My Currently Developing Story
Got COVID? I guarantee having Covid isn’t fun. Here’s my currently developing story.
Fully Vaccinated with Two Boosters
I am fully vaccinated with two boosters. I have the Moderna vaccines and boosters. My second booster shot was on April 2, 2022. My medical history/issues makes me an immune compromised person.
Saturday evening I arrived home after an eight day trip. Attending the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference was the trips purpose.
I started have a runny nose and symptoms like a sinus infection. They started on Saturday, June 4th during the afternoon when driving home. I was sure I just had a cold or sinus issues.
To be safe and responsible, and after I had seen a post that a few people who attended the conference had tested positive for Covid, I took the home test on Sunday, June 5th, and was shocked it was positive. My symptoms were a a very bad runny nose, sinus like drainage, a severe scratchy sore throat, and feeling tired. This is considered Day Zero, the day you first test positive.
I immediately went into isolation and contacted family I had visited and stayed with Thursday evening.
My blood oxygen levels have been staying above 95%. I drink a bottle of water almost very hour for staying hydrated.The water intake helps the blood oxygen levels.
My blood pressure has stayed good. My heart rate has been high. The high heart rate can contribute to the night sweats. I have had heart issues for forty years – I’ve had a couple of stroke and three times been in coronary icu – so we keep a close eye on this.
Day One – On Monday, June 6th, I saw my primary care physician and had another Covid test. It was positive.
The doctor prescribed a Azithromycin (Z pack), Paxlovid Antiviral Pills (Paxlovid is an oral antiviral pill that can be taken at home to help keep high-risk patients from getting so sick that they need to be hospitalized) and Prednisone (It’s a steroid used to treat many diseases and conditions associated with inflammation).
My son Jason delivered me the prescriptions Monday evening and we maintained proper isolation/distancing. I started the Z pack and Paxlovid Monday.
My symptoms of a very bad runny nose, sinus like drainage, a severe scratchy sore throat, and feeling tired continued. I also had very bad night sweats where I changed clothing four times during the night from sweating so much. I did not have a fever.
Day Two – Tuesday, June 7th, I started the Prednisone Tuesday morning as it can keep you from sleeping. The Z pack and Paxlovid seemed to cause some mild intestinal distress and bathroom trips.
The symptoms remained about the same though I started feeling slightly better.
Day Three – Wednesday, June 8th. Continuing to follow the doctor’s treatment and taking meds. I can still smell and taste. The steroids are not affecting my sleep. Yes, I have some body aches. Yes, I tire easily.
Where Did I Catch Covid?
Of course there is no way of knowing when or where I caught Covid.
First Reaction to Having Covid
My first thought when I tested positive was to quote Scripture. I selected Psalm 56:3, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” This is scary, even for a fully vaccinated and boosted 68 years old man. I had my Uncle Vernon die from Covid in December 2020. I had a member of my Bible fellowship class die from it in August 2021.
Faith in God and in Modern Medicine
I’ll continue the medical treatment, appreciate prayer, and reflect on Job 14:5 which says “Our time on earth is brief; the number of our days is already decided by you.” I truly believe that the Lord has our days numbered. I know He’s with me and knows what is best for me. Trusting in Him reduces the fear, after all I’m His child and He cares for me.
I’ll update my journey this weekend.