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Local woman shares story
of fighting COVID-19

From the April 22, 2020 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   Healthcare professionals are obviously on the "front lines" of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, they are at a higher risk and some have contracted the virus. One local resident who falls in that category is Monica Stewart of Ellaville, who is a registered dietitian for DaVita Dialysis.
   Dialysis is definitely an essential medical service/treatment, as it helps keep patients' blood clean and removes toxins from their bodies to help them stay alive.
   Her regular duties include counseling patients on their bi-monthly lab results and helping them adjust their diet and fluid intake as needed. She has also been assisting with taking temperatures and providing face masks, as well as cleaning the lobby with bleach water.
   In spite of taking strong precautions, somewhere along the line Stewart became infected. She left work on April 13 and later received the word of her positive test result.
   "My symptoms started out as a sinus headache, body-aches, and fatigue," she said. "Then I had a fever of 100.7 and chills; then chest pain, shortness of breath, and more body-aches. I also had a decreased appetite, loss of smell and taste, and dry coughing came later."
   However, she felt a little better each day and as of Tuesday she had no fever and the coughing and chest pains had also gone away. She has been quarantined except to ... The rest of the story.