Hear a Milwaukee Woman's Experience with COVID-19

This is why it's important to follow the safer at home guidelines

April 21, 2020
Jordan Dechambre

Meet my friend Jordan Dechambre.

She's a healthy, active, vibrant woman who normally bounces back pretty quickly if she feels sick.

But that all changed on March 30th.

Here's her story:

Jordan also took to social media to express how important it is to follow the Safer at Home guidelines. This is her post:

Ok, here’s a little real talk. The past few weeks have not been easy.

Back on March 30, I started not feeling well. The first few days I chalked it up to allergies and continued to power through my first few days of furlough with games and walks and virtual happy hours.

But a few days later, I knew something just wasn’t right. I had developed a fever, chills, body aches and lightheadedness. By the end of the week I had a Zoom appointment with my doctor, who diagnosed me with probable COVID-19.

Although I have an underlying medical condition, a heart arrhythmia, due to the lack of testing available in Milwaukee at that time I was unable to be tested. The days that followed were difficult. My fever got worse, I developed trouble breathing and was so exhausted I could barely walk from my bedroom to the bathroom. This lasted for five days.

In fact, I’ve only started to really feel like myself again the past few days — more than two weeks later. My fever hung on for 7 days, then popped back up here and there over the next five days. The fatigue has gotten better but I still feel like I’m operating at about 70%. The trouble breathing was scary — the oddest sensation in my lungs that was reminiscent of a time when I had surgery and didn’t take enough deep breaths to get all the anesthesia out of my lungs.

But none of this was the worst part. First, there was the not knowing. Did I have this thing, this virus inside of me or did I have a bad case of the flu? And second, because my doctor said I needed to treat it like it was COVID-19, I had to be alone.

Parker did an amazing job taking care of me, wearing a mask and staying/sleeping in the living room while I was in the bedroom. He couldn’t hug me, he couldn’t touch me. He could tell me everything was going to be OK, which he did day after day as I got more and more depressed and scared. He was my rock.

So, why am I telling you this? A few reasons. I want anyone who might be going through this to know that I get it. It’s an indescribable loneliness. And I get it.

The other reason I wanted to share this is because of the current response to Gov. Evers’ extended Stay at Home order. If this extension keeps just one person from the loneliness of isolation, from a hospital bed, from struggling for their life, from a funeral home — a few more weeks of putting your life on hold is worth it.

It’s not about YOU. It’s about your friends, your family, nurses, grocery store workers, a person you’ve never met before but whose life you could be saving by staying at home.

I understand the impact this has taken on businesses, small businesses in particular. I work at a boutique hotel, Parker is a hair stylist. Both of us are currently not working. My freelance clients are all small businesses. It’s the hardest of the hard, the toughest of the tough. But small businesses have a chance to come back from this. Not every person who is infected with this virus has that chance.

Listen, for all I know I didn’t even have it. As soon as antibodies tests are available, I’ll be tested and if I did have it, I’ll be the first in line to donate plasma to help save someone else.

YOU can save someone else by staying home. It’s that simple.

Be well, friends. Stay strong, stay healthy and above all, stay compassionate.

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Stay safe friends!


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