Right now the world is a scary place. Everyone fear’s catching the deadly Covid-19 Virus not knowing exactly what will happen to them. I wanted to share my story with you on how having underlying health conditions, I’m managing to recover from Covid-19.
My Covid-19 Symptoms
More and more symtpoms are becoming known every day. But what we need to remember is, everyone is different. You may have a symptom that someone else hasn’t and in turn you may not have them in the same order as someone else. This virus seem’s to be effecting people different. Here’s what I had..
- Dry Barking Cough
- Chest Pain (around my breast bone)
- Generalised aching
- Airways being cut off as I inhale
- Loss of taste buds
I’m currently on day 13 of having the virus, but when looking back I had symptoms around 4 weeks ago that I was putting down to my general underlying health conditions. But when I now think about it not all of my symptoms would have actually made sense to my ‘normal’ health.
Over the past 4 week’s my fatigue was insane, now normally being a sufferer of CFS I’d have a day or 2 of full bed rest and sleep and I’d start to perk up for a couple of days before needing another rest day. Yet I had 3 full weeks of constant sleeping on and off even falling asleep at my desk which is out of the norm for me. Was this the starting of it all??
So what was the game changer for me to contact the Dr’s for help?? I wasn’t breathing so good. When I inhaled my airways would cut off stopping me from getting enough oxygen. At first I thought it was my Asthma but it never escalates like this so I knew something wasn’t quite right.
NHS helpline said it was symptoms of Covid and to isolate for 14 days. But 2 day’s later things were worse. I had pain in my chest and I felt light headed from trying to breathe. I rang my GP to ask for some advice and was told they were convinced it was Covid and I needed treatment. I had a call back around 2 hours later from the head of the Covid team in our area and they went through some over the phone tests with me. After a few minute’s they diagnosed me with Covid-19. At first I was sceptical, I guess I didn’t want to believe it. But they’re now seeing patterns which they’re able to give a quick breathing test over the phone rather than risk you going out of isolation to get tested. Apparently you only get the face to face test if you’re half dead in hospital, or rich and ‘Important’ like BJ ofcourse.
They sent me out steroids and nebules for my nebuliser to help me breathe and open my airways. Which I’ve now been using for 6 days and can happily say I’m on the mend.
I can breathe on my own quite well now although I am getting breathless when moving about such as going to the toilet, getting a drink ect.
I spent the night’s affraid to go to sleep incase I stopped breathing. We hear so many horror stories on the news yet nothing about those who have had the virus and are doing well which is why I wanted to share my experience with you.
Here are some tip’s that I did myself which I think helped me get through this.
Drink plenty of warm liquids. The key is to keep mucus as soft/fluid like as possible so you can cough it up as it’s the mucus solidifying that’s the main problem.
Any time you cough some mucus up, spit it out into a tissue and flush it away. You want that crap outta you!!
Pour boiling water into a bowl, ad some vik/vapour rub and put a towel over your head and inhale the steam. This opens up the lung’s helping you to breathe clearer and help the mucus shift.
Rest. Don’t get up and try and carry on with the cleaning, it can wait!! Sleep it all off as much as you can, your body will tell you when it’s ready to go back to normal.
I upped my usual dose of Vitamin C from 1000mg a day to 3000mg a day.
Where I’m At Right Now
So like I said, Covid-19 is differen’t for everyone. Having underlying health issues also makes it alot harder for our bodies to fight it. I’m still breathless alot of the time and I still can’t go too many hours without my nebuliser. But that’s a huge improvement in needing my nebuliser from being so out of breath just sitting in bed!!
I’m still drained, I want to sleep alot, but my energy is slowly coming back in waves. I don’t know what tomorrow holds but I know I’m fighting this and every day I’m getting stronger.
If you can’t trust the new’s then atleast trust my words when I say that you can fight this too!! Just stay inside, keep clean and eat clean. Do everything you can to build up your immune system. We will all get through this.
Mrs Slee-Jones xx
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