Am I Dealing With Covid?
I have been worried about covid and do everything they recommend. I wear my mask everyplace I go. I carry hand sanitizer, have it in the car, and wash my hands thoroughly every time. I thought I had done everything I could. Then this happened…
I got diarrhea and felt so exhausted, I could barely get out of bed. I called the doctor and they passed me to the clinic, next door. They told me, due to my symptoms, I would be put under their covid section and would need to have a test. Or I could go in the next day from 12 -2 and get a covid test done. Well rather than go into a doctor’s office and catch something I chose to go to the test the next day.
I looked up different sites and my symptoms were some of the ones listed for covid. I even found where it says the symptoms come on slowly and at 7 days or so, they start getting worse. So I guess we shall see. I really do not believe it is because I do not have any type of fever.
I felt slightly better but I still wanted to know for sure, so I drove to the clinic. There were 5 or 6 cars in line and we got in line, at 11:30. They started doing the tests exactly at noon. By then there were 6 – 7 cars behind us, with them continuing to pull in and get in line. They passed out clipboards to get information to input into the computer. The clipboards did not want symptoms or anything I would have thought they would. Just basic information and how to contact you and an emergency contact. They did take my insurance cards also. I worried about the people without insurance, how do they get tested?
Then we pulled up to the doors. They came out with their medical coverage on including a full face shield. She asked if I had the test done before. She then proceeded to inform me that the tests were uncomfortable and they would be taking swabs from each side of my nose. Then she pulled out the swabs from sealed wrap.
When she put this soft swab inside of the back of my nose it felt like a bumble bee had crawled inside and stung the inside of my nose. She held it there for the required 20 seconds, then went to the other side. I had tears rolling down my face when she was done. Not from crying, but from the stinging on both sides from the test. I hope I never have to go through that again. The line moved quickly we were done by 12:25.
Now is the wait time. She said 3 – 5 days. Since I went on Friday I am not sure if it is business days or not, I am assuming it is. So it will be close to a week before my test results are in. They are suppose to call me. This is going to be a long wait.
She never told me to quarantine or anything, but I am being safe and staying home. Plus I really don’t feel good. The next day I was feeling bad again and it stayed about the same for the next 4 days.
My diarrhea continued for about 4 days, then I started an overall feeling bad, lightheaded, and exhausted still. Then my daughter came up to me and told me she has diarrhea. Now I am concerned, can this really be IT? Will my daughter be one of the lucky ones? I prayed for her and I am not normally religious even though I was brought up catholic. Will I even survive this awful illness?
I have COPD and am very overweight both of which are not good for a covid diagnosis. My husband is 77 and has heart trouble, is he next? I have no place in my home to stay away from everyone. My husband needs his rest and he has his side of the bed exactly the way he likes it. His head needs to be elevated for his reflux, so sleeping someplace else is really hard to do. I could sleep in the bedroom upstairs but today it was in the 90’s and we do not have air conditioning upstairs, we have the window air conditioners downstairs. Plus there is not a bathroom upstairs. What can I do to protect him? What about my daughter is she sick or will she need to be quarantined? How can I help her if I am sick? Will my husband be able to take care of us? Who do we have that can shop for us? So many questions without answers. Ok no more worrying the test will come back negative and I can take care of everyone again.
I wear a mask anyplace I go. I have since the shutdown in March. I am not sure where I would have gotten this from. I keep reminding myself that this will be negative so not to worry so much! Is it me or does everyone go through these feelings?
On Monday I added a runny nose and nausea to my list of symptoms. I still do not have a fever.
My diarrhea came back on Tuesday and an overall not feeling well is still there. I would love to go someplace, anyplace, but I do not want to get anyone else ill if I have it. Other than that I got more done yesterday than today. I am lightheaded and don’t feel like myself. With my fibro I cannot lay too much or I will hurt more so, that won’t help anything.
I am hoping to hear something tomorrow.
It is Wednesday and I got my phone call. So the answer, finally, is NO I am not dealing with covid. The test is negative. Thank God! I feel better just knowing!
This was the most scared I have been in a very long time. The feelings go up and down. I kept doing my best to think positive but it can be hard when you are looking at something like this. This was one scare I do not want to have again. I documented this so others can see what happens so they can be a little more prepared than I was. Thank you for visiting and following along with my scare! I am more than thankful for no having to deal with this like many people across the world have been. I can only hope to see more negative tests from others. Good luck Everyone and please stay healthy!!!