I can’t believe how many people have asked me that this week. What’s it like to have Covid? MISERABLE. No matter how much you want to be “in” with the “in crowd” – pass up the opportunity to get sick.
My husband and I have the same symptoms. It’s like having a horrible, horrible head cold or, imagine this, a viral infection in the sinuses. We are both congested. He’s coughing every few minutes and I’m blowing my nose non-stop. We’re both trying desperately to keep it out of our chests, because once the congestion is in your chest you KNOW how disgustingly uncomfortable that gets. I have had a painful scratchy sore throat for days. One of my personal issues is that if I take too many Tylenol or Advil I tend to get an ulcer. Yeah, this is probably NOT one of the more pleasant weeks in my life.
Fever, yep that’s present too. We are living on Tylenol and Sudafed during the day, and Nyquil and Afrin nose-spray at night. We are drinking oceans of liquids. Sleeping a lot. For me yesterday that meant most of the day. Not sure I was awake for even 10 hours. Brain fog. What’s brain fog? That’s when you can’t focus at all on any one thought. It’s too much effort to think, you can’t remember why you wanted to think, and it hurts too much to think. I have no idea what day it is.
I am so very grateful that we have our house, our garden, the deck, my sister & her husband, and that the contractors are NOT here this week working on the renovation. With the things we HAVE to help us survive, and the things we do NOT have to deal with, this week is less horrible than it could be. I tried to imagine the 2 of us feeling like this in a small apartment with no real space to separate and no way to go outside. I’m sorry that we had to cancel weekend plans, and maybe even next weekend plans, but we are very fortunate to have the support system we do. My sister and brother-in-law have run errands for us, replenishing the depleted medicine stock. I wonder if they’ll do a grocery run for us too? 🙂
On the positive side we do seem to be getting a little better. My husband has a prescription for some meds that are supposed to help him not relapse as he recovers. Of course the list of potential side-effects sound almost worse than the current symptoms. I felt strong enough last night that before I went to bed (in the recliner, because he’s in our bed and I’m living in the recliner in our sun room) I Windex’d every surface and handle and knob I could reach. And I only slept 10.5 hours last night! Definitely on the road to recovery. I hope. Please.
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All of us in this household are hoping you get better soon!
Also the little says he’ll come visit if you have good food!
thanks. forgive my cynicism but even Fergus????? 🙂 we have no good food in our house. WC will be the first to tell you that.
Even Fergus! An enemy’s no challenge if they’re suck. 🙂
Ciaran just wants what you eat!
so when my husband makes my next batch of boiled white rice i’ll have him double it so Ciaran can have some. ah, glad to know that Fergus is quite sporting. he just knows that he can get the better of me, unlike Ciaran and Fish
Thanks for the details! I want to know what I’m in for should I ever get it. Sounds pretty miserable and I am very, VERY sorry that you guys caught it.
Your description of brain fog is not what I was imagining at all! I don’t know what I thought, but not that.
If I get it WE will be up a creek because we don’t have a support system. I am IT. LOL
Take care and feel better soooooooooooooooooooon!!!!!
It is miserable. I’m not sure what I expected it to be. I think I thought that should i get it, because of the vaccine and the booster I might get some sniffles, maybe be a little tired. I wasn’t expecting to be knocked out so completely for so long. Makes me wonder what it would have been like without the vaccine and booster. I think once I know I’m clear I’ll get another booster. I don’t want to do this again. I think it “broke” late yesterday afternoon. My head feels clear for the first time in days, my body feels as if there might be energy there, and my sinuses are only as congested as they might usually be from passing allergies. We are both still on the “do as little as possible and give ourselves a chance to come back to full strength” plan.
Remembering how hard the 2nd shot hit me, I can’t even imagine what having full blown COVID is like. And I don’t want to find out! I’m glad you’re both feeling a little bit better!!!