It took over a year and a half, but I finally got COVID. It’s a relief, actually. In case you just want the highlights, it’s like having the flu, except I was never nauseous and never vomited. You sleep for most of it. The loss of taste and smell is so weird. After it’s over, you feel invincible and maybe a little sassy.
I did have a few folks ask me about the experience, so I decided to write it in the log format below. The first question most ask is if I had been vaccinated. The answer is yes. I was vaccinated in April 2021. One doctor said that if I hadn’t been vaccinated it would have been worse. Not sure I buy that, but what do I know.
Saturday, November 6, 2021 - Exposed to COVID
Sunday, November 7, 2021 – Ran a half marathon with no problems, actually my personal best time.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – The symptoms began to arrive this afternoon. It started with a headache, sore throat, and chills. I couldn’t get warm, yet had a fever. I became very tired and slept on-and-off that afternoon and evening.
Wednesday, November 10, 2121 – In addition to the symptoms from yesterday, my body began to be achy. I stayed on the couch unless to use the restroom all day and night. My body felt like lead. I didn’t want to sit up, I just wanted to lay flat. I knew I had to cancel everything I had planned to do but it was an effort to gather the strength to make the calls. Robert went to Walgreen’s to purchase COVID test kits. Two come in a kit. The store would only sell him one kit. He explained that there were four of us. He was told to purchase one in the store and then go to the drive-through to get the other. I was positive along with our two boys. Robert’s test was negative. I checked for COVID remedies online. The medical article I read gave specific over-the-counter medicines for each symptom. At the end of the article, it said if you can avoid all medicines and just let your body fight the virus, that is the best strategy. Consequently, I didn’t take anything. I decided to go off Keto and add more carbs to my diet but couldn’t eat very much. Food seemed disgusting and I only had a few bites the entire day. I’m having trouble with eye-hand-coordination.
Thursday, November 11, 2021 – Fever, achy, headache, slight cough. Slept most of the day and night. Occasionally opened my eyes, but only for short periods of time. Just ate small amounts of food. My fever reached its highest at 101.8. Still feeling cold.
Friday, November 12, 2021 – Woke up at 5:30 am. No more headache or fever. I felt weak but better. My nose is running constantly. Went through a box of Kleenex today. My first sip of coffee revealed that I had no sense of taste or smell. The warmth of the coffee felt good on my throat, but it might as well have been hot water. I was able to do small tasks in between series binging.
Saturday, November 13, 2021 – Body isn’t achy, and I have more energy. Still can’t taste or smell and my nose is still runny. It’s odd to eat something that you usually like without being able to taste or smell it.
Sunday, November 14, 2021 – Pretty much a mirror of Saturday.
Monday, November 15, 2021 – Caught a whiff of coffee smell. Realized that if I placed items right up to my nose and inhaled deeply, I could get a slight smell of the item. Still no taste. My nose has stopped running but I can feel congestion in the back of my nasal passage, maybe in my sinus cavity. I had a conversation with my doctor via telephone. He said that with my vaccination and actually having COVID that I was at the very top of being immune at this point. He said I didn’t need to get the booster, although if I wanted to, it won’t hurt. I was able to work and attend meetings via phone.
Tuesday, November 16, 2121 – Energy at near-normal levels. Walked 10,000 steps, did 45 minutes of weights and exercise. I had to remember to avoid people on the walk since I’m in isolation. I actually had someone ask why I crossed the street when I saw him. Surprised that I’m up 4 pounds on the scale. Assuming it’s because I added carbs to my diet over the past few days. I decided to reduce the amount to Keto levels. I noticed that I could smell onion powder and Clorox wipes. Cleaned the kitchen and cooked for the family. Up until now we were surviving on take-out (thank you Robert). My nose ran slightly in the morning. The mucus was thin but bright yellow. After blowing, it didn’t appear again.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – Was able to add a four-mile run to my workout with no problems. Still no taste. Smell is very sketchy.
Thursday, November 18, 2021 – My ten-day self-isolation ends today. I’ve got a long list of errands I’ll be doing tomorrow. Looking forward to getting back to normal.
I never had breathing problems. We don’t know why Robert didn’t catch it, perhaps his vaccine worked better than mine. Although the boys were not vaccinated, they didn’t have the symptoms as much as I did. Today is December 4, 2021. I still don’t have full taste or smell. Losing 40% of your senses is definitely the strangest part of the experience. Looking up how long I’ll be deprived, it said on average it’s four weeks. Hoping that’s true.
My doctor suggested that the three of us get our antibodies tested. He thinks at some point proof that you have natural antibodies may suffice instead of a vaccine. Also hoping that’s true.
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