Today I’m just sharing my personal life in July and August. This is not my usual type of post at all.
A painful July and August
The last couple of months have been stressful for me. I woke to a horrible pain in a tooth one morning in July. I knew at once that I probably needed a root canal. I had one back 20 years ago. There was no gradual build-up of pain but a quick on-set of sharp and penetrating pain. I went to a dentist as soon as I could. He said I needed to see a specialist for the root canal unlike 20 years ago. I then a week later saw a endodontist. It took 2 treatments which were 2 weeks apart to finish the root canal. The regular dentist said he would put a crown on my tooth in 2 weeks. A week later I was in Michigan seeing family and had again a great pain. New dentist was found who said my tooth from the root canal had broken in 2. It needed to be extracted but he refused to do it. He said go back to my dentist in Florida. The next week I returned to Florida and the next day I had the tooth extracted. It took a few days to feel human again. Last week I saw the dentist for a follow-up on Wednesday. On Thursday, I had a quarterly appointment with my primary physician. My sinus problems were worse than usual and I was tested for COVID-19. I was positive.
I returned home to self-quarantine and drink lots of fluids. I drink Traditional Medicine‘s Breath Easy and Echinacea Plus herbal teas. I drink my lemon, honey and ginger drink to support my immue system. I went on-line to do a grocery delivery. A rotisserie chicken was a necessity. I ate on it for 3 days. I also ordered simple things to eat as I knew I wouldn’t feel like really cooking. When you live alone, you have to take care of yourself. I talked with my sister and mentioned I wish Mama was here to cook some childhood comfort food. I also ordered 4 boxes of Puffs tissues and a container of ready to eat salad. I do believe good nutrition is essential when you’re sick. I am also using a lot of paper towels to clean as I can throw them away with their germs. It’s not great for the environment but it is necessary.
I must say Thursday was the worse day with heavy drainage and coughing. It was not what I expected at all. 4 years ago I caught the current flu and was ill with deep coughs, congestion, and fuzziness for over a week. It took several more weeks to get the congestion out of my lungs. My COVID-19 experience has thankfully been exceedingly mild.
My physician called me at home and we talked. Since I had the 2 vaccine shots, I was like many others who subsequently got the virus. Vaccinated patients tend to have mild symptoms and a short period of illness. She said I might be over it in 3 days up to 10 days. She also said I would never know where I got the virus as the new Delta variant can have symptoms in 24 hours or more. My physician ordered a steriod pack to reduce my inflammation and I went through the drive through pick up to get it. Friday I felt better. Saturday a little better. Sunday also. Here it is Monday I feel rather normal. My normal sinus and allergies but really almost normal.
Plan for recovery
Here is my plan. I may not have COVID anymore but I am feeling very tired and have little endurance. You must remember that I am a senior with a compromised immune system, asthma, allergies, and rheumatoid arthritis. I tend to tire easily to begin with. I have canceled appointments for the week and will stay home and try to not overdo. I started cleaning with an anti-bacterial spray in the kitchen yesterday. I did two loads of clothes and linen. Many of the actions I list are something I do periodically and especially after an illness. The following list will not all be done today or tomorrow but over the next few days. I am planning to rest and take naps as needed.
- Today I will clean my keys with alcohol. I do this periodically. Keys and key chains get rather filthy though you don’t see it. done
- Replace my lip gloss with new one done
- I will empty my little purse and wipe it down with alchohol and turn the material inside out to wipe it. I ‘ll let it air dry. done
- My wallet and plastic cards will be wiped with alcohol. done
- I will throw away my toothbrush and replace it. done
- Clean computer and mouse done
- Clean Kindle done
- Clean phone done
- Clean remotes done
- I will scrub out my kitchen sink again and replace my sponge. done
- I will wipe down all door knobs and light switches with the antibacterial spray. done
- Clean bathroom sink, toilet, and tub. done
- Clean floors. done
- Change a/c filter. done
- Change water filter. done
- My physician and I will talk via phone in a week.
I hope to do some little projects in September but I am not pushing myself. I thank God that I am well and writing you. PLEASE GET VACCINATED IF YOU HAVE NOT. I will get the booster in November, 6 months after my second shot. I also will get a flu shot again this year. I had an inlaw die from COVID effects. He was in his 50’s and worked as a nurse practitioner with a speciality in strokes. He and his partner in the ER could work with a recent stroke patient who came to prevent many of the horrible speech and paralysis effects. He got the virus and by the time it was over, the virus had damaged his heart. He dropped dead 2 months later. The vaccine can save your life. Please wear masks. I am so deeply saddened when I read of the disputes and anger associated with the masks. I’m not crazy about them but I will keep wearing them.
God bless you all and thanks for being my friends.
Update 9/6/2021 – I am feeling back to normal except I tire easily. Taking one day at a time and trying to think about fall. Many thanks for all of your supports and kind comments.