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Friday, 23 September 2022

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Glad you are feeling better, Mike.

I woke up Tuesday morning around 4:30 feeling like a mack truck hit me. Vomiting for hours had deep chills, my nose hurt like hell and my head felt like it was splitting and muscle aches first felt deep into my calves as I tried to walk. Could not contain the vomiting and knew my blood pressure was taking a toll. As soon as I could get word to my doc, she then video conferenced me and diagnosed me with the new COVID strand. Ordered me to the hospital, worked on stopping the constant vomiting, and got fixed up with meds to take home, even an inhaler even though I am not having breathing problems. For the next 24 hours, my fever broke and I was drenched with sweat while sleeping in winter pajamas and a blanket as the Florida sun shined through my windows. What a nasty couple of days, but now I am on day 4 and I am slowly getting back to my routine. Still on headache meds and have muscle aches, but I am definitely getting back to health thank goodness!

Be careful out there everyone. I am not used to being sick and have taken very good care of myself and choose to not hang around where groups of people may be, except for grocery shopping, post office drop-offs, and library pick-ups. I have had the flu before, but nothing has ever hit me as this did. The night before there was no symptom my body was about to take a beating.

[That sounds scary, Darlene, and I'm glad it didn't last any longer for you. You were sicker than I was. I gather it hits everybody somewhat differently. I sincerely hope your recovery continues and that there are no lingering effects. Godspeed! --Mike]

Mike, I recall you and I got COVID around the same time and this variant is definitely a strange beast. My wife and I still have lingering but not troublesome effects. We were also both told to stop getting tested, we will still be positive for a while, hang in there and that’s all we can do. Sounds like you are on the mend just not as quickly as we would all like. Rest and good long hours of sleep is what we all need. I hope you make a full recovery soon, best regards.

Mike

Hope you get stronger soon and test negative.

Your body might be telling you to sleep earlier and get up earlier. It's one of our biorhythms that is not fixed in stone.

I wake up typically at 4.30am (was later when I was younger), so I now sleep by 9pm.

Go with the flow - don't force it.

Dan K.

Mike, good luck with your recovery. I had Covid in February - dry cough followed by raging sore throat. It was more than 12 days before the second pink stripe disappeared, so you're not unique. As an occasional asthmatic I was concerned about breathing - I was able to breathe easily, but it felt as if half my lung capacity had disappeared. Lots of puffing and blowing. More than 6 months on, and things have gradually gone back to normal. So give yourself time, and try to stop worrying.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I was lucky, I didn't get long covid. I can sympathise with EMA. It plagues me. Unfortunately covid didn't cure it for me.

"She told me to stop testing myself, sort of implying that all I'm doing is driving myself crazy."

Good advice. I wouldn't doubt that the disease would hang around longer if all seems "doom and gloom".

The vaccines aren't really vaccines, in that they don't prevent the coronavirus as polio vaccines prevent polio.

I'm lucky not to have gotten the bug, unlike the others in our small office. I joke that the coronavirus can't stand the cigarette smoke. (Only half a pack a day, so not a fiend about it. But yes, it would be better to quit. Someday.)

Do as much as you feel like doing. We'll understand. (I didn't think I'd see anything new on your site until Monday. Now I've got two other posts to read!)

I hope you're rid of the virus without long effects. I am not a doctor, but the extra sleep may be (partially) a method to build up the immune system. The body has had many years of evolution to find ways to survive. Bonne chance!

[Be sure to quit before you turn 40. There's a big shelf in the actuarial tables between people who quit before 40 and after 40. After 40, it's still beneficial to quit, but your statistical outcomes get worse. --Mike]

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