Touching tale of COVID, friends, and prayers

PERSPECTIVE - Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - The Freeman

These October 26 FB posts caught our attention:

“I got the worse of COVID. They put me in a special C19 building. I have double pneumonia, fever, & very weak.”

“Am in ER. Breathing problems, weak, in pain. They gave me morphine. Be careful. This is not fun.”

Prayers flowed in. “Lord, please heal him.”

Next day, October 27, this alarming message:

“Not getting better even with morphine and steroids. They just put me on oxygen, Remdesivir and ordered blood plasma.”

October 28: “Thanks to all who prayed & cared. Looks like it’s going to be a long & slow COVID fight. Fighting for Life. Prayers please.”

Everyone following his posts now started to pray even harder, for a miracle.

His earlier posts before October 26 were clearly informative about the track of the virus that infected him.

On October 18, he asked: “Anybody know of free or inexpensive COVID testing? He added: “Sorry, will miss church tomorrow. Had mild fever, cold, & headache yesterday. Will get test next week. Prayers please. Thanks.”

Two days after, by October 20, he posted-“No sense of taste. No sense of smell. No appetite. No energy. Low fever. Yup. I have the China virus.”

Next day, October 21, his post; “On the way to my COVID test. I ALMOST made it through one year without getting COVID. I was about to brag…”

The next day, October 22, this distressing posted confirmation: “Our lab results show you that YOU DO HAVE COVID-19.”

He shared further: "UPDATE: After getting my COVID test, a friend asked me to pick up a bag by their door. It had lots of food, including warm rice and fish. I devoured the fish but before I could finish, my appetite went away. I saw a group of Homeless at a thrift shop and was about to get off and share my blessings. TOINK! Good thing I realized I can’t do what I used to do anymore, which is very odd for me. Am doing ok. Not getting worse. Just weak. Once the fever completely goes away, I should be on the way to recovery where I hope to be stronger and better. Thanks to all for your prayers and concern. God bless you.”

By October 24, this post: “COVID Update: Am slowly regaining my sense of smell and taste, stopped coughing, and no more fever and headache. I still feel weak but hopefully on the rebound to full recovery. Thanks to all who helped me though this. I appreciate your prayers and concern. COVID is a pretty bad virus. Having to fight it in isolation makes it even tougher. Be careful and stay safe.”

Then, the unexpected turn the next day, October 25: “I relapsed. May need to go to the hospital. Prayers pls. thank you.”

Gratefully, this uplifting, heartwarming October 29th post worth sharing:

“Two godly men braved sleet and snow last night and drove all the way to my hospital parking lot just to pray for me outside!!!! I was half conscious in bed. Did not even answer calls. Then they immediately went back home in the dark. What faith. What gesture of love and friendship. Thank you! I am moved and touched bros!”

And the answered prayer: “I feel better today. No fever. No headache. No body aches. If l can only get up without passing out, l can walk out and leave. He he he. Thanks for all the prayers and intercessions.”

Through his bout with COVID, he shared with all the amazing power of prayer and the awe-inspiring grace/gift of prayerful friends!

Lord, we join all in praying for his complete healing from COVID.


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