Recovering from COVID

When I had COVID
@bagarad (14283)
Paso Robles, California
January 15, 2022 11:59am CST
We had a COVID Christmas. I'm not sure where we picked it up, but we were both sick by mid-December. On Thursday December 9 I had a dentist appointment that was very stressful. I went for a walk afterwards. The next day I shipped an order to a customer and went for another walk. On Saturday I went to buy some groceries. I wore a mask when I was indoors in public places. But by Saturday night I was beginning to feel unwell. So was my husband. I told him to stay home from church the next day, and we watched the livestream service, instead. At our family Zoom meeting that day, I told the family I thought we might have Covid, but at that point it was still mild. I thought I'd be able to catch up on my reading. By the next day I knew that wasn't going to happen. I didn't feel like doing anything. People in our church shopped for us. We stayed in and managed to feed ourselves and rest, but by the next week's Zoom meeting it was obvious we were barely getting by and the family intervened. My nephew's wife, a nurse, insisted we call 911 to get checked to make sure we didn't need medical help. (My nephew lives in Fresno, a two-hour drive.) We did call, and the paramedics came to check me out. It was 39 degrees outside. They took me to the front porch and checked my vital signs. My oxygen levels were good and the other signs were normal, so they left me to recover at home. My husband was not as weak as I was. By Monday the family decided that my brother's wife would come from Orange County and care for us for a few days. At first I protested. I knew she was vaccinated, but I also knew vaccinated people were getting sick. She insisted on coming. She made sure we could eat. We had food. People from church had brought bone broth and we had fruit and canned soups and bread. The problem was in not having the strength to heat up the soup or even get to the refrigerator without the fear of fainting. Susan made sure the food got into our stomachs. She cleaned up the kitchen, picked up the mail from the box a block away, shopped if we needed anything. She even cleaned my refrigerator and did some laundry. The day before she left she supervised my shower and I changed my bed linens. I wanted to do these things myself to make sure I could, but felt safer doing them with someone near who could step in and help if I got too weak to finsh what I started. Susan left the morning of Christmas Eve. By then she knew we were strong enough to manage our basic needs alone. That night one of our pastors brought by almost a quart of homemade soup. That became our Christmas dinner the next day. Since Christmas we have been taking it easy and getting stronger. I went shopping for the first time on January 5. Sitting at the computer still was tiring, but I had to resume financial tasks by the end of December. I began to at least check bank accounts, and pay a few bills online. I'm not yet completely back to my normal energy level and Hubby and I still have raspy voices. But neither of us developed serious symptoms beyond being weak. We never had high fevers or had any trouble breathing. I think it's just a matter of time before we're back to good health. Meanwhile, we still stay in a much as possible. I have to continue all the medical and dental appointments that were supposed to be in December next week. The next wo weeks will be difficult. I have clerical work the government requires from me due at the end of January and my brain still isn't back to normal. It still is hard to make decisions and concentrate on getting data. I have forgotten how to do things that used to be routine. They call this brain fog, and it's often part of the COVID experience. Also ahead of me is the completion of one dental implant and the placement of two crowns. I need a complete eye exam that should have been December 27. It will determine whether my eye injury can be healed and my vision brought up to the level that will allow me to keep driving. I'm also waiting to have a painful eruption of some kind on my arm looked at by a dermatologist, but don't know if the insurance approval has ever come in. I'm kind of eager for January and February to end so that all this is behind me. May my friends here escape a serious case of COVID and may this pandemic die down soon.
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@DaddyEvil (137253)
• United States
15 Jan 22
I'm glad you're doing better and that Susan was able to come and stay with you for a while. You obviously needed some help. I hope you continue to do better as you convalesce at home.
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@bagarad (14283)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Jan 22
Thank you. We are happy that Susan has stayed healthy after returning home. I'm gradually getting back to neglected chores as I'm able. Those include doing some cooking again. I made soup a couple of days ago. It was exhausting, but the soup is a healthy one that should last a couple more days.
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@DaddyEvil (137253)
• United States
15 Jan 22
@bagarad You're welcome... I wish you lived closer. I've been making and freezing meals here and would share them with you if I could.
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@bagarad (14283)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Jan 22
@DaddyEvil That's sweet of you. It's the thought that counts. Perhaps there will be others closer to home who will need what you have to share.
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@CarolDM (203478)
• Nashville, Tennessee
15 Jan 22
Good to hear from you. I hope you two recover real soon. Glad you have some help. Thoughts are with you.
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@bagarad (14283)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Jan 22
Thank you for your kind thoughts. We are recovering. Wish I had something more to look forward to than dental appointments and minor surgeries and somehow getting my taxes done in the midst of it. But we have to do what we have to do. I'd rather be on photo walks.
