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Tony Boselli, a three-time All-Pro offensive lineman, recently discussed the severity of the coronavirus after spending five days in a Florida hospital after a positive diagnosis of COVID-19.
The former Jacksonville Jaguar player said he was taken to the intensive care unit at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, where he was given intravenous fluids and oxygen to help him breathe. He would have lost 20 pounds in the past two weeks.
Boselli was admitted on March 25 before being released on Tuesday. He said he still feels weak but tested negative for the virus on Wednesday, ESPN reported. He is awaiting an additional test to confirm the results.
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“It was a little fuzzy, but I remember [the pulmonologist] saying, “If we don’t stabilize your oxygen, we’ll have to go to the next level,” said Boselli. “I remember posing there thinking,” What do you mean, if it doesn’t work? He said, “We don’t know which direction it’s going to go. »»
Boselli, 47, added that the only people who could see him were health workers in full protective gear.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been like I thought I was going to die, but I remember having the conversation with myself: I don’t want to die here,” said Boselli.
The five-time Pro Bowler said he had minor symptoms on March 16 – after playing golf the previous weekend – but didn’t think much about it because he didn’t have a fever.
On March 18, his symptoms worsened due to a cold, and the same day he received a call saying that he had met someone who had tested positive. Boselli consulted his doctor and was tested before the results concluded that he had the virus two days later, reported ESPN.
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Boselli said his condition had worsened considerably over the next four days, adding that he was 47 years old and “in perfect health”.
“I thought I was getting better, and then I woke up one day and went downstairs fast,” said Boselli, according to Jaguars.com. “It was then that I said to myself:” Sacred cow … it’s real “. When I went to the hospital, I thought I was going to get fluids and medicine. They took an x-ray and said, “You are not leaving. You go to the ICU. I say to myself, “What? You realize that these things get out of control fairly quickly. “
He credits the hospital’s medical staff with recovery assistance – while adding the experience that taught him: “Now is the time to listen to the healthcare professional and the experts, and what they are telling us.” say. “
“The fact is, it’s real,” added Boselli, according to the team’s website. “This is not a political debate. It’s not if you’re on one side or the other of the aisle. “
As a healthy individual who has had many grueling NFL seasons, he said the virus “hit me on the butt”, adding that it gave him a perspective on what other people more vulnerable to the virus might face.
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“Think of other people too,” he told Jaguars.com. “There are people who have underlying medical conditions like asthma and diabetes and compromised immune systems. We have seniors, of course. I can’t imagine not being healthy and going through what I just went through. “