Recovering From COVID-19

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.

 

  1. 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
  2. Replace my lip gloss with new one  done
  3. 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
  4. My wallet and plastic cards will be wiped with alcohol. done
  5. I will throw away my toothbrush and replace it.  done
  6. Clean computer and mouse done
  7. Clean Kindle  done
  8. Clean phone  done
  9. Clean remotes  done
  10. I will scrub out my kitchen sink again and replace my sponge. done
  11. I will wipe down all door knobs and light switches with the antibacterial spray. done
  12. Clean bathroom sink, toilet, and tub. done
  13. Clean floors. done
  14. Change a/c filter. done
  15. Change water filter. done
  16. 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.

Carol

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

31 thoughts to “Recovering From COVID-19”

  1. …I’m sorry to hear of your ordeal, take care I hope that you will be on the mend soon.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about all your tooth troubles! So glad that you are recovering well from Covid and hope you are feeling back to your old self again soon.

  3. Oh my goodness Carol — I hope you feel better soon. It’s bad enough to have to have a root canal but then to have COVID on top of all that is terrible. I feel so bad for you. But thank heavens you had the vaccines — that is what enabled you to handle the illness by yourself, as you so positively note. I have to tell you that your list made me tired just reading it though — we started doing a lot of those things when Covid started. But the one about washing your purse is really a great idea and I am going to go do that this very day! I’m very proud of you for doing such a good job taking care of yourself and for sharing this ordeal. and the good self-care tips. But don’t overdo and do continue to take care of yourself. Big virtual hugs and best wishes coming your way.

    1. I got the idea of cleaning my purse from a Dr Oz show in the early 2000’s – he had a PhD there who specialized in germs in average home. He talked of germy sponges in the kitchen or bath, germy old pillows on the bed, and of course how dirty women’s purses get both inside and out. Sounded horrible. I occasionally try to clean it. Thanks for the kind words – I must admit writing the post tuckered me out and I then slept for a couple of hours. I’ll take it a little at the time as I have no stamina at all at this point.

  4. Carol, I was absolutely shocked when I read this because I know how careful you have been and also your anxiety about the Michigan trip. I am SO grateful that the case wasn’t more serious, that you had enough antibodies to fight off the worst of it, especially considering your related health issues. But having had my share of sinus infections, I know how serious those can be and the misery of that compiled with the anxiety of Covid itself had to be very nervewracking and unsettling. I’m so glad you are well on the road to full recovery. Your post-illness regimen sounds like a very wise one.

    I got my booster shot this week, six months and one day after my final shot. No effects apart from a punky day — tired, low grade temp of 99.3. I feel relieved, yet still nervous. It’s very bad here, as everywhere. Take care and don’t do too much too soon. Biggest hugs.

    1. thanks Jeanie – I was shocked but in some ways not really. I spent so much time in various dental offices with my mouth open. I know that is not probably how I was exposed. Medical offices have such a strick regimen, but it has been too much time when I have felt no control. Now I am just so tired. I can’t really say more than that. I’ve already had a nap this morning and will probably do another this afternoon. My body knows what it needs which is low stress, good food, and rest.

  5. I’m so very sorry Carol that you’ve had to deal with all of this. Watch on the TV and the computer and I don’t understand your Governor with his attitude towards Covid. We worry here in Canada and yet between Florida and Texas it’s as if it’s nothing. I worry about the older people and the younger ones. Thank God that you really know what you are doing. Keep strong my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

    1. thanks Paul. I have to say how much I hate my governor. He really doesn’t care about how many people are dying as he spreads lies. Teachers, students, principals have all died while he shouts no masks. He’s an idiot.

  6. Carol,
    You are about the 5th Blogger in a week that i just found out had Co Vid after being vaccinated….I have continued to wear a mask when I go out which is very infrequent and I avoid any type of large crowds especially indoors… I have not even returned to church but watch it on line…Praying for your continued recovery and I hope that you do not mind but i am going to share this post on FB as I think it is important for people to know that you can still get the virus even though vaccinated….. Thanks so much for sharing!!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

    1. I don’t mind you sharing. I too wear a mask when I leave the house and have mostly stayed home. Yes, you can still get COVID after the vaccination but it tends to prevent severe symptoms. I had an extremely mild case and it has not lasted long. I plan to get the booster in November. Just like the flu, you can get COVID again you know. I had an inlaw who died from COVID and it is nothing to take lightly.

  7. Thank god that you are recovering well Carol. You have had a tough time of it.
    I still wear masks when out about even after my jabs. Sadly some think it will never happen to them.
    Also sorry to hear of the loss of your inlaw, so sad.

    Sending love and strength to you.

    1. thanks for your support Jayne – I’m pretty much back to normal except I tire easily so I am still just taking one day at a time. as for masks, I have worn one everytime I go somewhere which is usually grocery shopping – I have no idea how I got the virus but will continue to be careful as you can get it a second itme. I plan to get the booster shot in November – 6 months after my second shot – it works at preventing deadly illness.

  8. eek the tooth was bad enough, and then to go and get Covid on top of it. We are all double vaccinated now, apart from the two youngest. I know we will all get it at some point and take extra care in keeping everything in the home clean and sterilised. I think your to do list is ideal. I hope you are feeling much better soon. x

  9. It’s good to hear that you are feeling better Carol, take good care. We are all fully vaccinated and wear masks whenever we are indoors but I still worry about what will happen when school starts again.

    #MMBC

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