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Overland Park resident encourages people to get vaccinated

By Chara
Lilian Vivar wants people to get their COVID vaccination shots.
To inspire people to do so, the Overland Park, Kansas, resident is sharing her story of how getting vaccinated helped her fight COVID-19.
Vivar went to visit her family. Suddenly, she felt like she was getting a cold, she recalled.
“I was feeling very tired,” Vivar said. “I was feeling sleepy and with no energy.”
There were light symptoms her first few days, Vivar said. Then, one night, she woke up in pain.
“My body was achy,” she said. “The first thing that came to my mind was, I felt what … (I was) feeling the same day I got vaccinated.”
The next day, Vivar knew something was wrong and decided to get tested.
“I work from home, so I called my boss and told him I was feeling weak,” she said. “Then, I went to get tested and I was positive.”
Vivar’s first thought was denial, she said. She thought it was a mistake.
Vivar’s first days were miserable.
“I was very achy,” she said. “I was feeling really sick. (But) I couldn’t … (be) more (thankful) for being vaccinated.”
After 10 days, Vivar was still fighting the virus, but was in the final stage of healing, as of this writing. She avoided hospitalization because of the vaccine, she said.
“When I was lying on my bed, I thought that it was important to let people know how important it was to get vaccinated,” Vivar said. “I was feeling (like) crap and I couldn’t imagine how unvaccinated people would feel.”
Within the next few days, Vivar will get tested again. She expects to be negative.
Vivar also will need blood work to ensure her recovery goes as expected, she said.
“My doctor told me to get some blood work done to make sure everything was good with my organs,” Vivar said. “COVID-19 is a horrible virus and we don’t see all the stuff the virus can cause inside your body.”
Vivar advises anyone with COVID-19 to seek medical attention and follow the doctor’s instructions. Anyone who is not vaccinated should get vaccinated, she said.
“I really want to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and get their booster,” Vivar said. “I was vaccinated and received my booster three weeks before I got sick. I honestly can’t imagine how I would have felt if I wasn’t vaccinated.”


Sobreviente de COVID anima a las personas a vacunarse

Lilian Vivar quiere que la gente reciba sus vacunas contra el COVID.
Para inspirar a la gente a hacerlo, la residente de Overland Park, Kansas, comparte su historia de cómo vacunarse la ayudó a combatir el COVID-19.
Vivar fue a visitar a su familia. De repente, se sintió como si estuviera resfriada, recordó.
“Me sentía muy cansada”, dijo. “Tenía mucho sueño y me sentía sin energía”.
Vivar cuenta que tuvo síntomas leves en los primeros días. Y entonces, una noche, se despertó con dolor.
“Me dolía el cuerpo”, dijo. “Lo primero que me vino a la mente fue que sentí lo que … (estaba) sintiendo el mismo día que me vacuné”.
Al día siguiente, Vivar supo que algo andaba mal y decidió hacerse la prueba.
“Trabajo desde casa, así que llamé a mi jefe y le dije que no me sentía bien”, dijo. “Luego, fui a hacerme la prueba y di positivo”.
Su primer pensamiento fue la negación, dijo. Pensó que era un error.
Los primeros días fueron miserables.
“Me dolía mucho”, dijo. “Me sentía muy mal. (Pero) no podría … (estar) más (agradecido) por estar vacunada”.
Después de 10 días, Vivar todavía estaba luchando contra el virus, pero está en la etapa final de curación, al momento de escribir este artículo. Evitó la hospitalización debido a la vacuna, dijo.
“Cuando estaba acostado en mi cama, pensé que era importante que la gente supiera lo importante que era vacunarse”, dijo Vivar. “Me sentía muy mal y no podía imaginar cómo se sentirían las personas no vacunadas”.
En los próximos días, se volverá a hacer la prueba. Espera que salga negativa.
Vivar también necesitará análisis de sangre para garantizar que su recuperación sea la esperada, dijo.
“Mi médico me dijo que me hiciera algunos análisis de sangre para asegurarme de que todo estaba bien con mis órganos”, dijo. “El COVID-19 es un virus horrible y no vemos todas las cosas que el virus puede causar dentro de su cuerpo”.
Vivar aconseja a cualquier persona con COVID-19 que busque atención médica y siga las instrucciones del médico. Cualquiera que no esté vacunado debe vacunarse, dijo.
“Realmente quiero animar a todos a que se vacunen y reciban su refuerzo”, dijo. “Me vacunaron y recibí mi refuerzo tres semanas antes de enfermarme. Honestamente, no puedo imaginar cómo me habría sentido si no estuviera vacunada”.

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