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Old 04-01-20, 03:32 PM
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I have Sars-CoV-2/Covid-19,...and it sux,...

I'm home, recovering as it may, from the coronavirus. I'm living on Long Island, in NY,...the epicenter of the USA pandemic. I've had multiple coworkers die, including their family members. I'm one of the lucky ones, as I'm 52, a former smoker, have mild high BP, and I had bronchitis in January. For all you people not taking this too seriously, I'd suggest you have a change of heart. I've been ill since about 2/16/20, and even though my breathing has improved, my cough hasn't gone away, I have constant headaches, and I can't walk around the house without becoming extremely fatigued. Every day I wonder if I'll have another episode of my lungs not being able to get enough air, and almost blacking out from a lack of oxygen.

Please, stay isolated, WEAR MASKS (the guidelines are being adjusted to state that masks ARE effective at preventing contracting the coronavirus), wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, treat your clothes like a hazmat suit - shoes/sneakers included, and invest in a spray bottle filled with a 70% alcohol/30% water solution to spray yourself down with when entering your home.

Be safe, stay healthy, and I hope we all get through this with as few (more) deaths as possible.

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Thank you for posting. We need to hear from more positives. The more we hear, the sooner our denial cracks.
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Doug, so sorry to hear about the loss of your co-workers and your long and still ongoing suffering with this disease.

I hope you do fully recover and I hope your family stays disease free. Godspeed, sir.
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Thank you Doug for sharing and for your advice. This is hitting home now. Hope your cycling body helps you get through this and recover soon. Were you hospitalized and then returned home after improving?

I know it's hard to tell, but just in case, do you have any guess how you and your coworkers may have caught the virus? It seems you caught it in the early days when it's still not a "reality" to most people here.
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Thank you, that could not have been fun to post, but it's the much-needed perspective that's been missing here, That doesn't sound anything like the time-line for a recovery from the flu. People need to understand that if they spread this, even if they don't kill someone they more likely will be subjecting someone to a lot of suffering.

May your recovery be full and in the near future.
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Thank you Doug for sharing and for your advice. This is hitting home now. Hope your cycling body helps you get through this and recover soon. Were you hospitalized and then returned home after improving?

I know it's hard to tell, but just in case, do you have any guess how you and your coworkers may have caught the virus? It seems you caught it in the early days when it's still not a "reality" to most people here.
Actually, I'd been unable to bike for over a year, due to a car accident in the beginning of 2018. My back and neck got messed up, and I was unable to ride. Then, my right knee had the meniscus torn as well, so I needed surgery and a long recovery period. I'd just started working out again, and I was looking forward to getting back in the saddle. I did have bronchitis in January (I think it was at least), but I was over it when this finally hit me. I didn't end up hospitalized from Covid-19, thank GOD. Apparently, if you do wind up getting hospitalized, it's a sign you're probably not going to make it. At least here in NY.

I've been at home the entire time. I still have episodes in the early morning where I suddenly can't get oxygen into my lungs. If I didn't have an Albuterol inhaler by my side, I have no idea if I'd have made it through. And the inhalers (I'm also taking Cymbicort) are from when I had the bronchitis. I'm going to follow some advice I got from a friend, and that I saw from another member here in the forums,...I'm going to start riding (stationary bike) and try to assist my lungs in getting their volume back. If I don't, there's no way I'll fully recover from this virus.
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Actually, I'd been unable to bike for over a year, due to a car accident in the beginning of 2018. My back and neck got messed up, and I was unable to ride. Then, my right knee had the meniscus torn as well, so I needed surgery and a long recovery period. I'd just started working out again, and I was looking forward to getting back in the saddle. I did have bronchitis in January (I think it was at least), but I was over it when this finally hit me. I didn't end up hospitalized from Covid-19, thank GOD. Apparently, if you do wind up getting hospitalized, it's a sign you're probably not going to make it. At least here in NY.

