Covid-19. This one term fills people with panic…and rightfully so. It’s all over the news and social media. It has affected every person we know in some way, shape or form. Whether it be some one know being sick, our jobs, or just trying to shop in the grocery store. All that being said, I wanted to write a post from my personal point of view. In no way am a I medical professional, so I will not be posting any medical advice.
I Got Sick…
So, the cold started with my sister and slowly moved it’s way through our family. First to my niece, then to my husband, then finally to me. But…it seemed like I was sicker than everyone else. And on top of it…the first couple of cases of COVID-19 had been diagnosed in Colorado…so I have to admit I was a little scared. I kept pushing through with cold medicine thinking that I was just blowing things out of proportion…but nothing seemed to help.
I took a day off from work to try to get some extra sleep, but when I went back the next day one of the managers heard my cough and my voice…or lack there of…and sent me home after a couple of hours. So I went home and crawled back in bed. A couple of hours later I woke up to use the restroom and almost face-planted because I was so dizzy and couldn’t breathe. I got something to eat and drink and laid back down, and that is where I stayed for the rest of the day, except for the couple of times that I got out of bed to take my dogs out. By Sunday, I knew that it was time to speak with my doctor.
Making the Call
Luckily, with my health insurance, I have a feature where I can do a video chat with a doctor rather than having to go to a doctor’s office. So I utilized it. After the doctor and I spoke, he informed me that he was going to have to reach out to the CDC and the State Board of Health…because all my symptoms were very similar to that of COVID-19. I’m not even going to lie…that scared the hell out of me. He told me that he would be calling me back within the hour, but that I should plan on going to the hospital immediately, because he may be sending an ambulance to my house.
So, I sat there…and sat there…just waiting for my phone to ring. Finally, after what seemed like forever, he called me back. He told me that the decision from the Board of Health was that my breathing issues were not severe enough to warrant an ambulance at that time, but if they got worse I need to call 911. The game plan was for my husband to take me to the ER when he got home from work. So that’s what we did.
Headed to the ER
When my husband picked me up, we called the ER to alert them that we were on our way. I have never been seen by a doctor so fast in my life. I was seriously in a room within 5 minutes and had both a nurse and doctor in my room withing 10 minutes of my arrival. Then the tests began. They were running blood tests, doing chest x-rays, performing and EKG, and of course they ran a viral panel. Final diagnosis…it wasn’t COVID-19. I had Coronavirus 229E. A very severe form on pneumonia. This is a strain of Coronavirus that has been around since the 1960’s. But, it was severe enough for them to admit me to the hospital for 3 days.
I Can Breathe Again
My recovery from this sucked…that’s the only way to put it. It took 2 weeks before I could walk and breathe at the same time. I am still coughing and get short of breath sometimes. They told me that it can take as long as 6 weeks to recover…and they weren’t kidding. I have never felt so crappy in my life.
Oh the panic shopping. I personally have not done this. I have attempted to do my shopping as normally as I could. We have used the King Soopers app to do pick-up rather than going into the store, but honestly that will only get you so far. I can’t speak for anywhere else, but the toilet paper shortage hit Colorado Springs hard. Shelves at stores were empty. I had to go to 6 stores one day just to try to get paper towels.
It’s been crazy. Today was a little different. We needed to get some rice for dinner, and were prepared to have to go to a couple of places to look for it. However, the 1st store was pretty stocked up. Yes, there were still some bare shelves…but it didn’t look like the apocalypse has happened. It felt like things might be calming down in the stores…and that was a very good feeling.
COVID-19 has touched every industry. I have seen some of my favorite restaurants close down. Schools are not in session. So many people are out of work right now, it’s scary.
While we are still working, the scope of our jobs have changed. My husband works in the restaurant industry, so they changed from dine in to take out only. What does that mean for our household where his job is concerned? While it does result in a loss of hours for him, we also know that the company he works for has already stated that they will make sure that their employees are taken care of.
I, on the other hand, work for the service department of a car dealership. While most of our sales team has been temporarily laid off, service is still open and considered essential. Luckily, I don’t have much interaction with others except for on the phone. This whole social distancing for me is not a problem. The only other people in my office are a couple of sales people.
This has been hard. I’m a hugger. Imagine how hard it is to see your niece and not be able to hug her. So…this is where you need to be creative. Last night was a prime example of this for my family. We wanted to celebrate my aunt’s birthday. So my family sat around the table and my sister did the same with her family at her house. We set up a video chat to be able to have dinner together as well as play a game. Was it the same as having a family dinner…no. But it worked.
We will get through this. We will move on. Yes…this is a scary time. But hopefully we will all come out of the other side stronger.
How are you coping with COVID-19? What creative ideas do you have for social distancing during the upcoming holiday?