I haven’t told the entire story here because Vince didn’t want me to share it until he felt sure he was going to be ok.
As I mentioned already, Mom tested positive on December 26. Then Dad tested positive on December 27. You know how close daughters are to dads . . when I talked to him and he told me, the minute we hung up the phone, I started crying and I cried pretty much that entire afternoon. They’re 86 and 87 .. not the age group you want to be in with Covid. If Mom and Dad having it wasn’t enough, Vince tested positive on Monday. So .. three days and three positive tests. Vince had not been around my parents so he didn’t get it from them. He flew from Joplin to Dallas, and then on to Abilene on 12/15; then started feeling bad on 12/26 so that trip is within the time frame but he had been out several times and Brorwnwood seems to have so much Covid now. Vince never went out without a mask and he wears N-95 masks, and as far as he knew, he wasn’t around anyone who had it but at this point, I feel like every time we go anywhere and are around people, whether it’s 1 or 100 people, we’re exposed.
Before Vince left, we sat down and talked about what we would do if one of us tested positive. We decided we would stay where we were – not go to the other one and risk infection and we promised each other we knew when to seek help and we would do it. So, close to two weeks after Vince left . . there we were . . him with Covid.
I was so tempted to load up Boots and Rita and start driving but the roads between here and there were a huge mess with ice and snow and by the time the roads were ok, Vince was determined that I was NOT going there. His two friends in Brownwood both have wives who are nurses and they were checking on him by phone several times a day.
The first couple of days, he didn’t feel too bad – like he had a cold, and he was sure his test had been a false positive but then he lost his taste and smell, then had a headache for several days and he’s very tired and has little energy. He never ran fever, never had trouble breathing. He checked his oxygen level and occasionally, it dropped to 96 but most always, it was 98. He never felt he was in danger, but with Covid, I’ve heard of people being fine one minute and in trouble the next.
The doctor told him that typically, understanding there’s nothing typical about Covid, the worst problems begin on Days 5 – 8. By the time Vince got to Day 9, we were feeling a bit better about it, but I have heard plenty of stories where people appeared to have mild cases and some even thought they were over it and then it came on with a vengeance. So, I wasn’t doing a happy dance on Day 10. We’re now on Day 12 from when he first started feeling bad. He did get the intravenous antibody treatment, which seemed to help a lot. I’ll be glad when we’re on Day 20 and 30 and then I’ll start to feel like he’s dodged a bullet.
About the headache – he quit drinking coffee. Who does that while they have Covid? He said he couldn’t taste it so it wasn’t fun to drink a hot, tasteless liquid. That makes sense but it could possibly have contributed to the headache, though I know a lot of people have headaches with Covid.
I know that some people have mild cases and either he had a mild case or some of what he was doing/taking helped. I am NOT giving medical advice but I’m simply telling you what we did.
Every single thing I’m saying is what we’ve read or heard from medical expert videos. I am not giving advice . . please do your own research and talk to your health care provider about this.
I think the foremost thing that helped Vince is that before he left here on December 15, he got back on the keto diet so he was hardly eating any carbs, was consuming no corn syrup and was eating very healthy food and he was doing intermittent fasting every day and continued during his days with Covid.
We had been taking zinc, Vitamin C, D-3 and K-2. As soon as Vince got sick, he increased the amount of D-3 he was taking for three days. You will have to research how much of all these vitamins to take.
Every night he took a hot bath for several hours. You can read about increasing your body temp and how that may be helpful. I’m guessing that if you have a fever, you probably shouldn’t take a hot bath.
He watched several videos with various concoctions for tea to make that were supposed to help with breathing/coughing so he was making and drinking that religiously. I was really proud of him – he cooked healthy meals for himself even though he was tired, and couldn’t taste anything. He baked chicken, made a roast, ate lots of healthy veggies. Had it been me, I would have lived on Blue Bell ice cream and Dr. Pepper!
Whatever it was that has gotten him through this – prayer, vitamins and supplements or a mild case, I will forever be thankful.
My parents are fine. My dad never missed a beat . . he was fine. Mom is still having some problems.
My uncle didn’t get it, thankfully.
It’s pretty safe to say that the first week of 2021 was a bit stressful. I can also say that I’ve maybe prayed more in 2021 already than I do most years for the entire year.