I've been at home the entire time. I still have episodes in the early morning where I suddenly can't get oxygen into my lungs. If I didn't have an Albuterol inhaler by my side, I have no idea if I'd have made it through. And the inhalers (I'm also taking Cymbicort) are from when I had the bronchitis. I'm going to follow some advice I got from a friend, and that I saw from another member here in the forums,...I'm going to start riding (stationary bike) and try to assist my lungs in getting their volume back. If I don't, there's no way I'll fully recover from this virus.
That sure doesn't sound good. Are you taking your temperature regularly? I hope there are others - friends/family checking in on you? Keep that oxygen moving in!
I hope you'll be getting stronger soon.
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Old 04-03-20, 03:05 AM
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That sure doesn't sound good. Are you taking your temperature regularly? I hope there are others - friends/family checking in on you? Keep that oxygen moving in!
I hope you'll be getting stronger soon.
I live with my wife and youngest son, so I'm not alone. And despite the common belief, most people who contract Covid 19 never get a fever. I didn't, and I still haven't.

​​​​​​And thanks everyone for the well wishes. I hope others recover as well as I am.
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That is really interesting about the fever (or lack thereof). I am very sorry to hear what you are going through, and I hope your recovery will become more rapid and complete. Did the others in your household get it (if you don't mind me asking)?

It also makes me wonder if you have a secondary bacterial respiratory infection? (I know it might be hard to get it checked out by a doctor under the current circumstances, but if that were the case, you might be able to address the on-going issues by treating that.)

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That is really interesting about the fever (or lack thereof). I am very sorry to hear what you are going through, and I hope your recovery will become more rapid and complete. Did the others in your household get it (if you don't mind me asking)?

It also makes me wonder if you have a secondary bacterial respiratory infection? (I know it might be hard to get it checked out by a doctor under the current circumstances, but if that were the case, you might be able to address the on-going issues by treating that.)
My wife and youngest son seem to be asymptomatic. My wife has had minor cold like symptoms that have since subsided, and my 15 yo son had the itchy/scratchy throat that went away on it's own. My oldest son (32 yo) apparently got it while working. He's got more of a cough, and he's recovering as well.

As for the secondary infection, it's quite possible. I'm told by my job that I need to be retested before I can return to work. When I go to my doctor next week I'll ask about antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection. Seems legit,...
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Damn man sorry to hear but thank you SOOOOOOO much for your personal account. I live in NYC and I'm not going to lie the lack of personal accounts make me feel like this whole thing is bull****. I mean in todays time and age people video tape themselves killing themselves, killing someone else, porn, or picking a booger so to no see any videos is crazy IMO. My sister in law had it and this is the second personal account so it helps to put tings in perspective .
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X-rays have been scheduled,...apparently I can't get rid iof the cough, and I may possibly have lung damage. My breathing is still knackered!!!

Update: I'm going to a facility that ONLY allows Covid 19 patients. I'm a risk, and I let them know. I don't want anyone being exposed to me right now.
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Hope you get better soon.

My sister (also in NYC) has it (probably, she can't get tested) and she only had a mild fever for less than 24 hours, but she has a hell of a time breathing. She already has bad asthma, so that really makes it worse. It looks like she's on the recovery, but she still feels terrible.
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Hope you get better soon.

My sister (also in NYC) has it (probably, she can't get tested) and she only had a mild fever for less than 24 hours, but she has a hell of a time breathing. She already has bad asthma, so that really makes it worse. It looks like she's on the recovery, but she still feels terrible.
I'm so sorry to hear that your sister is sick. I don't have asthma, but I did get some Symbicort and Albuterol in January, when I had bronchitis. Hopefully her medications help her, as I'd have been hospitalized without mine. Please, keep me posted.
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I've had three family members get this virus.

Female, age 28 - 105F Fever, body ache, SEVER dry, non productive cough that persisted for 5 days, afterward she sounded like a 90yr lady. Total sickness was 8 days. Was asymptomatic for 7-10 days (got virus partying in CO during early March because virus was a hoax)

Male, age 32 (husband to above) became sick within hours of wife, 105F fever, non productive cough....exact same as above, recovered 1 day sooner than wife.

Male, age 62 (father of above) had dinner date with daughter/son in-law, while they were asymptomatic, developed sickness a week later. His symptoms were 105 F Fever, body ache, and dry cough, but cough was not as bad as kids. He is recovering much slower, as of this week still feeling tired and sick, we are worried, we thought he was getting better, but then gets bad again.
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I've had three family members get this virus.

Female, age 28 - 105F Fever, body ache, SEVER dry, non productive cough that persisted for 5 days, afterward she sounded like a 90yr lady. Total sickness was 8 days. Was asymptomatic for 7-10 days (got virus partying in CO during early March because virus was a hoax)

Male, age 32 (husband to above) became sick within hours of wife, 105F fever, non productive cough....exact same as above, recovered 1 day sooner than wife.

