Being A Mom, Self-Isolated, and Having COVID-19

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Hi!  If you have been following me, I have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19.  First off, it is not fun at all!  It was a total shock as I was mostly home during this crisis and only went out for essentials.  I also took up a lot of caution while out and about.  But, one day, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  I woke up one morning, I was already short of breath, coughing, and I just didn’t feel good.  I spent the whole day wondering if it was a cold, but then, I had to go to the ER.

Once I got there, they checked me in outside and told me to go inside to get evaluated.  Then, the nurse came in and told me that I have COVID-19.  She said that I was not running a fever, but with my symptoms and the pain in my chest that I was having, it relates to all the symptoms that their patients, who tested positive, had.  She said that it could be a mild case and that they couldn’t test me because of low supply. 

However, they did do a chest x-ray and an EKG to make sure that nothing else was wrong.  Those tests came back normal, so the nurse told me that it’s the virus that is going around, so she confirmed that I have it.  She also said that it was airborne, so there was no way to track it to see where I got it from.  It was a scary feeling and something that I was not expecting.

So, off I went back home to get everything set up to be self-isolated and taking cough medicine.  Let me tell you, at first, I thought it was going to be a great little vacation.  I could rest, get better, and maybe get a head in my classes.  Well…nope…I was wrong.  I was very wrong.

I progressively got worse over the next week with me mostly sleeping all day, staying in bed, coughing, and my lungs hurt so bad that it hurt to breathe or talk.  My family told me that I sounded terrible, but I also felt terrible.  Not only was I not feeling good, there has been no contact between me and my husband and daughter.  Ugh…it’s the worst feeling in the world!

Being a mom and a wife has always come first in my life, but I can’t even be those things right now.  I have to be a sick patient in my own home and isolated away from my family.  I can’t hug, high five, kiss, hold, nothing.  I can’t even pet my animals.  I am fully isolated.

However, with some great advice from friends and family, I switched to cold and flu medicine, vick’s vapor rub, and a vaporizer and that has seemed to help me a lot.  Recently, I have been sounding like myself again and feeling a little better, but I am very tired.  My lungs still hurt, but it is not getting worse.  My body is tired and I am still sleeping a lot, but I am resting and getting better.  

But, the real champions through this is my husband and daughter.  They have been by my side and taking care of me without hesitation.  My husband, who is working from home, is taking care of me, our daughter, our animals, and our house.  I am so thankful for them.  It is killing me that I have not been able to hug, kiss, or be around them for a week.  Being self-isolated is not a vacation. 

I am mostly laying down from the pain in my lungs and the pressure from talking.  It feels like someone is constantly squeezing you…maybe a kraken??  Anyway, it is so very hard to not jump in and help around the house and it’s very hard to not kiss your child and spouse.  I miss the contact, I miss my husband, and I miss my daughter. 

This crisis and this virus has taught me a very valuable lesson….to not take things for granted.  Live life to the fullest when you can.  I always lived by these sayings, but it digs in a little bit more when these events arise.  I say this because once you are, all of a sudden, taken away from your normal routine, it down right sucks.  You start to feel isolated from yourself and from the world.  Especially for me, my depression is starting to come back hard because I can’t do anything right now.  I can’t be a mom or a wife.

I can’t be with my husband and my daughter.  It hurts to breathe and talk sometimes, so I have to keep things to a minimum.  Even though my other symptoms are gone, the pain is still there and it still hurts to breathe or talk.  I can’t tell you how much it sucks to not hug and kiss your loved ones.  It makes you miss them, even though you are in the same house. 

I know it’s the right thing, but it was not something I was ready for.  I think this is the case with everyone who has COVID-19.  The symptoms, isolation, and the effects of the aftermath are brutal.  But, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  We are all in this together and we will get through it together.  Please take care of each other and stay safe.  Stay healthy and I would like to thank everyone who is working so hard on the front lines to keep everyone safe.

Thank you to all of our workers, teachers, and parents who are taking this seriously and taking care of everyone.  Thank you!  That is it for now, I need to go rest.  As always, I hope you guys have a great weekend and I will see you in the next post!

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