Originally, when I learned about COVID-19, I was concerned as I’m a senior, have an autoimmune disease and work with many people as an agent listing and selling manufactured homes. I stayed home through April and May, thinking I was being safe. When I did begin going to the office, I carried Lysol Wipes, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray and wiped down the desk, computer, mouse, chair, phone, conference table, copy machine, etc. I wiped down my keys, vehicle door handles and steering wheel every time I went anywhere and did wear a mask “except at work” as it’s difficult talking on the phone.
I did my best to keep a good distance and always sat at a desk that was further away from the others. Not wearing the mask at work was my downfall and I tested positive on October 8 after I learned that a contact tested positive on October 6. Since I began coughing on October 4, I started my virus counting days then. I almost immediately began having sweats, and a higher temp than my normal 97. I had zero desire to eat or drink. I spent most of my time either watching TV or sleeping, which was difficult as the total body pain was almost unbearable.
I have a high tolerance for pain and this pain was like no other I ever felt. Friends dropped off soup, cough medicine, ginger ale and checked on me daily as did my son and sister via phone calls. I could hardly talk so I increased my texting skills considerably. It seemed every day brought along a new symptom…dizziness, nausea, chills. I took my temperature three times a day and it was 98.6 and 98.4 so I thought I was in the clear; however, I tested positive again on October 19.
Refusing to believe it, I took a Rapid Test October 21 and I was still positive. My temperature stayed at 98.4 and I tested negative on October 27. I was alone (except for my cat), but it’s the best thing as I wouldn’t want to infect anyone else. Believe me. I started going back to work slowly on October 28. I’m still extremely tired, have headaches, eyes get blurry every one in a while and I’m a tad dizzy at times. Another side effect is I have stomach issues. Maybe it’s because for almost 3 weeks I ate next to nothing. If I eat a small breakfast and lunch, I suffer from stomach cramps which turn into loose stools. I realize how fortunate I am to be a survivor and thank all the people who prayed for me. I used to be like the Energizer Bunny; however, now I’m more the tortoise.
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