Welcome back to my blog. September 2022 – I am slowly recovering from Covid 19 at home
How did it all start?
We went to a University Reunion. A rare event for me, as it involved a party night. I discovered that I could still dance, although every part of my body hurt. My feet were particularly sore, despite buying the most comfortable ‘party’ shoes I could find online. We got to bed at 2.30 am, absolutely exhausted. Of course I had a big flare of symptoms in the next couple of days. I expected that and was ready (had already cleared my calendar and was looking forward to watching YouTube and eating comfort food).
What were my Covid 19 symptoms?
After 3 days of severe flu symptoms, I realised that I could not taste or smell anything.
I immediately took a Covid test at home – and it was ‘very positive’ (2 very dark lines that appeared immediately).
My main symptoms were :
- Sore throat
- Severe all over body pain
- Severe fatigue
- No taste or smell
- High body temperature
Treat Covid 19 at home
As well as rest, which you have no choice with when you feel so ill, I literally just treated my symptoms on a day-to-day basis. If my headache was severe, I took Ibuprofen, otherwise Paracetamol was taken every 4 hours. I tried to ease the extreme congestion with regular nasal rinses, applying Vaporub, hot drinks (fruit tea is my favourite), drinking even more water than usual and some cough medication (either medicine or lozenges). Nausea went after a few days – but my usual ginger biscuits kept me going when it was at its worst.
My temperature would be fluctuating a lot, so wearing layers was important.
I found a daily hot shower very soothing and helped me to breathe.
I was going out for at least one short walk per day, particularly as the weather was so nice, but otherwise I have been taking life very easy.
One thing that really helped me was using a lanolin cream on the sore skin around my nose. Buy a very small tube from Amazon, as you only need to use a small amount. The little things like this are so helpful when you are feeling rough.
This is the nasal rinse kit that I use. Very refreshing and a good thing to do regularly anyway.
How long will Covid 19 last?
I am on Day 17 now and still have mild symptoms. I cannot taste or smell a great deal. I have an almost constant headache, but it is not too troublesome now. At different times of the day congestion can be really annoying. It is not just every day that is different, but also hour by hour I can suddenly feel very ill again.
Obviously I am used to pain and fatigue, but Covid 19 was very different. Every day I speak to someone who just dismisses it – “I didn’t have any symptoms”, “there is nothing to fuss about”, “I have had Covid twice and it wasn’t bad at all” …. However, I know how rough I felt (and also my husband, who had a milder case) and continue to feel. It would be very dangerous for someone with a pre-existing health condition such as Asthma or COPD.
Returning to ‘my normal’
I am definitely looking forward to not feeling congested and extra sore all the time. I balance my lifestyle carefully so that I do not go into Fibromyalgia and CFS flares too often. Earning money online and learning all the necessary skills for that is vital for my health – physical and mental. As I do not want to use social media too much, nor do I have the energy to make TikTok videos or be on Instagram Stories all day, Pinterest has been a vital part of my marketing for several years. One way I have learnt a lot about Pinterest (and other forms of marketing) is through the Pin Potential course and community. Membership to Pin Potential has opened briefly, closing on 3rd October 2022. Click HERE for lots more information and to join via my affiliate link.
Long term effects of Covid 19
I have been told that I may have some lingering symptoms for a while. There is a lot of research into Long Covid, which I have always thought sounds a lot like Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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I am being careful not to push myself too fast. I am not riding my e-bike at the moment, as I know that will stress my lungs, and I want to be really sure that I am ready for even a short ride. If I am out on a walk and get breathless, then I just turn round and come straight home.
I continue to treat the symptoms on an ‘as needed’ basis. I hope the headache eases more in the coming days.
One thing for me is that I didn’t lose my appetite for very long (the first 2 days after testing positive I had extreme nausea and only could manage small amounts of food – mainly my trusty ginger biscuits!), despite not being able to taste anything or not much at all. Generally eating regularly has definitely kept my strength up. It is time for lunch now, so I will sign off.
Until next time.