My Experience with COVID-19

Back in September, I traveled out to California where I learned how to scuba dive and earned my certification. It was awesome. When my trip ended and I flew home, I was feeling crappy and rundown. I didn’t feel sick or anything yet, but I just didn’t feel right. By the time I got home that night, I was feeling pretty bad. So, I took my temperature and it was 100.8 degrees.

My first thought was that maybe I was just so exhausted from the trip that I got worn down and sick. I am vaccinated so COVID wasn’t my first thought. The next day, however, I still had a fever and decided I should get a test just in case. Sure enough, I had it. It really messes with your head, knowing there’s something in your body that could possibly kill you. I just kept telling myself that I am stronger than this and I’ll be ok.

Overall, my symptoms just included a fever and feeling crappy. I had never felt this bad before. There were no other symptoms, like a cough or sore throat. I didn’t have it too bad compared to some. It certainly could have been a lot worse.

After 3-4 days of feeling bad, I started to feel better. My mind eased up when I realized that I was going to make it through this. Another few days went by and I was finally back to normal. I have had two negative COVID tests. I’m so happy that I can finally leave my house again. That was the hardest part. Quarantining for 10 days was rough.

I just wanted to share my experience. This virus hits everyone differently. I hope you all stay safe out there and remember: consider the risk versus the reward!

About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.