WE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 | MY EXPERIENCE

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Let me start this one on a bit of a positive note, thinking about getting Covid-19 was more scary than actually living with it.

Now, let me go a bit back in time since the start of the pandemic. Last year, February 2020 my third daughter was born and right after we found ourselves in the first lockdown. So imagine, 9 months being pregnant, barely walking and then when you are looking forward to spending time with your kids, slowly going out, you are locked at home again.

For the whole year we did not go out ANYWHERE. No visitors were allowed either as there are so many of us at home already, we tried to be very strict and keep all the recommendations. Of course, washing hands has become a new religion for us:)) I am the one who drives, so I was going for food shopping at local Tesco’s and then back, thats all!

Last month, someone came to our house for like 2 mins, he sat down said hi to everyone, picked up something and left. Second day I am getting a call from him saying that he tested positive for Covid. It was early morning so I was still sleepy. I quickly got up, told everyone and went to make coffee for myself. The second I tasted my coffee I felt something was not right. I could not taste and smell it. The same day I went to do the test and next morning I am getting a text message: ” your coronavirus test result is POSITIVE”. I did my test in the drive-through test centre in London, you can get a free NHS Covid test to check if you have coronavirus. I was so scared, mainly because of kids and my family members. They all tested positive the next day.

So in terms of the symptoms I only had a running nose on the first day I tested positive and loss of taste and smell for 5 days. From 6th day I was back to normal. My mum had same symptoms as me but she had a headaches and cough too. My brother and kids had no symptoms at all and my dad was the worst out of all of us with low temperatures (up to 37.5) for 2 weeks and a cough. Finally after 2 weeks my dad got antibiotics prescribed and doctor also suggested getting Pulse Oximeter for him which can accurately determine your SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation levels). Doctor suggested that if the SpO2 level was below 93 to call 111. This part as actually scary because first time I checked on my dad it showed 91, then 94, 95… it kept going up and down. I quickly called the doctor and he suggested to sit up and measure again. He felt fine to himself, so doctor said that not to pay too much attention to the numbers as long as his breathing was normal and he felt good.  After the finish of the antibiotics course he was fine too.

Exactly after one week of testing positive and as soon as my taste and smell feelings were back, I decided to do another test and I got negative answer. I was mostly worried about my dad and my brother in case we would get Covid, how would they cope with it, but thank God, everything went well and we are all doing fine now. The most important thing was to keep isolating from everyone and staying home.

When my dad found out he had Covid, his reaction was very very bad. He got super anxious and did not know what to do. I tried to calm him down and assure him that everything was going ok for us and if something terrible was to happen we would know by now. I guess it is not completely true, but when in this kind of difficult and stressful situations you need to think about something positive to tell one another.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have a high temperature, it can help to:

  • speak with your GP as soon as possible
  • get lots of rest
  • drink plenty of fluids (water is best) to avoid dehydration – drink enough so your pee is light yellow and clear
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you feel uncomfortable

If you have a cough, it’s best to avoid lying on your back. Lie on your side or sit upright instead. To help ease a cough, try having a teaspoon of honey. But do not give honey to babies under 12 months.

During this time, I gave my kids Vitabiotics Wellkid Omega-3 & Vitamin D after consulting with doctor.

If you’re feeling breathless, it can help to keep your room cool. Try turning the heating down or opening a window. Do not use a fan as it may spread the virus.

You could also try:

  • breathing slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth, with your lips together like you’re gently blowing out a candle
  • sitting upright in a chair
  • relaxing your shoulders, so you’re not hunched
  • leaning forward slightly – support yourself by putting your hands on your knees or on something stable like a chair

Try not to panic if you’re feeling breathless. This can make it worse.

After 28 days has passed since testing positive for Covid-19, we were offered the coronavirus vaccination first dose. You can check this page to see if you are eligible for the vaccine.

The impact and experience of the coronavirus outbreak has been different for everyone, as has how we have reacted, but there’s no doubt it’s been a really difficult time for us all. That’s why it’s so important to do what we can to look after our mental health and wellbeing – now more than ever – remember to stay home.

Do you have any experience with Covid?

I wish you health everyone!

Please stay safe and well!

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