‘Nobody was really taking me seriously,’ Texas COVID-19 victim says

Brie Osmon, 27, said she wants to help other people who may have the virus and not know it. (KXII photo)
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GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas (KXII) A Collin County woman who works in Grayson County said she tested positive for COVID-19, and wants people to know how hard it was to get the test.

Brie Osmon, 27, said she wants to help other people who may have the virus and not know it.

She said it all started last week when she woke up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat with body aches, a sore throat, cough, and trouble breathing.

She went to the emergency room at the hospital where she works.

She said she was diagnosed with bronchitis, and told she could go back to work.

"Something just wasn't right, I had all the signs and symptoms of COVID, and nobody was really taking me seriously," Osmon said.

Osmon wasn't taking any chances after her strep and flu tests came back negative.

"I couldn't stop shivering I was so unbelievably cold, yet my fever was basically baking me from the inside out," Osmon said.

She said she went to Red River ER that night.

"No energy, I mean to keep your eyes open at all is a task, I am fighting for air every day," Osmon said.

Doctors there ordered her to quarantine, and tested her for COVID-19.

A few days later, she got the call.

"We have your test results and it's positive, which was the last thing that I really expected and I was kind of hoping I was just over reacting," Osmon said.

But she's glad she took precautions.

Osmon has a daughter and an immuno-compromised son who are both safe with other family members.

"My husband, he got the kids out of the house before I ever got back from the ER so I did not actually come in contact with them that day," Osmon said.

Her husband is in quarantine with her, they're trying to stay apart and so far he does not have symptoms.

But she said she is still wearing a mask.

Osmon said she's disappointed with how hard it was to get tested at first.

"When you're COVID positive and you can't breathe and you're being told to just stay at home so, are we supposed to just kind of die at home too if we don't get the help we need because people don't take us seriously?" Osmon said.

Osmon said watching an interview about a woman in another part of the U.S. who tested positive for COVID-19, helped her realize it was serious.

So she hopes her story will help someone else.

She encourages people with symptoms to speak up and take action.