Im Peter Wong.
Were at Bayonne Medical Center and I run the cardiology department here at Bayonne.
There are first responders and then there are first responders,
and there are two people who I know,they developed the disease,
and the first thing that they did after three to four weeks of severe illness, is come right back to the front.
I have had COVID.
I tested COVID-positive early in April.
I had classic symptoms of sore throat.
Then I developed a fever and chills,body aches and was sick for about 15 days.
I work in the emergency room.
Ive been here in Bayonne Medical Center for almost 11 years now.
Im a certified ER nurse.
Im also a COVID recovery patient.
When they told me I had COVID,thats the time that I said, "Oh gosh."
I was so short of breath.
I have two kids.
One is in New York and one is a 17-year old who stayed with me at home.
When I was really sick, I felt so disgusted because I cannot hug my son anymore.
I said goodbye to my kids already.
I told my oldest son, "You have money for college. I put it on the side."
My mother died when I was five and I said Im not going to leave them like that.
I have a wonderful husband and weve been married for two years.
We are currently having a baby girl in September.
So, were about 23 weeks pregnant with a surrogate.
Bringing a child into the world right now is,it scares me.
In general, we have to, you know,be very cautious about newborns with infection.
Come September, I hope theres some better way to test and be comfortable that I wouldnt get COVID.
I want to feel comfortable going near my child.
A week after I had the COVID, thats the only time I relaxed.
Thats the only time I said, "Okay, I can do this."
I came back to work sixteen days after I was diagnosed with COVID.
When I completely recovered,I returned to the emergency room immediately.
My staff was in need of support.
They needed my direction and just let them know that its okay to come back as long as you follow the institutional guidelines.
It was so good to be back.
My perspective is different.
The way I treated the patient is different, different after because I have experienced it.
It really felt so good to be back.