My experience with Covid
When I told my kids yesterday I had “the virus”, their responses ranged from I don’t care (to be fair my 7 year old was in a bad mood) to how does it feel?
Here’s how it feels.
On Sunday I wore a mask in public because my throat felt irritated and I was coughing a bit. My hubby poked fun at me for being overly cautious. I told him, we may as well take a lead from Asian countries who were doing this long before covid was a thing.
On Monday I woke up feeling awful, and everything hurt. Headache, sore throat, body aches, and nausea. I stayed in bed and slept all day, only getting up only to use the bathroom and take dayquil. I did manage to drink some protein drinks, since my stomache pain hurt so much I had to have something and it was worth the risk of throwing it up later.
On Tuesday, I had a rough night sleeping. I had chills all night and couldn’t keep warm. I went downstairs sometime in the afternoon and when hubby saw me he said I looked like death. I had a hard time forming sentences cause my head was so groggy. He took my temp and I had a high fever of 102 F. He gave me some tylenol and within an hour, my temp had gone down. I also felt a lot better. Body aches were minimal and walking wasn’t too exhausting. I wasn’t nauseaus but had a low appetite so I still kept to protein drinks and crackers. Later that night, hubby made root beer floats and I had one. I told him they didn’t taste as good as I remember, a bit bland. Which was weird, cause he makes the best tasting floats. That’s when we were like uh oh I may actually have covid.
On Wednesday, I set my alarm to take tylenol every couple hours. I felt mostly fine. I made an appointment to do a drive in covid test at walgreens. I drove myself there in the morning, and the pharmasist handed me a cotton swab. She told me I only had to use the cotton tip and swirl it around both nostrils 5 times. After that was done, they emailed me the results and within an hour let me know I had tested positive for covid. At this point my nausuea was gone and my appetite returned. I was still getting frequent headaches, but the tylenol kept them at bay. I slept well through the night, no chills.
On Thursday, the day I am writing this. I woke up for the first time in a few days without a fever. My symptoms today are a small headache that comes and goes and some fatigue. I did want to get some fresh air today so I walked for maybe 20min or so around my neighborhood. It felt really good but when I got back home I had to sit down and rest. My sore throat is still bad, it just hurts and then I cough and it hurts more. But I am used to lingering coughs that take weeks to get over. I’m just glad I don’t have my tonsils anymore, which would make this recovery more uncomfortable and harder.
So overall for me, there was 1 intense day of not being able to do anything, no eating, getting out of bed, I mean a virus has never got me down that bad before. And I can see how this virus really attacks on all parts of the body. I felt like I had crossed the sahara dessert and my muscles were paying the price. When in reality my body was fighting off a deadly invader and likely defended me from pnumonia as well.
As far as vaccines go, last year I had the pfizer shot and immediately felt my tongue going numb and my throat getting swollen. The nurses gave me benedryl and then I was fine. But it was scary to feel like I couldn’t get enough breath in my lungs for a few minutes there. So I haven’t had any other shots since.
As far as ways I tried to help my body during this process, I will say I am someone who takes probiotics and multivitamins each morning. And some days out of the week, I’ll have an orgain nutritional shake for breakfast. I also try and eat some fruits/veggies daily. Each morning I was sick, and even when I just had the little bit of coughing, I drank an emergen-c drink each morning and did salt water gargles. I have throat coat tea and drink honey/lemon in my teas as well.
So I felt like I sort of ramped up on what I already do regularly. Which is making sure I give my body a lot of nutrients. Even more so in times like this. This could of helped lessen my symptoms, or maybe it didn’t really affect it. Either way, it’s more of a lifestyle to me and I like how I feel, so yeah. I enjoy going for walks ocassionally outside or on my treadmil and practice yoga. I was at the chiropractor a few weeks ago and a week before I got sick, I had gotten a massage. So I feel like I was feeling really good in my body before I got sick, so that might have helped too.
Sending healing vibes for anyone going through covid 💜