I have covid . . .
I’m fairly certain I picked it up this past Tuesday. Wednesday night I had a slight throat-clearing cough. Not sure if this was covid related or not. Saturday I had a fever of 100.5, along with some achiness. I got tested on Saturday and received the positive test result on Sunday. Last night was a bit worse than the night before. I had chills and aches. When I am not sick I am usually more or less pain free; when I get a cold or flu all my old aches and pains come back for an encore. That happened last night. In addition, the cough moved into my lungs and became deeper, and I got just a bit wheezy. This morning with the help of acetaminophen I feel pretty good – if you dropped me into my body without telling me that I had covid it might take me a while to notice that I was sick. I don’t have any other symptoms.
My initial reaction to my diagnosis was fairly optimistic. I thought it was likely I would have a mild case and would soon be able to visit family and friends again, including a favorite uncle who is quite sick. Having read a bit on disease progression, I think my initial take may have been a bit optimistic. I am still early in the course of the disease; things could definitely go south over the next 3 to 5 days. My sense is that I have a small chance (maybe 10% to 20%) of ending up in the hospital, and other than that an even chance of skating through relatively unscathed or spending several days struggling to breath but pulling through at home. Having the cough move to my chest last night was sobering.
Although I hope to get through this relatively easily and to enjoy a real benefit from immunity (I would not be vaccine-eligible for months) I would not have chosen to get sick. The prospect of gasping for breath for a several days at home is very unappealing, choking to death alone would be oh-so-much worse. I would rather have waited for a vaccine. Be careful out there!
Take care. That’s a bummer
gasping for breath for a several days at home is very unappealing, choking to death alone would be oh-so-much worse. I would rather have waited
bless us all; Mortals though we’d be!
two months ago I ordered an oxygen concentrator from Amazon for roughly $500 as I remember it. so far I haven’t had occasion to use it or pass it on to someone who did need to use it. at the time I was thinking I could just go to the hospital if I need to, but the problem there is always that I could give virus to someone else at the hospital. I could be actually negative but go and pick up covid at the hospital. I thought it was wiser to have more oxygen on hand. on the box it says you get a 95% concentration of oxygen. I don’t know how true that is or whether it’s only under optimal conditions. Send one of these to your favorite uncle!
Very sorry to hear.
Take great care.
We need your voice.
So sorry to hear. Get well soon!
I’m so sorry man. Just got over it too. Here are my tips to help protect your sanity: if you don’t have a good fingertip pulse oximeter get one ASAP. A humidifier is a godsend. Find a cough drop you love because you’ll need a lot of them, I went through pounds of Ricola lemon. And Mucinex every 12 hours religiously really helped me sleep better and breathe better.
Inexpensive pulse oximeter can be found on Amazon, or if you want an FDA certified one I used this one, it’s web-enabled so that family can keep track on you from afar if necessary : https://www.fora-shop.com/products/spo2-fingertip-pulse-oximeter
Wish you well and read AB every day although rarely comment. Get some Zinc Sulfate and vitamin D3 along with Vit C. High doses of all and it helped me moderate and get over it. No kidding and Google it you will find info on those as well
is this a good time to ask how you are doing?
thanks to all for practical advice.
Justin… i can’t imagine an “oxygen concentrator.” are you sure?