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Monday, 11 January 2021

My Experience with Coronavirus.

Hi there.
How's it going?
The Dressing room is coming on nicely now, and I've been able to free up some space in my bedroom that's been crying out for a clear up!  It's looking a bit bigger and it's been nice to re-arrange things there too. I've got a big bag of shoes and am working my way through my wardrobes getting rid of pieces that are too small, out-of-date or I don't want - it's quite therapeutic isn't it!  It's keeping me entertained until there's a chance of actually going out!  Until then I urge you to heed the advice of the higher powers and stay safe indoors, I from my own personal experience can say Coronavirus isn't very nice and we need to eradicate it ... soon! 
My post might be a bit daunting, but I'm happy to say I'm feeling so much better now, and most definitely am over it!

It started with a cough! .....


Not a bad one - I didn't think it was classed as persistent.  Having had my flu jab a few days before I was certain it was a side effect!  My daughter had the same symptoms and decided to have a test, with hindsight I should have had one too, but was convinced it was just the flu vaccine.  The next day her results came back positive and I figured it was more than likely I had the dreaded lurgy too.  I went for a test on Christmas Eve.


Christmas Day wasn't actually too bad, I had a couple of drinks and helped cook a not-too-bad dinner, eating a fair portion.  I had back ache, felt cold and spent the afternoon curled on the sofa with a furry blanket nursing a headache, feeling tired and more coughing.  No test result came back, so I just thought they weren't working over the holiday period.


Boxing day arrived and I still felt the same, extremely tired and generally feeling unwell, but no achy joints like I imagined, but with a tight chest - feeling like I had a very tight vice clamped around my chest and neck!  We cooked more roast potatoes and had another turkey dinner - to my horror when I put the first mouth full in I could not taste it!  I picked at each individual item, still no taste.  I tried smelling, no I couldn't smell anything either.  I was stunned as I hadn't believed this was a real symptom, yes it was and my whole dinner was ruined.  For someone like me who "lives to eat" this was a real blow.  I was frightened it wouldn't return ... ever, well at least I would be thin. 😅 As the evening went on I still felt unwell but not as bad as I imagined it would be, unwell but able to cope. 
I still had a cough, tight chest and headache and still felt immensely tired and by now my son too felt unwell.  Still no results, but they had said they were very busy and results may take up to 6 days so I tried not to be too concerned.
I felt much the same over the next couple of days with the amount of sleep I was needing absolutely crazy.  Still no news on my result and I had gone off eating and drinking, merely eating a small amount just to keep my strength up, but honestly it's no fun eating something you can't smell or taste!  Hubby had taken on similar symptoms, but more flu like, being freezing cold, so very tired and he stayed in bed for a day or so.
On Monday I decided to ring about my test, they said they would look into it and I should hear back within 24hrs.  Later on that day I got my results back saying negative!  I felt a bit of a fake, but had felt really unwell with symptoms the same as my son and daughter who's test's came back positive, I must have had it, but maybe they'd lost my results or I hadn't done the test correctly!

You have a test stick that you have to run over your tonsils either side for 10 seconds (a lifetime) which makes you gag, then up your nose either side which makes your eyes water and feel like you want to sneeze. Yucky!

Tuesday I still felt the same, but all my symptoms were manageable.  The main issue for me was being oh-so-tired, I was in bed and asleep by 8 pm most nights over the holidays - what a shame to feel ill over Christmas and not just me all the family - what a shit Christmas!  The next morning I got my results - positive, I wasn't a fake after all - ha ha! 

Each day I got slightly better, but kept myself indoors & isolated from everyone.  I also missed my grandsons 2nd birthday, couldn't see him even from afar!  Such a shame and we will have a party for him in the future.  Poor thing didn't have hardly any presents, no cake (my daughter was going to make him one) no cards and no kisses 😞 New year's eve was the same, very quiet and not much happening, we were all tucked up in bed early and didn't see the New Year in either.

Two weeks on and I'm feeling MUCH better, more like my old self AND my taste and smell has come back, not fully but about 80% so I'm sure that will be back up to scratch soon.  There's not much going on at this time of the year, so I've been holed up inside since my 10 day isolation finished. I've only ventured out to Tesco and the Post Office.  I must say it's a funny feeling to actually go out, I wanted to tell everyone "I've had Coronavirus and I'm okay" but as many people haven't been so lucky I kept my mouth well and truly shut!

So what does the future hold?  I'm longing for having the vaccine and according to the UK Vaccine Calculator  mine will be due early June, quite frankly it can't come quick enough.  What are your thoughts on the jab, will you be having it?

I'm open minded about whether or not a ski holiday will be happening late in the season, that will depend on how the next months go, but I can always live in hope 🤞

Have you any experience with Covid19?  I do hope you've not been hit too hard by it and wonder if I may have given you a little hope if you are unfortunate to get it!

Until Thursday, stay safe and well and at home.

Bye bye for now. X



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  1. Thanks for sharing your experience Jacqui. I will definitely be having the vaccine - according to the calculator, in August. Hope you're fully back to normal soon! My hubster was ill this weekend but had a negative test, he already had some respiratory issues so his cough wasn't Covid related.

