Gloria Vera-Bedolla tested positive for the corona virus on Monday.
AUSTIN, Texas – Gloria Vera-Bedolla is the mother of three children. She works for the Central Texas Allied Health Institute. She has heart failure and is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
She is also one of the many Texans who tested positive for COVID-19.
Vera-Bedolla was tested on Monday and her experiences shape her fight against the virus. Vera-Bedolla’s son and daughter-in-law were infected with the corona virus last summer. After struggling to even find a COVID-19 test, she said her family had resorted to home remedies during the “really dire situation”.
She said she did not tell her son that she tested positive.
“I don’t want you to come and try to help me,” said Vera-Bedolla. “I want you to stay safe.”
Austin’s mother said she lost three family members this month. In the past two weeks, both her cousin and her cousin’s husband have died from COVID-19 complications.
Since she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, Vera-Bedolla said she always thought that if she got infected with the coronavirus, she “probably wouldn’t make it”.
“I’m kind of relieved because now I have no choice but to face this and I have to work systematically to get better,” she said.
Your symptoms include a sore throat, fever, jaw pain, and difficulty breathing.
“I am really surprised that I got so sick,” said Vera-Bedolla. “You don’t want to sit there and try to breathe when you just sit there and do nothing. I went through that last night. “
For the past year and a half, Vera-Bedolla said she had worked on COVID-19 response work and volunteered at test sites and vaccine clinics. She said initially there are big differences between the test sites in West and East Austin.
She encourages everyone to get vaccinated, unless it’s against her belief, and to wear a mask.
“We know that a piece of cloth can save your life or someone else’s life,” said Vera-Bedolla. “Think of the people who have immune systems that they don’t defend like yours.”
She said that once she recovered, she would work even harder to educate her community about how easy it is to wear a mask and get vaccinated.
“I will work so much harder to make my community aware of what is available, what resources are available to them, so that they too can make it alive,” said Vera-Bedolla.
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