I received your mom’s email while sitting in rush hour traffic today. She wrote that you have COVID. She also told me that you’re terrified of this illness even though the doctor says you’re going to be perfectly okay.
Still, I was determined to do something about your situation, so I called my physician friend for some medical advice.
“He has COVID?” said my friend.
“Yes. What should he do?”
“Hmmmm. Has this child been to a doctor?”
“Yes, the doctor did tests and told his mom he would be fine. He barely even has symptoms.”
“Hmmm, is she monitoring him?”
“Look, if the physician says he’s okay, then your friend really needs to relax because managing anxiety is one of the big problems we’re seeing in COVID patients.”
So I said to my friend, “Don’t tell me to relax, you luxury-sedan driving punk!”
My friend went on to explain that many COVID patients are experiencing crippling fear about their illness because of things they’ve heard in the news. And here’s the thing, Peyton. In some cases this fear is
doing far more harm than the actual sickness. I’m not saying this is what’s happening to you, but according to your mom and your family physician, you need a happy distraction right now.
“Make him smile, get his mind on something else,” said my doctor friend, empathetically, as he tossed his golf clubs into his Lexus.
Well, I’m always one to heed medical advice, so I thought I’d use this opportunity to tell you the story about the only time in my life when I won something. Maybe it will make you feel better, Peyton.
I promise, I’ll try not to make this a long story, and if you believe that, then I also have a suspension bridge in New York I’d like to sell you.
It all began one day at the grocery store when I…