Last Friday, December 25, started the 5th week of our fight with COVID-19. I'm still counting (and being diligent) because I have a little bit of a lingering cough and sinus issues, although thankfully not as severe as before. Thank God!
As terrible and scary as it was, we (my family and I) are so much better. I'll share what we did to treat COVID at home later in the post. But for now, I want to share the clarity and 'good' that came out of this time.
I almost titled this post COVID, Chronic Conditions, and Calling since I was MIA for a long time, either fighting, recovering, or resuming everyday life after COVID. For three weeks, my life came to a screeching halt, and I thought of nothing except getting better.
During the 4th week- when I started to recover from COVID, I thought of blogging and the December issue of the Stress Less SOS newsletter, but at that point, thinking was all I could do as I went into the Christmas holidays missing family, being thankful for what we did have, and making it merrier- different but still wonderful.
My fight with COVID lasted longer than the rest of the family members who had it. As I've mentioned before, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and Lyme are chronic conditions that are challenging for me. Before COVID hit, I was up to working five days a week and had a half-day of energy on Saturdays for light cleaning!
When COVID hit, I was back to the crippling fatigue I remembered from years ago.
Now, I'm slowly getting back to my regular routine- which brings me to the calling part. I had a lot of time to think, pray, and get really clear on what I believe God wants me to do in this season of my life. I came out of COVID with such clarity, a closer walk with God, and more grit and determination to keep the faith.
For the last couple of years, I feel I have been spreading myself too thin, trying to find where my gifts fit best. I'm breathing a sigh of relief as I am confident of the direction to go for the New Year.
Thank you for allowing me to be reflective. My appreciation for life, God, my family, and my calling are at an all-time high right now. Now onto ...
WHAT I DID TO TREAT COVID-19 AT HOME
First, I'm humbled and so very grateful that we were able to treat COVID at home. I ended up having three COVID-related telemedicine visits. One when I was sick and had a tele-visit for another reason. The doctor wanted to see me specifically for being sick. Another tele-visit was after my COVID test was positive, and the third explained below.
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By the way, I know who our 'patient zero' was. I know the who, when, and where of how COVID was introduced (unintentionally) to us. That's another story full of anger (there's a lot more to the story), frustration, and finally, forgiveness. Beautiful, life-giving forgiveness. Healing and health-promoting forgiveness.
We could tell we weren't feeling well during the first three days after our exposure, kind of like a cold coming on. I started herbal teas and brought out my natural medicine chest. I'll give one of my herbal recipes and some of what I keep in my natural medicine chest below in the RESOURCE section below.
By the way, COVID reminds me of LYME and Chronic Fatigue with the addition of sinus stuff.
Here's what we did.
Herbal tea (recipe below)
Immune support that contained vitamin c, zinc, and elderberry
We already take high-quality multivitamins and Lysine every day.
I gave my husband our oil of oregano. (We didn't have that much at home.) I took Pau d' Arco and my ISBart (from CellCore) that I use for Lyme.
Diffused 'thieves' blend essential oils in every room.
Applied Thieves blend to our chests and covered with a washcloth.
Prayer & Communion
Forgiveness, letting go, and moving on (I had to because of the whole story.)
Z-pack (my husband also started amoxicillin)
specific US Enzymes
ViRadChem Binder (CellCore)
Neti pot with neti-saline and neti-wash+ (a neti-pot booster)
During the first week, my husband wouldn't stop working and got worse than I was. Thankfully he stopped working the second week and toward the end of the second week he went to a doctor and started taking a Z-pack (Azithromycin). He started improving almost immediately.
My regular doctor during my second tele-visit, recommended only Tylenol. [Insert face palm emoji here]. Tylenol!?! We don’t even have Tylenol in the house. <Rant for another time.
When I saw how fast my husband’s condition changed after taking the Z-pack, I made the third appointment for the tele-visit to ask for a Z-pack. (I had sinus issues including fever and 'colored' mucus or signs of infection).