A person from North Texas hopes to share his experience with COVID-19 while he is hospitalized and will encourage others to take the virus seriously.
Andre Terry, a father and Dallas-based designer, is being treated to Baylor Scott & White of Irving because he tested positive for COVID-19 last Saturday. Doctors have confirmed that he also has pneumonia, Terry said.
Terry said that he did not initially exhibit symptoms such as cough or fever, but he did experience fatigue.
“I’m a fashion designer, so I was working at home,” he said. “Then I got real tired, literally stopped in between projects and was like, ‘God, I have to lay.”
Terry said it was sometimes intended to break up quickly, which turned into hours-long relaxation. Knowing “something” was wrong, but not knowing what it was, he said he got the COVID-19 test last Thursday.
“I was too tired to walk back to my car. I was to sit on a park bench and my car was parked in the parking lot. I had to sit there and I thought, ‘Something’s not right,’ “Terry said.
The test confirmed that it was COVID-19 positive on Saturday. Still, Terry said his symptoms were mild. He started feeling better by Monday, which is when he decided to go to the hospital.
He saw a pain on the edge of his body.
“At first I thought, ‘Maybe I’m sleeping too late and sleeping on the wrong side.’ But then there was a slight cough around here and there. When I took a deep breath, I could almost feel like a rib or rib, “he said.” He did some X-rays on my chest, I said that I have a fever. They were happy that I came in, but it looks like they needed to keep me. I was like ‘Why?’ He said, ‘Your chest is full of pneumonia.’
According to the CDC, viruses, bacteria, and fungi can all cause pneumonia. In the United States, the common causes of viral pneumonia are influenza, respiratory synchrotial virus (RSV), and SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
“I thought what was going to happen to me? I was not ill. I was not around anyone who was ill. I was paying attention to the cough, ”Terry said.
He said he feels better than Friday when he first arrived at the hospital on Monday. However, when he could go home, he was tossed indiscriminately.
“I’m all manly and trying to think, ‘This is nothing.” As soon as I start walking, I am holding my breath. I’m still telling them, ‘Oh, I’m just overweight. It will be alright. ‘ He said, ‘No, you are barely breathing like we are talking.’
He said he hopes people will exercise caution, notice any symptoms, and may undergo tests to protect themselves and others.
“I really want people to know that just to be careful,” he said. “It’s really important, I think, whenever you’re around your friends, especially with these conferences.”
This week, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council treated more than 2,400 patients for COVID-19 in hospitals in North Texas.
* Map locations are approximate, central locations for the city and are not meant to indicate where actual infected people live.
** County totals include not only Coleen, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant, but all 32 North Texas counties.