State Sen. Sessions discusses coping with COVID-19 after seven-day hospital stay — ‘Praise the Lord, we’re on the mend’
During an appearance on FM Talk 106.5’s “The Jeff Poor Show” on Friday, State Sen. David Sessions (R-Grand Bay) talked about overcoming a bout with coronavirus, which included seven days in the hospital recently.
Sessions, whose district includes Alabama’s southwestern-most corner, said his COVID-19 ordeal led to a pneumonia scare. He explained he had since turned the corner was recovering.
“Unfortunately, I was in that 5% that have issues,” he said. “When I should have been getting over it, it was turning into pneumonia. I wound up being in the hospital for a total of close to seven days. But praise the Lord, we’re on the mend. It’s just going to take awhile. It really takes a lot out of you, makes you very weak, but I’m gaining my strength back day by day.”
Sessions is among several Alabama lawmakers that have contracted COVID-19 and have recovered, a list that includes State Sens. Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman), Jim McClendon (R-Springville), Donnie Chesteen (R-Geneva), Tom Whatley (R-Auburn) and Randy Price (R-Opelika).
Sessions said his experience did not change his outlook or approach to government policy regarding COVID-19. He said he had made efforts to be cautious throughout the pandemic.
“Really, it doesn’t,” he replied. “I want people to be vigilant and careful. My whole attitude the whole time was, err on the side of caution. Unfortunately, I thought I was being very cautious — wearing my mask when I was around strangers. But, you know, somehow I got exposed and didn’t realize it, and wound up with the virus. It is a devastating virus on some people, and it was pretty rough on me, but it was much rougher on others. I’m hoping people will get their vaccines, and hoping people will get this herd immunity up — and we’ve had over 2 million that have had it in the United States, or maybe even that by now. But it is something to deal with, and we just got to keep on. You know you got to keep living. I don’t think it is no worse in Florida than it is anywhere else. Florida has been a pretty good example on how to handle it. They didn’t close down. We didn’t close down. I would much rather wear a mask and have our economy open and try to keep our businesses afloat. It has been difficult.”
@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.