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Julia is a mother of a three-year-old, who resides in Texas. She is an essential employee as a health technician for a small clinic. As a health care professional she takes every precaution to protect her family from the COVID-19 virus.

One day in September 2020, she became extremely tired, experienced brain fog and was not physically or mentally focused to complete her duties as a health technician. This influenced her to get tested for COVID-19. Her test came back positive for COVID-19.

“I was not myself, everything felt slow and all I wanted to do was sleep, then came the body aches, dry cough and fever.”

“At first I felt ashamed after I testing positive for COVID-19. I didn’t want my family to know or anyone to know for that matter. But since my yazh is with me, I had to tell someone.”

After Julia got the test results back, she quickly moved into isolation and had her son tested as well. The results of her son’s test came back negative. She asked her family living on the Navajo Nation to care for him while she isolated and recovered.

“My son stayed with his father for a while but he’s a pipe liner, and is busy. So, I reached out to my mom and she along with my brother drove all the way from Arizona to Texas to pick up my son. This was one of the most difficult but best decisions I could do for my son’s protection”

"The doctor gave me the usual 14 days to get well. It actually took me about a month and a half to fully recover”

“My mom, being the saint that she is, brought with her traditional medicines like sage for me to drink and steam, bear root for my cough and other medicines for my body aches and fever. I believe that these natural remedies helped me a lot, but of course I also took some over-the-counter medication and stayed hydrated.”

“While in isolation, I missed my son and thought of him all the time. I think sending my son to my family on the Navajo Nation was the hardest part about my situation. What else are you going to do if you are in isolation?”

Julia’s son is back in Texas with her, and is thankful for the support and love she received from her family while battling her illness.

“Wear your masks, wash your hands and disinfect everything that you purchase. I know we can overcome this virus, like we have overcome many obstacles throughout the years. We can do it! We are strong, and we are resilient!”

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