Portia Saunier, an RN at St. Elizabeth, learned she had COVID on September 7th, 2020. By September 15th, 2020 Portia was admitted to the hospital where she would spend the next 12 days, "the majority of my visit was a blur. I was on 15 liters of oxygen, IV antibiotics, blood thinners, and received both Remdesivir and plasma. I have never been so sick and completely terrified in my life. The feeling of not being able to breathe is scary."
Even 6+ months since her diagnosis, she can still feel COVID's effects, "my body constantly reminds me that I am not the same and not sure if it ever will be."
When St. Elizabeth started offering the COVID-19 vaccine to their Associates, Portia was reluctant. She still had antibodies and decided to wait to get vaccinated. She took that time to reach out to physicians and nurse practitioners for their advice. Her trusted medical advisors all encouraged her to get vaccinated. Her "ultimate decision was based on [her] experience with COVID as a patient.
When asked about the most recent surge in COVID Portia shares, "it's frightening to me and my family. I pray for the families that have lost loved ones to this virus and continue to pray that people will get vaccinated to help reduce the spread."