When I woke up on the morning of July 27 with sinus pressure and sore throat, I was convinced that it was a sinus infection. After all, my husband and I were vaccinated with both doses of Pfizer in April.
I didn’t have a fever or a cough, but I was still able to smell and taste everything.
I was tired and dragged — but hey, the cold still exists, right? So I did the usual thing: staying at home, getting my husband to bring me chicken soup ingredients, over-watering with vitamin C and desperately trying to take a long and quick walk outdoors to burn out the illness. became.
On Wednesday I felt a little sick. But then Thursday came.
I woke up in my head like Hindenburg — inflated and on fire. The compression of the sinuses was felt from the eyeballs to the eardrum and continued overhead to what could only be described as migraine-like.
“It’s time to pull out a big gun,” I thought. I made an appointment online with the CVS Minute Clinic and planned to request some antibiotics. Obviously, this sinus infection wasn’t going to leave quietly.
If you thought you would test positive for COVID-19 within an hour that morning, you would confidently answer “no.”
That may be one important lesson to be removed from now on: Don’t be confident about your health these days.
At the Minute Clinic, a nurse practitioner checked my vitals, listened to my lungs, and asked her if she would allow her to be tested for COVID-19 to rule out it.
I agreed, and she wiped myself. She said that if the result was negative, it usually takes about 10 minutes for the result to return.
While she was examining my throat and ears, the results of the quick test were “faded” on a small machine.
I don’t think it’s been two minutes, but her prompt answer was “Hmm.”
When I looked at the small screen of the quick inspection machine, the word “COVID-19 POSITIVE” appeared.
Endanger my family
I won’t repeat the series of taunts that come out of my mouth, but that’s all I could think of. On the weekend before the onset of symptoms, I was in close contact with almost everyone I loved and cared for.
My parents, my brother-in-law, my brother, my brother-in-law and my sister-in-law, and almost all of my nieces and nephews were at my house just a few hours before me that weekend. .. I started to feel sick.
I was scared of tears. Whose life did I endanger? Do the people I love have to endure worse than I do because I’m close to them?
Vitamin C, zinc, vitamin D, rest and water
The nurse practitioner told me to go home and ease it. She assured me that my match against the virus was probably short and mild because I was vaccinated.
She didn’t prescribe any medication, but told me that extra vitamin C, zinc, vitamin D, rest and water would help. She said lying down was a bad idea because fluids could build up in the lungs and cause pneumonia. If you can get up and walk around, you should. There were also obvious reminders trying to isolate and take in fresh air.
Before leaving the parking lot and returning home, the whole family was calling with their family to inform them that they had been infected with COVID-19.
Then I went home to quarantine.
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No smell, taste, cough or shortness of breath
That night, my sense of smell and taste disappeared. I picked up a bottle of rubbing alcohol and held it over my nose, but it didn’t smell anything.
My husband baked ribeye steak for dinner, and although it had a texture, it had no taste.
It was surreal and anxious, and I found it interesting from a dark place of humor – we all firmly believe that when things go wrong, we all have to grab it.
By Friday, weakness and headaches had begun completely. I was coughing now (dry, not deep in my chest), but very long, deep, and had to breathe hard.
I feel like I’m out of breath when I take a shower or walk from room to room. I had to sit down because my heart rate soared and I felt like I was running. For those who have been accustomed to aerobic exercise for nearly an hour each day for the past decade or more, this was probably the most frustrating part.
It was only on this day that I had a mild fever. At this point, I was taking Sudafed and Tylenol at the suggestion of my doctor. Sudafed relieved congestion and Tylenol lowered my fever.
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On Saturday, as far as headaches and sinus pain were concerned, I felt a little better and woke up, but my weakness was still worse. I had to get up, pour a glass of water, and sit on the kitchen floor.
It made me very angry. Overall I felt better, but my body wasn’t cooperating.
For the next five days, I heard a stuffy nose and a crackling sound in the ear canal, resulting in prolonged mild congestion called “sinus healing.” Walking more than a few yards made me tired with dizziness, brain fog, and a fast heartbeat, so I had to relieve my activity. My sense of smell and taste is gradually returning.
Be careful, even if you are vaccinated — and be vaccinated
I hope my story helps someone. We look forward to your continued patronage. Exercise daily, drink water, use sunscreen, hug your family and loyal dogs a little tighter, and be careful even if you are vaccinated. Recent CDC Released updated guidance After new data show delta variant of COVID-19 Seems to be more infectious, Even if an individual is vaccinated, it will guide it to spread more easily.
If you are not vaccinated, talk to your doctor (not a YouTube video) to discuss the pros and cons of the vaccine.
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During the last two weeks I have spoken to an epidemiologist and a trauma nurse, but the experience with COVID-19 is mild, mainly due to the fact that it was vaccinated. I know without a doubt that it was.
I can’t choose for you, but if possible, vaccinate the global population against the virus before it mutates again and causes more damage.
Rebekah Maher is a resident of Charlotte.