“Don’t breathe next to me, you might get me sick, your nose is so red it looks like a brick. You’re sneezing a lot, I’m leaving the room, I don’t want what you’ve got”- The Ronas
Hi there my awesome readers! Firstly I want to say thank you so much for your love and support after my post about testing positive. Today’s post will basically just be a catch up on how isolation went, the emotional after effects and update on how I am.
I had started my isolation from the time that I went for a test. There are a lot of contesting views of when is your 14 days up. Whether from the day of first symptom or day the day of testing. To be on the safe side I stayed inside until after 14 days of testing. I made the decision of staying alone and not going into an isolation site. I had heard stories of people starving. If you know me you know food calls to me like the ocean calls to Moana.It wasn’t easy having to prepare my own meals and take care of myself. I struggled with tiredness, loss of smell and taste and very bad bouts of shortness of breathe. I am very blessed to have family and friends who dropped off cooked meals, fruits and ginger love. Honestly there were days I was cooking for myself and I would nod off and I wake up to burning food, I ate it, couldn’t smell it or taste it🙈.
After my post I had such an outpouring of support, from daily check ups, video calls and drops off at the gate. I can not begin to say how much this helped. Yes I am a very positive person but to have people rooting for you just was an added bonus. I had a friend reach out and tell me they tested positive and she told me what a yo-yo this virus is. It helped cause I had days where I felt better only to have a shortness of breath of attack whilst reading a book. I also had people who reached out to me after they tested positive and we have walked this journey together.I had kept my spirits up by video calls with friends and family, journaling, worship music , reading and binging series. However it does get a little bit too much having a teddy bear as your only companion. As much as this virus wreaks havoc on your body it plays mind games with your mental health. Towards the end I had one bad day that I put aside the strong woman and had a good cry. I really think counselling should be recommended for people after isolation or a good venting session with a trusted friend.
“The last thing I need is a cold or a flu and so I’m thinking I will bid you adieu”-The Ronas
What worked for me
There is so much advice out there and when you test positive people will send you videos and any advice they think will help you. I suggest taking your doctors advice, sticking to your budget and what works for you. I had flu meds, I steamed with Vicks and olbas ( which has eucalyptus, menthol, wintergreen and other essential oils. I also rubbed the vicks and oils on my chest. Twice a day I had ginger love with crushed chillies. When I experienced shortness of breath lying on my tummy and steaming helped. The trick is not to panic it would take me two hours to breathe normally.
Life after recovery
I had a secondary infection which has thankfully cleared up, although on cold nights my chest still tightens. My smell isn’t fully back but my taste is. Thankfully I do not seem to have infected anyone in my family or work as no one has ever shown symptoms. Although I must say the 4 people on my tracing list were never contacted after I tested positive. I am now in my third week back to work, I have gotten used to being around people again. My heart goes out to people who have lost ones to this disease. I too have lost friends and my doctor to it, we need to pray for front-liners. This year more than others we need to treasure the ones we are with, check on everyone. We are constantly seeing messages of RIP, people are losing their jobs. Have you or anyone you know recently tested positive? how did you keep mentally fit? I would love to hear from you in the comments section.