As an environmentalist and counselor living in New York, my counseling and advocating efforts cover what was best for nature: walking and biking.
You see, there were already far too many people who owned cars in this concrete jungle. The taxis that littered the streets added to the traffic jams. Thus, the most practical decision was for me to bike or walk from my apartment to the office.
I would get up at six o’clock every morning, share a coffee with my husband, and get ready for work.
Around a quarter to seven o’clock, I would begin my 15-minute cycle to the environmental law agency that I created. Since I had been riding a bicycle my entire life, the wind might mess up my hairdo a little, but I would not even get winded. But Then, COVID-19 Came
When the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, I gave my employees a chance to work from home. It was safer that way for their families than letting them come to the office all the time and encounter the COVID-19. Some people agreed to do that, but others did not since they had too much work.
I was among those individuals who decided to continue going to the office despite the COVID-19 lockdown rules. My reason was that I owned the firm, and I knew the people who worked for me, so I would most likely be safe from coronavirus transmission. I would wear an anti-coronavirus mask as I cycled to work every day, but I would take it off as soon as my bike stopped in front of the building.
Testing Positive For COVID-19
I thought nothing would go amiss after two months passed, and I was still free from COVID-19. Most of my employees even returned to work as the COVID-19 lockdown in New York had been relaxed. However, everyone became too comfortable in the office. The COVID-19 safety protocols were forgotten until the local hospital called to tell me that one of my employees tested positive for COVID-19. We all worked in the same space, so they strongly suggested requesting a COVID-19 swab test and quarantine at home.
Ordeals Of A COVID-19 Patient
Without any surprises there, I also happened to be one of the people who got the COVID-19. I did not want to believe I got COVID-19 at first because I did not feel any symptoms, but then the COVID-19 began to show up the next day.
I woke up with my entire body aching – as if I worked out for more than eight hours the other day. Then, I took a deep breath, but I ended up dry coughing. Sometime in the night, my temperature spiked for a few hours before going back down again.
I endured all those COVID-19 symptoms for almost two weeks. It was a short period, but if you suffered them, two weeks honestly felt like a never-ending cruel cycle. I thought it was over when I did not get feverish anymore, but I dealt with shortness of breath and more dry coughing.
More on the Symptoms
Feeling The Aftereffects
When I called my doctor, she happily told me that I already survived the roughest stage of COVID-19 infection. “The shortness of breath is normal, considering the virus affected your lungs. You may experience it up to three months, but you should be fine if you take it easy.”
I held on to my doctor’s words, especially the last bit. Still, my brain interpreted the “easy” part differently as I assumed that walking and biking would remain effortless for me. Hence, two weeks after I got cleared of COVID-19, I cycled to work.
Those were the most grueling 15 minutes of my life. After a few pedals, my heart started to thump hard in my chest. When I reached the office, I barely had the energy to set my bike down and sit on the pavement to catch my breath.
Having COVID-19 did not scare me at all, but I broke down right there because it took my endurance away.
Counseling After The Virus
Counseling amid pandemic. My employees helped me get back on my feet and walk to my private office to calm down. Soon enough, our resident counselor arrived, and I told her about the onslaught of fear I experienced as I realized that I could not do my favorite activity anymore due to COVID-19 .
The counseling expert explained that my recent infection would affect my walking and biking habits since COVID-19 pushed my heart and lungs to work hard. I did not notice how much they had been working in the past, but I did now since COVID-19 weakened my lungs. Counseling does wonders in my recovery. “With more patience and training, there’s no doubt that you can feel 100% again,” my COVID-19 the counseling expert said.
My counseling journey wasn’t easy. I understood what the COVID-19 counselor meant, but it took me some time to accept it. My COVID-19 counselor was right – I merely had to be patient enough to strengthen my body. A couple of months passed, and I could go walking and biking without needing to catch my breath again.