World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman, who has been fighting COVID-19, opened up recently about what he has been going through since his symptoms started last week.
"Please take this very, very serious," he wrote on his Instagram on Sunday. "... I am fit and strong and have a high tolerance for pain, but this virus kicked the crap out of me like nothing I have ever experienced before.
"Muscle and joint pain on another level. Headaches that feel like a chisel going through your head, scraping little bits off each time, fever, muscles that just did not want to work like (Saturday) walking my dog, Apollo, my quads and hip flexors just did not want to work due to fatigue.
"Then my taste failed where beer tastes bad and wine the same. And finally at times struggling with memory of names and things. Then there is irritation. So please take care."
One day after going home following an ER visit due to COVID-19 symptoms, Norman posted he was back in a Palm Beach hospital Sunday afternoon.
Norman also had a message to those in denial of the deadly virus.
"And for those doubters out there, do not judge or cast unwarranted comments and opinions," he wrote. "I would not want anyone, even you, to experience this hideous virus. So I ask, do what is right, not just for you, but your family, friends, co-workers and other people around.
"I am luckier than most and for that I am thankful and blessed. Also the world is blessed science has acted and performed like never before in getting a vaccine/s for all to eventually receive. Thank you to those people."
Norman recounted what he had said in a video message posted Thursday, that he had tested negative under the PGA Tour bubble after playing in the PNC Championship in Orlando with his son, Greg Jr. That tournament ended Dec. 20, but he had started experiencing COVID-19 symptoms that included fever, headaches, muscle aches, and flu-like symptoms.
On Friday afternoon, Norman posted pictures on his Instagram from a hospital room.
"This sums it all up. My Christmas Day,” Norman captioned a photo with him in a mask.
Norman was the No. 1 golfer in the world for 331 weeks, a record later broken by Tiger Woods. He has 88 international golf victories, including a pair of British Open championships.
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