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* Rep. Anne Stava-Murray on Facebook…
Hello all- this is likely to be my last update for a few days while I take some doctor mandated rest.
My doctors suspect I have COVID-19, which has triggered asthma for me (previously I’ve only had sports induced asthma) and puts me in an at risk category.
Due to the lack of available tests and my age; I will likely not be tested unless I need to be admitted to a hospital but am assumed to be positive based on my symptoms.
I want to take a moment to advocate for second opinions if you need them.
My first urgent care telehealth visit ended with potentially deadly advice about what qualifies as “bad enough” to go to the hospital.
The advice didn’t pass the “smell test” for me and sure enough when I got a second and third opinion, all other nurses and doctors confirmed that if I waited as long as they indicated, I would likely be unconscious and not able to be saved by the time I got to the hospital.
Now, hopefully my body will just kick this, but in the case that it doesn’t and I’m part of the 20% who need to be hospitalized, I’m grateful for those nurses and doctors who steered me into a safer course of action.
Please listen to your instincts and get another opinion if something doesn’t sit right with you about your first visit.
I am grateful that I have been extremely serious about social distancing (the last time I went anywhere was March 16 for a necessity from Home Depot), in that I don’t have on my conscience worrying about any others I may have unwittingly gotten ill.
Within my household, multiple family members are now showing signs so in addition to attempting to rest, I will also be helping (as I’m able) to take care of my children.
While I will not personally be available while I attempt to maintain a safe oxygen level above the one pictured here, my superstar chief off staff Kim will still be around to pass questions on to the Governor’s team as needed.
I can’t be 100 percent sure, but I think Rep. Stava-Murray is the first Illinois legislator to come forward with this sort of news.