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My Covid Experience

Covid-19. The word itself probably sparks different emotions. It reminds me of quarantining for 5 months. I remember the fear of the unknown. Praying my loved ones didn’t get it. No one wanted to believe that this virus would take over our lives but it has.

Immunocompromised. Another word I would love to forget. It means weakened immune system, which unfortunately, is what I have. Who wants a word to define them as weak? Not me. When you put Covid and immunocompromised in one sentence it’s terrifying.

I knew getting Covid at some point was inevitable and that day definitely came. Even though I was always overly cautious and never took my mask off, I still got it.

I want to share my Covid experience as someone with a weakened immune system. I kept a daily journal of my symptoms and how they progressed.

On January 10th

I was congested and tired. That’s when quarantine started.

January 12th

I was definitely more congested and every inch of me ached! I had a Covid test done. I didn’t do a rapid test so I just had to wait.

January 13th

I woke up it felt like my body had been dragged across a highway at 90 miles an hour. I didn’t want to move. I felt like I was talking underwater at this point and my chest was so tight. My Covid test came back negative. I wasn’t sure how that could be true. Everyone I had been around had it at this point.

January 15th

I was not improving. My mom insisted I get another Covid test. I was feeling so sick I was convinced maybe it was the flu or pneumonia. My 2nd Covid test was positive.

January 17th

Developed an intense cough and breathing was difficult. I couldn’t say a few sentences without gasping for air. I started experiencing ‘brain fog.’ I found myself repeating things and wondering if I had already said something.

January 18th

How could I still be developing symptoms?! I took a shower and I could barely stand up longer than 5 minutes. I still had a horrible cough, congestion, headache, body aches and now GI issues. That night I officially lost my taste/smell and spiked another fever. These symptoms didn’t ease up at all until Friday.

January 22nd

I woke up feeling more awake for the first time in almost 2 weeks. My congestion was a little better. I was still experiencing GI issues and brain fog.

January 23rd

I was able to stay awake until about 3:00 feeling okay! After that, the body aches and trouble breathing were back.

January 27th

I went back to work! Still tired and it feels like someone is sitting on my chest when I talk. Brain fog is the strangest thing.. I keep forgetting random things!

Each day I slowly start to have energy longer throughout the day but by no means do I feel normal yet. I’m a little over 3 weeks later and I still have trouble talking without feeling very winded. I’m exhausted and I’m experiencing crazy ‘brain fog.’

Covid has the potential to flare up any autoimmune issues too as well as make it difficult to recover quickly. I experience body aches mostly after a busier day. I do have my taste/smell back! I’m thankful I didn’t have to do that burnt orange trick to try and get my taste back. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should definitely google it.

I’m back at work now and it feels good to have some sense of normalcy again. I’m not sure when the lingering symptoms will go away though. Everyone I’ve talked to that has it says to hang on tight because it doesn’t get easier for a while. I just pray for the strength that my body can keep fighting. Every day is always a struggle with Autoimmune Disease and then you throw in a vicious virus like Covid and it’s scary. It’s hard to not be discouraged when you just want to feel like yourself again but I know my situation could have been much worse. I’m alive. I’m living my life. And I will be okay!

If you take anything away from this post please let it be that everyone needs to wear a mask! If you feel sick, stay home.

- C

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