Mornings are when I have the most energy, so I thought now would be the best time to write a health update regarding my experience with flu or Covid-19. (Updates on March 28 at bottom)
I’m currently on Day 3 of being sick. However, if I take my sore throat and fatigue into consideration from Sunday, it’s actually Day 5.
My entire body hurts. I have a low grade fever, only going up to 100.5, on and off throughout the day. And if I talk or get out of bed I start coughing pretty badly.
Two days ago my primary care doctor diagnosed me with the flu via a Teledoc appointment. I started Tamiflu and a cough medication. When I woke up yesterday morning feeling worse, she put in an order to have me tested for Covid-19. The earliest appointment I can get is Monday.
Why can’t I get tested until Monday if there are drive-up testing stations? You HAVE to have a doctor’s paper order OR make an appointment over the phone to go to a Covid-19 drive-up testing station. There are multiple assessments a person must go through to be tested – such as virtual appointments to confirm your symptoms.
COVID-19 TESTING UPDATE
I have secured an appointment for testing on SUNDAY March 29 at a Drive Up Testing Station. I will drive myself there since there isn’t anyone who can bring me. My PCP says that it can take anywhere from 4-10 days to receive my results.
Update of Symptoms
- Day 1: Sore throat, headache & fatigue
- Day 2: Mild headache, but felt fine overall
- Day 3: Sudden body aches, fever, headache, chills, random cough, fatigue
- Day 4: Cough, severe body aches, low grade fever, headache, fatigue
- Day 5: Congestion, headache, body aches, cough, fatigue
- Day 6: More consistent cough, dizziness, headache, congestion, lack of energy
- Day 7: Loss of sense of smell and partial loss of taste, cough, congestion, feel like I have a head cold
This is definitely the worst I’ve ever felt in terms of an illness. Well, that’s aside from the time I had Shingles and Mastitis – but this is totally different. Everyone keeps asking me to describe my symptoms, but they’re all over the place.
My symptoms are all over the place, changing daily. Mornings are usually my most energetic part of the day and then everything seems to decline. My body hurts inside and out, especially my stomach and lower back from coughing.
I don’t know what I have. What I do know is that I can’t see a doctor because they WON’T see me. Instead I have to be scheduled for a Covid-19 test and a flu test isn’t an option.
In my opinion, it doesn’t matter what I have because nothing is treatable. Both the flu and Covid-19 are a wait it out type of illness, unless you worsen to a particular point. Whatever it is, we have been taking precautions to keep my virus contained in our home.
My family is staying quarantined for 14 days or more, just like everyone around us. We have a lot of family who can bring us supplies as needed. My husband has amazing with the girls – taking charge with homeschool and keeping them entertained. He’s kept me fed and hydrated as well.
TOMORROW I will be tested at a drive-up station in New Haven for Yale Hospital. I’ll keep you all updated as best as I can.