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My Experience with COVID…

It started with a student in my class coming down with COVID.  One out of 19 plus me.  I found out on a Saturday night.   She was the first of 7 students to get COVID.

Then it started with me as I had an itchy throat on Sunday morning.  A quick call to our school nurse.  The decision was made for my entire class to go remote for a week which turned into 2.   We had only been in school for 8 days!  They don’t have their books.  I don’t have their papers to even scan!  It really amped up when I was tested positive for COVID!

I was down and out with COVID for over 2 weeks (yes I was vaxed but had breakthrough COVID) I was miserable.  I have never been so sick.  Nine days of a 102 fever.  Even now I am waiting for taste and smell to return.  While I was sick in bed my family was surviving on delivery (set on the porch at a safe distance).  They survived on boxed dinners my nephew picked up from Target drive up.  Laundry piled up as my husband and daughter became ill as well.  Dog hair piled up.  Dishes piled up!  Guilt piled up as Little Girl had to navigate her school work on Google Classroom…alone!  Guilt as my mom had to go away for a few weeks to stay with her sister so she would not catch it.  Guilt as I sent my students worksheets to keep them busy while the whole class was remote and I was too sick to teach.  Guilt for coming down with COVID.  You get where I am going…life as we knew it stopped.

After a brief visit to the hospital where I was stuck 3 times as they could not find a vein for being so dehydrated, I was slowly able to climb out of the pit.  Still exhausted but able to function our family started to put things back in order.  Laundry was done in stages.  Floors were cleaned in stages.  Dinners were simple but we came together at the table again.  My mom was able to come home.  My students returned to in-person learning.

COVID did more than making me sick.  It took time away from my job, my family, and my life.   It took its toll on my body and my emotions.   It broke my heart as I watched my family struggle.  Regardless of your stance on masks, vaccines, or life during the pandemic, we can all agree to COVID sucks!  Plain and simple!

7 Comments

  1. I’m so sorry you and your family had to suffer through Covid in spite of being vaxxed. I am pro-vaccine and pro-mask, and I agree, Covid sucks! Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Michelle
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  4. big hug! I hope you will fully recover!

  5. What a horrible experience; but how wonderful you recovered! I know too many who did not. Thank you for sharing so candidly. I don’t understand why so many people choose to be secretive about their experience, maybe because others have made this an issue to fight over rather than work on together. I applaud you for taking the high road and seeking to inform rather than inflame. I pray you will return fully to life as it was before and resume your teaching career which is so needed in our world today.

  6. I’m so happy for you that it’s in your rearview.

    I would love to get any tips you have for preparation. Like I’m putting together a sheet on where everyone in my house’s doctors are by address and phone.

    I’m buying an at-home oxidater. Measures breathing. I guess if you get down to 92 you should go to the hospital.

    Anything else you learned and can share? I’m finding strong sore throat lozenges. Is there anything you did that helped. I’m scared if you can’t tell. 🙁

    And thank you!

    Wendy The Inspired Eater

    1. beachchairtracy

      Wear your mask!! That is the first line of defense. Keep some simple soup and tea on hand. That was the only thing I could consume when I was super sick. Make yourself eat! Don’t go it alone! Call your doctor. Mine gave me some Zofran which is an anti-nausea med. She also arranged for me to get the antibodies. That was the real turning point. I did have a pulse ox. They can be a bit misleading but they give a good idea of your range. One thing to do is also get a few home tests. So if you are feeling cruddy you can either rule out or confirm. I am by no means an expert but these are things that made my ordeal a bit easier. I was the first to go down and stayed down the longest in my family. We used Target pick up for groceries as door dash does not go out this far. I had family that was able to pick it up and drop it off. We also did a lot of take-out. Not for me but for the rest of the crew that needed to eat. I hated to have my family eat take out so much but we were low on supplies and I was too sick. When I started feeling better I slowly resumed normal life but still slept A LOT and only did what my body said I could do.
      There is a lot of fear out there but statistically, you are in a good spot. The media thrives on fear. Do what you need to do to keep safe and to get yourself prepared as best as you can but don’t live in fear. Many people get it and go on to heal. Stay well my friend.

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