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@CarolDM (203478)
• Nashville, Tennessee
15 Jan 22
@bagarad One step at a time.
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@BarBaraPrz (45011)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 Jan 22
That's a horrible way to spend Christmas, or any other time. Hope you two will continue to get back your health.
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@bagarad (14283)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Jan 22
Our recovery is steady. We didn't have any special plans for Christmas anyway. Not even the family Christmas celebration for the others in Fresno went off as planned, and not because I was sick. Seems the menu in Fresno was going to veer too far away from the traditional one my brother is used to. My brother likes to maintain his lifetime traditions. For me the getting together is more important than the food.
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@much2say (53306)
• Los Angeles, California
15 Jan 22
I hope you and your husband get completely better soon! Thank goodness for that wonderful support around you. Please take care as you continue to recover .
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@much2say (53306)
• Los Angeles, California
17 Jan 22
@bagarad Having less to deal with yourselves was truly life saving! I hope you both will be completely better soon . . . meanwhile I wish you best of luck with the things on your checklist.
@bagarad (14283)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Jan 22
Having a caring family and church family is a great blessing. Without them I'm sure we would be much worse off today and would not be healing as fast.
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@marlina (154184)
• Canada
15 Jan 22
So sorry for you and your husband to have to go through all this, but glad that you are feeling stronger. Wishing you all the best.
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@bagarad (14283)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Jan 22
Thank you. Some things just take time. Healing can't be rushed. Just encouraged with proper food, supplements, and enough sleep. Physical activity that isn't exhausting also helps.
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@kobesbuddy (73151)
• East Tawas, Michigan
15 Jan 22
This is tragic, but many friends and family were willing to reach out, so all your needs were met. Thank God, you are healing, the Lord is our miracle worker! Have you and your husband received the Covid-19 vaccine?
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@bagarad (14283)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Jan 22
We each received the first shot. Hubby got his before he broke his neck last January. I got mine in August. But even the fully vaccinated are catching this. The Lord provided all the help we needed.
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@kobesbuddy (73151)
• East Tawas, Michigan
15 Jan 22
@bagarad Only those who received both doses and the booster shot, aren't getting quite as sick.
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@GardenGerty (156347)
• United States
22 Jan 22
I am thankful you have people who have cared for you through all of this and thankful you did not go into the hospital. It has been over a year since my brother had covid and he still complains of memory loss.
@LadyDuck (451690)
• Switzerland
16 Jan 22
I am so sorry that you both were sick, I hope you are feeling a little better every new day. This virus is horrible, continue to be careful and stay safe.
@mom210 (9019)
• United States
28 Jul 22
Im so sorry you ended up with covid.We had it Christmas 2020 and have not heard from it since thankfully.
@cacay1 (83272)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
16 Jan 22
That was so devastating. You're not sure where you got the virus perhaps in grocery for there are many shoppers. I'm glad you and your hubby weren't in serious condition. Let's hope for a clean earth soon-virus - free.
@GooglePlus (3809)
16 Jan 22
Sending prayers at your end, And wishing you both speedy recovery from the covid weakness. I know we are far away from where you are, do let me know if I could be of any help to you.
• Nairobi, Kenya
16 Jan 22
I hope you recover completely. I'm glad you had someone to help.
• Philippines
16 Jan 22
I hope and pray you two will get better soon. Take care
@DocAndersen (54413)
• United States
16 Jan 22
so sorry you were impacted. It is a horrible pandemic. Hopefully you will be back to normal soon!
@rebelann (110401)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Jan 22
I pray the rest of this year will be wonderful for you. Take care and get well.
@jstory07 (132932)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Jan 22
I hope you get better everyday and this will be behind the two of you. Stay safe.
@wolfgirl569 (91856)
• Marion, Ohio
16 Jan 22
Glad you are doing better now and that you had help.
@JudyEv (321760)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Jan 22
I've heard that about covid - that you're so weak and tired that you can't manage to get a meal together. I'm glad you are over the worst of it and hope you're feeling much better again soon.
@oahuwriter (26786)
• United States
16 Jan 22
So glad you & your husband got help and you're coming back to your usual self. Mine came Christmas evening. Went with EMS to the hospital. They checked and found I'd covid. I was administered Regen-Cov. They watched me for an hour then sent me home. Two days, coughed and felt like a truck rolled over me. But I could taste & detect scent. Third day, it all lifted. Jan 4, quarantine ended. I'm ok now. Get well soon! How is your husband doing?
@banksim (5195)
16 Jan 22
Good to know you are recovering fast