MEMPHIS, Tenn. — More than 200,000 people have died in the U.S. from the coronavirus.
In Shelby County, more than 500 people have died from the virus.
In the middle of a global pandemic, it’s more important now that you monitor your health.
Beverly Taylor is someone who would consider herself pretty healthy.
That is until one day in April when she suddenly collapsed at her home in front of her family.
“The next thing I know, I was in ICU with doctors standing over me,” Taylor told FOX13.
Taylor woke up in the ICU at Methodist South confused, not aware of what just happened.
“I’m like, what’s going on? Doctors asking me my name, asking me to verify the date. Asking me what was the presidents name.”
It was there in the ICU where Taylor was diagnosed with several health complications.
“They were saying I had diabetes, I had pancreatitis, I had severe dehydration. I had tested negative for COVID and that I had stage 2 kidney damage,” said Taylor.
Diabetes is considered a comorbidity for COVID-19. That means, Taylor is now in the high-risk category for not only catching COVID-19, but possibly dying from it too.
“It was very overwhelming considering we’re in a pandemic,” said Taylor.
This is why doctors say it’s important for you to monitor your health. Methodist Le Bonheur is offering free diabetes maintenance health classes to help you stay healthy. Classes are virtual because of the pandemic. They’re free and available for anyone, you don’t have to be a patient at Methodist.
Taylor says these classes are important because she experienced all of the classic symptoms of a diabetic, but like most of us tend to do, she ignored them.
“I was extremely exhausted, I thought that was work. I had blurred vision, I thought maybe I had been close to the computer too much.”
Taylor encourages everyone to monitor your health. If something feels off, go to your doctor. If you have questions about what your doctor tells you, Taylor says don’t be afraid to ask questions. Taylor is much healthier now. She has lost 60 pounds in the last 6 months and is down to only taking insulin once a day.
If you want to register for Methodist Le Bonheur’s free health classes, go to their website.
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