This is a sensitive subject for many and I am fully aware that everyone’s story is completely different. I do however know that not everyone has been impacted by Covid-19 in some way, which is why I decided to share my family’s story.
It was all good just a week ago – just kidding (a little humor is needed during these times), this all started when my boyfriend, my son and I were traveling back from South Carolina. We took a mini vacation, but please do not judge – we were very cautious and careful and government websites and news forums still did not have direction or bans in place. This trip took place around March 6, 2020 and our diaper bag was fully packed with a mini soap and loads of hand sanitizer for our travels. It wasn’t on our way there that Covid-19 communication was prominent, it was more on our way back on March 10 when we entered the Atlanta, GA airport from our connecting flight from the Savannah, GA airport. We missed our flight due to a delay from our previous flight; therefore we had to go to the customer service line. This is where we overheard the representative tell her colleague that she was just notified that all flights from Italy have been cancelled due to Covid-19. This was a bit scary and at this point we just wanted to get home. We finally got our new flight info and made it home to Boston, MA.
Our problems had just begun…
The week we came back, Boston’s city officials were already communicating about essential workers, closings, new store hours and making recommendations to stay home. We quickly transitioned into this new norm. After a few days, my boyfriend started feeling the chills, but we really thought it was a bit of paranoia mixed it in with a tablespoon of denial. During these chills, we slept in the same bed, which was a big mistake. We took his temperature and confirmed he had a fever and he then moved to the couch, but the damage was already done. Nos jodimos big time. I then started to feel hot and you guessed right, I also had a fever.
The next day, my fever was gone, but my boyfriend’s was not and he felt worse, which prompted him to go get tested. The next day, his results came in and he tested positive for Covid-19. His doctor stated that he should self quarantine and that both my son and I probably had it as well. We went into full disinfecting mode, and my boyfriend moved to the basement since his symptoms were getting worse by the second and I felt brand new just after 1 day (this does not mean I was virus free). I felt congestion and a headache for about 4 days, but at the end of the day, I’m a mom and that means no days off. I kept on pushing, although i really just wanted to sleep. I called my son’s pediatrician and they stated that he most likely had it due to the exposure from his dad, but that children carried it differently. They are more harmful to others than themselves because they can pass it along, but don’t show symptoms. I can confirm this, my son had a runny nose for about 2 days, but other than that he’s been playful, active, happy and energetic. Super oblivious to the world crumbling around us. I used a humidifier with vapopads and he was breathing like nothing ever happened. Around the same time, I completely lost my sense of smell. I love vapor rub, I mean come on, I’m Dominican and we use that for everything and I could not smell a thing. I burned sage, nothing. My son had a poopy diaper, nothing. I smelled lotions, candles, food, soap, fresheners and nothing. It was pretty scary.
I went about my business, but of course constantly cleaning my surroundings, washing my hands and keeping my distance. I would leave food, teas, Dominican remedies and vitamins on the steps for my boyfriend just to make sure he was hydrated and good to go. It was crazy. After about 10 days of the same routine, we felt he was deteriorating. His cough was bad and he could hardly breathe. We called 911 and off we went to the hospital. The ambulance took him to a local Boston hospital and I called him to make sure he made it alright, but he didn’t pick up. I started getting paranoid and called the hospital and they told me that they had no record of him. I was terrified. I called about 5 other hospitals in the area and no one had any record of him. Finally, about 4 hours later, he called and guess what? He was at the first damn hospital and instead of them saying that they were delayed in processing patients, they gave me the runaround. Needless to say I was highly upset.
My boyfriend was hospitalized for 4 days (about 10 days into being quarantined, but his symptoms were getting worse) – he needed to be on oxygen, he had pneumonia, he still had a high fever and was dehydrated and weak. When his fever went away and he could breathe without the oxygen he was discharged. One day later, he went back to the hospital because his heart rate was high and he was having chest pains. He was then discharged after 1 day. My anxiety was through the roof.
So far, he has been making progress, but keep in mind that he went over 2 weeks with a fever, coughing, chest pains, etc. and my son and I haven’t seen him in almost a month because after we quarantined and felt better, I left to be with my parents so I can get help while I worked from home. This has really turned our lives upside down as I am sure it has with many of you.
I do not wish this on anyone and it kills me to see people that are not practicing social distancing on different social media sites. Take it from me, this is serious and it is really important that you stay home and only leave the house for groceries and other essential items.
Things that helped my family get better (links to Amazon included):
- Sudafed – Click here.
- Vitamin C – Click here.
- Elderberry –Click here.
- Humidifier with vapopad slot – Click here.
- Lavender Vapopads for humidifier –Click here.
- Braun Ear thermometer – Click here.
Other items that you can find at a grocery store that helped us (please be safe)
- Fresh ginger for ginger tea
- Gatorade or Pedialyte
In a snapshot:
- We’re not exactly sure how we got it – either the airport or the grocery store would be my guess
- It hits everyone very differently, I was better in about 7 days, while my boyfriend is still recovering after almost a month
- There were a few things that helped us (linked above), but it’s really important to stay hydrated
- Practice social distancing and take it seriously
- My boyfriend took Tylenol at first because doctors were anti Ibuprofen, but then he switched to it because Tylenol was not working for him – this was then recommended by the CDC
- Check in on your loved ones
- Take your temperature often
- Stay informed, BUT don’t get sucked into the media (there is a lot of negativity out there)
- Many news outlets are reporting deaths, but not all the people who have recovered from this virus.