The good news is that, after more than three weeks fighting COVID-19, both Miss D. and myself have now officially tested negative for the disease. Her boss had said that she couldn’t return to work unless and until that happened, due to the risk of infection, and I can’t blame him. She tested negative before I did, but I had a worse dose of Kung Flu than she did, so that’s not surprising. (When we both first caught it, about a year ago, I had an easier time than she did, despite being in poorer health and with more potential co-morbidities. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason behind the severity of any given infection.)
We’re very glad to be feeling better, but there are lingering after-effects – again, worse than the first time we had this, a year ago. We’re both really drained of energy, and can feel trashed after even a little exertion. Miss D. went back to the gym for the first time in three weeks yesterday, and was wiped out after a relatively short session of much lighter weight-lifting than usual. I’d say it’s going to take us at least three months to get over that, and perhaps as long as six. Reading the accounts of others who’ve had COVID-19, it appears that’s nothing unusual.
One lesson learned – again – is that having adequate pre-infection supplies of dietary supplements is a Very Good Thing. We were both taking additional multivitamins, Vitamin D, and zinc. When the infection hit us, according to the medics, this had apparently boosted our immune systems up front, so that our bodies were better equipped to fight it off. (A couple of nurses have expressed real surprise that someone like me – in his sixties, very overweight, having had two previous heart attacks, plus other health issues – fought it off with relatively little difficulty. They said that, according to the “norm”, I should have ended up in hospital.)
Another Very Good Thing was that as part of my basic emergency preparations, I’d laid in a small supply of several antibiotics. COVID-19 has a serious tendency to spread to the lungs and produce pneumonia (which happened to one of our local friends – he spent five days in hospital on Remdesivir, plus took an oxygen cylinder home for a week). I didn’t need to go to a doctor (which didn’t happen at all while we were sick, because none were available, and/or all short-term appointments were filled), and didn’t need to badger a pharmacy. I already had a Z-Pac and Doxycycline on hand, the first of which is standard for treating influenza and pneumonia, and the second of which is specific to pneumonia and similar infections. I began treating myself with them immediately, and this seems to have been a big part of recovering from the infection without too many difficulties.
Be that as it may, COVID-19 is no fun at all once it takes root in your system and grows. Wash your hands, take all other reasonable precautions, and try very hard not to become a victim. Definitely not recommended!