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I Have Covid [Day 3]

Well this is horrible. Worse than I expected. For me, it’s not been a question of simply having a couple of days in bed and then slowly getting better. On Day 3 I feel I am still getting worse. I now have a stomach ache which I didn’t have yesterday or the day before, and a feeling of slightly constricted breathing. I have diarrhoea. My right ear is blocked and I have tinnitus. I have a headache, a sore throat and a cough. I’m completely congested in the nose, and blowing my nose often and sneezing too. I haven’t had worse colds. This really is the flu. I can’t sleep much. Back ache woke me at 4:30am (this is my usual back ache from prolapsed discs) then the Covid discomfort was too great for me to fall back to sleep despite swallowing paracetamol. I feel delicate, kind of jittery and too hot. My chest is heavy, my throat sore. It’s scary. I’m anxious about it all. I’ve had three jabs but they don’t seem to be making it mild for me! At least I know for sure it’s Covid Omicron because I had a positive PCR result today as well as my two positive lateral flow tests.

Today, on this wild day of Storm Eunice, I feel worried, alone and pretty unwell.

I Have Covid [Day 1]

I got a faint positive lateral flow test today. It finally happened. Intellectually, I know it’s extremely unlikely anything bad will happen to me especially since I have had three vaccination jabs, but I’m still anxious. My symptoms include the feeling that a small fire is burning in my chest, I have a runny nose, migraine, sore throat, sneezing, and a cough. The migraine and tight chest are the worst symptoms at the moment and I’ve had to take a triptan for the pain, but most people who’ve had Omicron say it wipes you out for a couple of days and then you start to feel better and are left with a lingering cough and sometimes fatigue (although fatigue isn’t currently one of my symptoms). This is the case with my son. He was pretty ill for two days and then spent the remaining days with a cough that’s slowly getting better. Ho hum. Illness here we come. I’m already up to the hilt with paracetamol, ibuprofen and my triptan. I don’t want to get any worse.

Sore Throat

Well, I’ve had a sore throat for about two days now, and along with the soreness there is a feeling of a slight chill in my lungs, as if there’s a thin lining of lint inside. It’s now five days since I sat in the Covid ward with Albert as he took his last breaths, and my great fear is, of course, that I’ve caught the virus from him – because I wasn’t given the appropriate PPE – just a blue paper mask to cover my mouth, when it should have been something more appropriate for the AGP (aerosol generating procedure) of the CPAP machine that he was on constantly. I had gloves, a visor, and an apron, but none of these protect against aerosols at all. I would have been better off wearing jeans and a t-shirt with an FFP3 mask for my mouth and clear goggles for my eyes.

I wouldn’t put it past me to develop a normal cold in these circumstances, but it would be a horrible coincidence.

As I describe in 50, I developed Covid in April 2020 during the first wave, although I didn’t get a test to prove it because they weren’t available to most people back then. I kept a diary of my symptoms and discussed them at length in the book. I was so frightened! We hardly knew anything about the virus except terrifying things. But one of my early symptoms was a fiery sore throat which seemed to come and go, as it does now. It’s fine in the morning, almost gone, then by 5:00pm it’s come back strongly and my anxiety ramps up again. It’s the only symptom though, which is GOOD NEWS. I read on the ZOE Covid symptom app – a nationwide study I’m part of – that the more symptoms you have in the early stages, especially if you’re over 50, the more likely you are to need oxygen and hospital treatment. Fewer symptoms during the initial 5-6 days means a greater chance of a more mild illness.

I wish so hard, as we all do, that Covid hadn’t been invented in China, that they’d been more careful with their virus laboratory, or that they hadn’t been so cruel to their wildlife in their horrible wet markets. But what’s done in done, and we all have to live (and die) with it now.

Presently, my children are largely unaffected, although Jack has had a sore throat for the last two days but this has now gone. Amy hasn’t complained of anything other than an ulcer on her tongue and cheek, but she gets them regularly anyway so it’s hard to say whether the kids are any more ill than normal. Jack’s sore throat has come to nothing so far.

The most common time to begin displaying symptoms is 5-6 days since initial exposure, but some people start at only 2 days, and others at 14. So if I did catch it from Albert, I’m bang on the typical incubation period. I hope to know soon enough whether I actually have it or not because this morning I took a test. If everything goes to plan I should get an email or text message in a couple of days. I’ll let you know straight away of course.

If my test is negative I’ll then wait until I’m 9 days post exposure and do another test just in case I’m one of the late developers or did the first test poorly. I want to be really sure I don’t have it, especially since I have SYMPTOMS. I’m not very hopeful though.

SIGH.

UPDATE: I tested negative!! (So, so relieved)