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    1. You're welcome Gail, just wanted to share my experiences. I think everyone is suffering different symptoms. The sooner we get this vaccine the better I say. x

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  2. Thanks Jacqui for writing about it. I am so pleased that you are nearly 100% again. A friend of mine had it and she is still not 100% She has long term Covid. She got it back in April. It is interesting to hear how the symptoms differ too. XXXX

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    1. Thank you Hilda, worrying times for everyone isn't it! x

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  3. I’m so glad you and your other family are members are recovering. So freaking scary! Thanks for sharing your experience. As for the vaccine, I will be getting one. Not sure when though. I hope when we get our new president in the office, things will be sorted out.

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

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    1. Many thanks Michelle, it's a worry for us all isn't it! Just stay safe and well. x

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  4. Oh, Jacqui, so pleased to hear you've improved and got over it reasonably well including the taste and smell. I agree with Michelle's comment, it's so freaking scary.

    Can't wait for the vaccine - my sleeve is already rolled up in anticipation. Also pleased to say that age has some compensations as I'm due to have it between the beginning of February adnthe beginning of March. As I said can't wait was we're practically shielding and have done for months.

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    1. Yes mine too Penny! So pleased my mum had hers last week, its a weight off my mind as I'm so worried about her - she's in her 80's! x

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  5. I will actually wait for a while about the vaccine, I am not one for being a test subject, I'd rather wait and see how well it works especially that new strains of the virus are starting to be seen. We will continue to take care and hopefully not get it. I am more concerned for my parents who are elderly. My walking buddy and my brother got it over the holiday and it was really interesting to be how differently their symptoms and how they felt was.
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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    1. Yes I must say everyone has different views, and that's a fair point. Good luck and stay safe Mireille. xx

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  6. It's good to hear about people's experiences with Covid-19. I'm just glad you're over the worst of it and are feeling better. I'm pretty sure hubby and I both had it right at the start of all this, early 2020, before we knew about it, to be fair. Since then, I've had tightness in my chest, which I assume to be one of the after effects I've heard about. I'm hoping it will heal and go back to normal but I guess I ought to have it looked at. I just don't want to go anywhere near the health centre until all this has gotten under control though!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

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    1. I hope you do get it checked but I know how you feel. Hubby has just been to the health center and was attended to outside by the doctor, he's checked him for pain in his chest and shortness of breath, I'm hoping the antibiotics he's been given will resolve it. You take good care Suzy. xx

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  7. jacqui! so happy to hear you are doing better. thank you for sharing your story. i hope you continue to get better and better
    xo eva

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    1. Arrh thank you, really kind of you to say. xx

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  8. This is such a helpful post! I have always wanted a day-by-day experience of the virus, and if I ever got it I would share one! I am glad your case wasn’t too bad! Wishing you a happy day!

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    1. So pleased I could help, thanks for your lovely comments. x

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  9. I'm so sorry you got COVID- but I'm happy to hear that you're much better now. It's so crazy how it impacts people differently. I will definitely be getting my vaccine when it's available for me!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Me too Ashley, everyone is suffering different symptoms, glad I'm over it now. x

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  10. I'm so glad you are mostly on the mend, except for the smell! That would be horrible, especially when food is such a comfort. I wish we had a calculator with an estimate, but I did get pre registered here in Missouri.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. It's gradually coming back Carrie, nice to hear you managed to get pre-registered. x

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  11. This horrible virus is highly contagious, no wonder all of you got sick. At least, you didn't end up in an emergency room. I got tested twice so far, just to be on the safe side, it's not a pleasant experience. Glad you are on the mend, be well
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com/

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    1. It wasn't a nice experience at all, but glad to be over it now. Thanks for stopping by. x

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  12. Ugh, so sorry Jacqui. I had the same symptoms in the weeks before Christmas but also figured it was a bit of flu. But the fact that you couldn't taste sure seems like a positive to me!! SO glad you got through it. Won't it be nice to not have this be our main concern in life? Yikes. Take care and here's to a better year!

    xx Darlene

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    1. Thank you Darlene, sorry to hear you had symptoms too! Yes here's to a better 2021. x

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  13. So scary you had it but good you could stay home and stay safe once you got the test! Here quarantine is 14 days not 10 so you're lucky there! Over here you don't do the test yourself, I'd never be able to do that as it stings, haha! they suit up and do it for you, and thankfully our results are back within 24 hours. I had to have a test once the kids were back at school after the first lockdown as the parents not social distancing, someone coughed on me and I caught a cold...grr. thankfully just a cold!

    Hope your sense of taste and smell comes back fully soon, I've heard some horror stories of that symptom hanging around for a while!

    Hope that you are having a nice weekend :) Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup!

    Away From Blue

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    1. Thanks Mica, nice to hear about your situations Hun. Glad it was only a cold, it's such a worry isn't it. Have a super week. x

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  14. Jacqui, I am so sorry that your holidays were tainted with Covid. I am glad that you are feeling better now. My sister's entire household had symptoms including loss of taste and smell and only one of the 8 people in her house tested positive which leaves me concerned with the efficacy of testing. I had all the same symptoms about 2 months ago and felt awful for about 3 weeks but I didn't meet the CDC guidelines for testing so I never went. But ever since, I have had a burning tongue...every single day for the past 2 months. I am wondering if that will ever go away. But at least I can taste things! And I won't get the vaccine unless it is mandated. I don't get the flu shot either. That's just me!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Oh that would make you believe the testing isn't quite right! Burning tongue, not heard of that before, I do hope it's okay. I had my flu jab in December, and I will be getting the vaccine as soon as I can. Have a great week Shelbee and stay safe. x

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