Male, age 62 (father of above) had dinner date with daughter/son in-law, while they were asymptomatic, developed sickness a week later. His symptoms were 105 F Fever, body ache, and dry cough, but cough was not as bad as kids. He is recovering much slower, as of this week still feeling tired and sick, we are worried, we thought he was getting better, but then gets bad again.
That's the problem for older adults. I'm 52, and I thought a week ago it was almost gone. Then suddenly it came back, and I could hardly breathe. I was coughing, dizzy, weak, and if I didn't have those inhalers I mentioned, I don't think I'd have made it. And if my wife had called 911, there's really not much that could have done for me. Hopefully the 62 yo man you mentioned can recover quickly. The longer it seems to last, the more fatigued the body can become. But, he sounds like he'll tough it out. And the 2 people who didn't believe this was real owe him quite a bit afterwards. He's definitely gonna make that known I hope! 🙏
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That's the problem for older adults. I'm 52, and I thought a week ago it was almost gone. Then suddenly it came back, and I could hardly breathe. I was coughing, dizzy, weak, and if I didn't have those inhalers I mentioned, I don't think I'd have made it. And if my wife had called 911, there's really not much that could have done for me. Hopefully the 62 yo man you mentioned can recover quickly. The longer it seems to last, the more fatigued the body can become. But, he sounds like he'll tough it out. And the 2 people who didn't believe this was real owe him quite a bit afterwards. He's definitely gonna make that known I hope! 🙏
I'm pulling for you sir! keep us posted on your condition please. here in Texas area where i live we have about 500 cases total, across two counties. Friends that work in the local hospitals tell me there have over a doze on ventilators some as young as 30. this **** is terrifying.
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I've had three family members get this virus.

Female, age 28 - 105F Fever, body ache, SEVER dry, non productive cough that persisted for 5 days, afterward she sounded like a 90yr lady. Total sickness was 8 days. Was asymptomatic for 7-10 days (got virus partying in CO during early March because virus was a hoax)

Male, age 32 (husband to above) became sick within hours of wife, 105F fever, non productive cough....exact same as above, recovered 1 day sooner than wife.

Male, age 62 (father of above) had dinner date with daughter/son in-law, while they were asymptomatic, developed sickness a week later. His symptoms were 105 F Fever, body ache, and dry cough, but cough was not as bad as kids. He is recovering much slower, as of this week still feeling tired and sick, we are worried, we thought he was getting better, but then gets bad again.
That's horrible. Hope the father recovers. Did the two younger ones recover by doing nothing whatsoever?
(p.s. I don't have anyone close to contract it, but just found out from FB that someone I knew just lost her brother to the virus, which makes it very real to me now.)
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That's horrible. Hope the father recovers. Did the two younger ones recover by doing nothing whatsoever?
(p.s. I don't have anyone close to contract it, but just found out from FB that someone I knew just lost her brother to the virus, which makes it very real to me now.)
after sister/brother got sick they called the ER, did a screening over the phone. When they disclosed spring break activities and recent flight from CO they were instructed to do drive up test. Test came back about 30hrs later. They were instructed to take Tylenol every four hours to keep Fever down (this worked, dropped to 100-102 then back to 105 after 4-6hrs), and to only come back to hospital via AMBULANCE if shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Neither of them got worse over the next 6 days, and generally felt a tiny bit better every day until they were back to 100%.

Father is not feeling better each day. we worry.

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Wow tds101,

I hope you get better soon. I am at loss for words.
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Wow tds101,

I hope you get better soon. I am at loss for words.
I hope this all passes soon,... Thank you for your well wishes.
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I had an x-ray yesterday at a Covid-19 ONLY facility (Zwanger Pesiri). I got my results in the afternoon, and thankfully my lungs are clear, and seem to have no damage. Hopefully the coughing will cease, and when I hit up a cardiologist, everything goes well.

One thing surprised me. My doctor told me to take a claritin in the morning, AND a zyrtec at night before bed. Since I still have severe (year round) allergies, and this year is already at crazy levels of pollen, etc, I hope this will allow the my body to fully recover. This has turned into one hell of a ride,...
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