Covid finally got me: what it really feels like…

After a whole year and a half, I’ve finally contracted covid-19 with two weeks left until my birthday and just starting a new job, it makes perfect timing!

Luckily, I will be out of self-isolation by my birthday but I’m going to have to be extra cautious because I do NOT want to get a second bout of the stuff. Also, I’ve had to cancel all upcoming birthday events and work dates.

So how did I get covid?

My youngest fell ill the day after they broke up from school. She had a high temperature and felt really bad for a few days so we all stayed home as I tried to nurse her better. On her day 2 or 3 we did a lateral flow test and the result was negative.

Day 4 she was starting to get better but then day 6 Little Man started developing the same symptoms; high temperature, headache and a sore throat. He felt fatigued for a few days but then started getting better. I also did a lateral flow test for little man on his day 2 and the result was, again, negative.

The following day (Little Miss’ day 8 and Little Man’s day 3) I could feel a sore throat coming on. I didn’t think nothing of it as I put it down to hayfever as I normally get an itchy throat and also thought with the weather changing, I was going to get a bit ill. I took a went to work and all was normal but I did mention I wasn’t feeling too good as I could feel a sore throat developing. I had a bad headache and was starting to feel a little shitty to say the least but I shrugged it off and took a paracetamol before going bed. I took a lateral flow that evening too and the result was still negative.

The next day, I felt okay. A little dizzy from the headaches but no high temperature. I took another lateral flow test. Negative again. I took another paracetamol and carried on about my day but took it slowly to avoid feeling fatigued. By the evening I felt a little worse off but just took another paracetamol and went to bed.

It’s now day 3 since I first experienced a sore throat, which has disappeared but was replaced with a runny nose and blocked nose. I had just common cold-like symptoms. I felt fine, no more headaches and I was pretty much like my usual self so I thought it was nothing more than the weather changing causing all the problems. I drank my honey and ginger tea. I had the sniffles all day, a really bad runny and blocked nose and my eyes were watering so badly from the pressure building up around my sinus area and behind my eyes. I didn’t take a lateral flow today as I only had one left and wanted to hold onto it in case my symptoms worsened.

Day 4, I decided to message a friend who I’d seen briefly on Tuesday (only Little Miss was ill at this time) who’d then told me she tested positive for covid so I freaked out and took a lateral flow test. Lo and behold, my test result was POSITIVE.

Funniest thing is Daddy P’s result has been negative since my day 1 until now. Little Man’s test has also shown up as negative. Very strange as we’re all living and breathing the same air!

What does covid feel like?

It really does vary from person-to-person. I’ve heard people say they feel like they’re on their deathbed whilst others displayed nearly no symptoms apart from an occasional cough or a slight loss in sense of taste or smell.

Others say they experienced cold- or flu-like symptoms, which is what I’ve experienced. All of which you could easily dismiss as common cold or flu:

  • Fever, sweating and/or high temperature
  • Runny nose
  • Blocked nose which affected sense of smell and taste (limited or complete loss)
  • Watery eyes
  • Sinus and behind the eye pressure
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue, tiredness
  • Aching muscles or achy body
  • Dry coughs, or chesty cough with phlegm

That’s not to say that there aren’t people who do just have a cold or flu. Just because covid is around, it doesn’t mean the common cold, flu or seasonal allergies aren’t about either. With the way the weather’s always changing, it’s no surprise that many people are getting ill, covid or otherwise.

Will I take the vaccine now?

Personally, I’ve never taken a flu jab apart from when I was pregnant and was told I had to by midwives. I still haven’t taken a flu jab since and won’t be taking the covid vaccine until I’m convinced I need it. I’m recovering well and feel fit enough that my body can fight the disease.

I haven’t got anything against the vaccines either and I’m not an anti-vaxxer. My mother’s had her double dose and so have many of my workmates, friends and family members.

Even if you’re double-vaccinated, you can still contract covid (whether you have or haven’t before) and can still spread it to others. So either way, we all still need to be mindful of each other.

What happens next?

Rest and recover. I’ve got to self-isolate with my family for the next 10 days. Luckily we have everything we need at home, and for things we don’t have thank God for deliveroo, Uber Eats and Amazon for contact-free delivery!

I’m loading up on the herbal teas and natural remedies. I take Anadin or paracetamol when I feel really weak. I’ve just started taking vitamin C effervescent tablets and ordered some echinacea tablets to help. I’ve heard steaming with olbas oil or eucalyptus oil can help too. I’ve not tried that yet but might add a couple drops of that stuff in my next bath soak.

I feel like covid will be something we’re going to have to get used to and live with it. It’s not just going to go away or disappear. I think it will become flu’s new successor and stick around for the long run, whether we like it or not.

Do you have a covid natural remedy you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments section. X

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UK Family Travel & Lifestyle Blogger. Mama of two. Juggling motherhood, work, life and everything else in between. :-)

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