. Gave her some relief. Minimal, however.
The 2 weeks emotionally drained her.
Her mouth tasted gross. Towards the end of the 2 weeks, she lost her senses of taste and smell. Finally recovered a couple of days ago.
Seeking relief from the virus, she went “hot.” Having had pneumonia twice in the past, she felt some things learned from the experience would help.
She drank lots of hot tea and coffee. She combined salt and lemon with hot water. Put a towel over head and sucked in the heat. Drank a lot of hot soup. Took a lot of hot showers.
She believes the “heat”/”hot” helped.
She became increasingly nervous because of all the “stuff” on TV.
Fear was a factor. She was not ashamed to admit she was scared.
She believes she got it while working in the Chart Room. Though business was slow the week it closed. Few customers.
One in particular might have given it to her. A New York doctor was in her last night. Next to no one at the bar. She and the doctor chatted 3 hours.
He described to her what it was like in New York. The hospitals especially. He had never seen anything like it.
Tammy said the doctor was obviously scared. Scared her.
The doctor kept getting coughing jags. Tammy suspects that is when the virus got into her body.
Dr. Norris her physician. Stopped by her apartment at the beginning. Performed the test on her.
The Health Department was on top of her problem from the beginning. More to help others. They took the names of all persons she had been in contact with to check them out.
She believes she is cured. It’s all over. She has felt good for several days. Began riding her bike, walking the dog. Wears a face mask.
The present true test as to whether the virus is gone and a person is cured, is 2 consecutive days of negative testing. Not possible in Tammy’s case. There is insufficient testing equipment available in Key West.
Tammy believes 50-70 percent of the population will become infected. Not all will be aware.
Antibodies are the key to future protection. The belief is that a cured Tammy has antibodies which will preclude her from coming down with the virus again. Also, those same antibodies can help protect others.
She has notified the appropriate authorities of her willingness to give blood if the need arises. Her blood carries the antibodies.
Tammy was not an admirer of Trump prior to her becoming a coronavirus victim. However because of the stimulus package, she looks more fondly upon him. Her savings are evaporating. The federal dollars will help.
Cuomo on the other hand, she loves. He shares everything. Lets you know what is going on.
Her physician again is Dr. Norris. He is mine also.
Dr. Norris is doing a Facebook video every day keeping people aware of happenings re the virus, what people should do, etc.
I have never seen the video. Norris and I are not “friends.” I will ask to be his today.
Tammy walked her dog 2 nights ago at 7 in the evening. The walk took her to Mallory Square. She said Mallory Square scared her big time. The people hanging around were “weird.” She would not return without a gun.
As I have been writing Tammy’s virus saga, an old song has been running through my head. “Tammy, Tammy, Tammy’s in love…..”
From the 1950’s movie Tammy. Tammy played by a young Debbie Reynolds. Our Tammy and that Tammy are one and the same. Bright, vivacious, happy, loving, warm, outgoing, etc.
Enjoy your day!