I looked at the phone in my hand. I had just done what I thought was impossible. I actually did it.
I “converted” a “die-hard”.
I had just convinced a friend that was holding out, stating she would never be vaccinated, to get the shot.
I wanted to roll my wheelchair in circles. I wanted to shout at the top of my lungs. I wanted to throw my partially used masks in the air and do a happy dance. I converted one of ye olde faithful!
I used no flashy charts and graphs. I didn’t prepare a lengthy presentation with a question and answer session at the end. I didn’t pound my fist against the Physicians Desk Reference and the Merck Manual as I extolled the virtues of vaccination from a pulpit.
I simply wore my old friend down to the point where she couldn’t stand it any longer.
I remember it like it was two days ago. Actually, it was two days ago that it all happened, but the story goes back a bit further. Like March of 2021. It seems like it was such a long time ago, but it wasn’t.
I stood there with the phone in my hand, in complete shock. This was a very good friend of mine and she just told me that she was diagnosed with COVID. Her little girl voice sounded like she was a million miles away…
“Are they sure?” I asked. They were sure. She had all the symptoms. We would later find out that everyone in her house from her children to her husband, were all infected. This was before the world knew anything about the Delta variant, and we were still fighting the original strain of the virus.
Amazon acted as an intermediary between us, as we were forced to communicate by text and packages from delivery people. I thought of her day and night as she fought to keep me updated about her symptoms. I can say for sure that she was suffering terribly and that there was very little that we could do except wait it out.
She eventually showed up in an ER in New Jersey. Because of her preexisting conditions, she was given authorization to get the monoclonal antibody treatment. After receiving it, she claimed to me that it “had saved her life” and that…