Updated: Jan 15, 2022
Wayne called and said “I just tested positive for Covid.” These are the five words I was praying I would never hear, but it happened. Five days later, I tested positive myself. We are so grateful and thankful that we both got through it - Here’s how our experience went!
When I got the phone call from Wayne on January 4th, I was like a deer caught in headlights because I wasn’t sure what this would mean for him. All I could think of was the fact that he was high risk and immunocompromised. I instantly went into prayer that he would be okay and then I went into straight up survival mode - I thought “Okay what CAN I do to make sure he gets over this?“ I knew I couldn’t give him a ton of immune boosting remedies because that would have been counteractive to his liver and the medications he takes. I went and got tons of liquids so he could stay hydrated, made a concoction of fresh lemon, ginger, garlic, limes, orange peel, and the butt of a red onion and boiled it down to a tea. Why? I saw someone on TikTok say this is a huge part of what helped them get through it - and at this point I needed all the ideas! I also continued what he already did daily with shots of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and honey in the mornings!
For the first three days, he was down bad. He isolated in the man cave downstairs and couldn’t tolerate the light being on or the television and he also couldn’t sleep - he was able to just lay there. I went down masked up to make sure he was okay each day, taking his temperature, ensuring he was breathing okay, making sure he didn’t lose sight of his regular daily medication, making sure he continued to steam his face, not laying on his back etc. His symptoms at that time were sore throat, headache, cough, muscle aches, cold, and fatigued. Thank goodness he never had the fever or shortness of breath.
Let’s fast forward a little bit. I forgot to add that I got a rapid test the same day he tested positive, and my test was negative. It was too soon. That next day, my throat started to feel sore. I said okay let me wait the recommended five days from his initial symptoms and then get PCR test. I got tested on that Friday, the 7th and my test came back positive that Sunday. Thank goodness I have the mychart app because I was able to get my results at midnight, rather than waiting on the 2-4 day phone call that never happened. Goes to show how busy the healthcare staff is right now!
So we were both sick at this point and Wayne still had the fatigue and a slight cough; his headache had gone away around day four. As the days went on, I got worse. Here is what my symptoms looked like daily:
Day 1- January 5, 2022
Sore throat, stuffy dry nose, cough
Sore throat, stuffy dry nose, cough, fever, muscle aches, fatigue
Sore throat, stuffy dry nose, cough, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, slight dizziness, insomnia
Cough, sneezing, runny nose, headache, fatigue, equilibrium off, blurry vision
Cough, sneezing, stuffy nose, equilibrium off, fatigue, body aches, dizziness
Cough, sneezing, fatigue, runny nose
Cough, Fatigue, Nausea, shaky
Day 10 (the day I wrote this)
Feeling human again, cough, slight fatigue
I typically feel worse when I am lying down, so while I did do my fair share of resting, I was still up trying to do what I could. Also, I never lost my appetite so I was making sure we had soup and whatever else we needed for the day ready and available while also making sure Shadow (the dog) was cool. We tried to keep him out of our faces because you know….pets can also get covid. He sneezed a few times but he is alright! I made sure to steam my face daily, take my Vitamin C, Vitamin D, elderberry, and Airborne and I also ate grapefruits for some natural Vitamin C. For some of the symptoms I experienced, I took Alkaseltzer Cold and Flu concentrated Gelcaps. I also took daily shots of the lemon, apple cider vinegar, and honey. Another thing I did with that concoction I made once Wayne was finished taking some of it is I used the remainder to steam my face and when I tell you it opened up everything, it made me feel less “nasally” Yes that’s a real word - I checked lol.
Although we were both positive, we still stayed in separate rooms for the most part because I had (and it still lingers) this horrible cough and I didn’t want to pass that on to him. Not even sure if passing symptoms to an already positive person is a thing, but who knows at this point right?!
The main thing that kept Wayne down was the severe fatigue. He also really didn’t want anything to eat and had lost his appetite at the beginning of this. It wasn’t until his day four when he began to take small bites of stuff and by day five, he was able to eat the delicious soup that his sister made for us. Let me take a second here to say that it definitely takes a village of family, friends, and resources to get though this thing - it was us just taking care of each other the best way we could, a village of prayers, the daily calls to check to make sure we were okay, the grocery delivery apps, the folks who offered to make store or food runs! Much appreciated and very much necessary!
I want to add that during this time, Wayne was also able to get a monoclonal antibody infusion. This is something I encourage you to ask your physician about if you are positive OR exposed, and high risk.
I ended up contacting my PCP yesterday to get a script for Tessallon pearls for my cough because they’ve always helped coughs in the past. Let’s hope they aren’t resistant to Covid! I will start taking those today so let us pray!
It’s definitely been a rough time, but I think it is safe to say we beat this thing! It’s so scary at the beginning not knowing what it is going to do to you. Let’s face it - complications of Covid doesn’t have anyones name on it!
Please stay as safe as you can and if you have the slightest tickle in your throat, please make sure to go get a test just to be on the safe side.
God we thank you for seeing us through this!
Thank you for reading! If you have any tips or tricks that helped you during your own Covid infection or want to share your experience, please feel free to share below!