‘Not being able to breathe was the worst.’
MERCED — The walk from Tom Price’s living room to his kitchen was only a few feet. But it felt like miles.
The 33-year-old from Merced was hit with valley fever in 2006. He had trouble breathing, and he was so fatigued for a month that the simplest tasks felt arduous.
“It was scary,” he said. “It was the first time I had ever been very sick. Not being able to breathe was the worst.”
Price remembers developing a high fever and sweats. He went to his regular doctor, who thought he had the flu.