It was inevitable. I am now on the other side of the COVID curtain. Inside. It was from this new position that I decided to share my experience. Perhaps something here can help you if the need arises.
Apart from the fact that I was separated from humanity, life went on after my positive test. There is an initial self-pity, of course. But then it occurred to me – maybe I gained more than I lost. I could get some rest, relax and work at home. Phones do not ring in my office and people do not stop. A week or so I would be at COVID Fortress. How bad can it be?
The first two days were fine. Not fun, but manageable. It was like an allergy attack. I managed to do gardening.
“Nice. I will stay home, do my yard work, do housework and even work from home. Wow, a week of time on my hands! It will be great, right? ”
Day three changed his mind.
The first tip: do not shake yourself with a false sense of security. The third day felt like a concentrated attack of steroid allergy. Soon periodic fever decided to appear in the COVID mix. He created a cohesive choreography of COVID. And remember that energy that I had on the first day? Yes, he hit the highway. Gardens and household chores, they had to wait. COVID, the energy thief, struck seriously.
COVID is very similar to a roller coaster. Symptoms are peaks and troughs. I was puffing together, all good, thinking “it’s not too bad” when all of a sudden I was faced with a rapid decline. Coughing, bouts of fever, sore throat that usually strike at night. Infinity was felt, this spiral of descent. But by morning, after intermittent sleep, flu medication and a hot shower, smooth swimming was back. Short.
The next few days continued, a smooth ride, immediately preceding the next stream of symptoms. A week later, shortness of breath became the rule of the day. It was obvious, even cut my phone calls. Deep breaths. Expand these lungs. If you have access to a pulsoximeter (pulsox), use it.
Although I just couldn’t catch my breath, my O2 remained good. And yet frivolous things like going to the bathroom, sitting or talking for too long, have become major feats. I figured it was just another part of the cavalcade of COVID symptoms. It’s like a giant “Price is right:”
Okay, now you can trade your fever symptom for …. what’s behind door number one … drumming trivia, please!
Shortness of breath! You are lucky!
Be prepared. The best defense is to fight back. Rest when needed, but do as much as you can when you find energy. I created a set of tools for COVID and kept it on hand at all times: wipes, Lysol wipes, Pulsox, cough medicine, cough drops, thermometer, mask, water bottle, phone, charger. I was really ready for any COVID apocalypse! You never know what you might need!
Try to keep moving. At one point I went outside to take a little walk in the backyard. How is it that the simplest tasks can consume so much energy? But you know what they say about “The sun on my shoulders …”, it definitely made me happy. Exciting but exhausting.
As the number of days got double digits, I was confused. I really expected to get better and get back to work in a week. On day 10 I got up early to check myself, fully expecting to get back to work. My clothes were unfolded, my work computer was neatly packed in a briefcase, I was ready to go. Fifteen minutes later, I carefully unpacked my work computer and files, grabbed my coffee, and returned to my home office clothes (sweats) and workspace (sofa). Sigh. It was positive.
In three days I am still here, not knowing what will happen in the coming days. As for the prisons, it was not so bad. I know I am nearing the end of this COVID journey. I’m still on the inside of the COVID curtain, but I hope to be able to open that curtain soon and break out.
I have learned many lessons from my ongoing COVID experience. First of all, never cheat vigilance. I was lured into a false sense of security. I will not be deceived anymore. My mask will once again become part of my daily wardrobe.
Also, never underestimate the power of a loved one’s hugs. What had always been a part of my daily life was suddenly removed. Hugs are a strong thing – don’t take them for granted. I can’t wait to replenish my stock.
People are very good. I received so much help and love from everyone around me. Pride fades into the background when you have COVID. Accept all offers of help. You will need it.
I am reminded of what social beings we humans really are. On average on a work day I have to interact easily with 30-40 people. Suddenly becoming a solo action is, to put it mildly, difficult. Much can be said about the company of good colleagues and friends.
I wonder how much worse it would be without vaccinations and revaccination. I am very grateful that I was fully felt.
I really hope you don’t need any of the above information, but if the need arises, I hope these random considerations can be helpful. Stay safe!