March 11- I had a weird headache behind my eyes for most of the day,& in the afternoon a sore throat. As I cooked dinner I started getting chills & knew I had a fever. Took my temperature & sure enough I did. So I finished cooking, asked for prayers, & went to bed.
Mar 12- No appetite. I was barely conscious at all. Horrible body ache. When I woke I took my temp. It stayed between 100.4-102.9. Older daughter helped a lot with the baby while her dad was at work.
Mar 13 through 15- Coughing is insane, body aches/joint pain, chills, sweats, fever remained the same. Took 1 ibuprofen a day to take the edge off of headache so I could rest. No appetite.
Mar 16- Coughing is so intense. There is an undeniable crackling when I breathe, particularly noticeable on exhale. Experiencing less chills but fever remains. Newly set up “Covid-19 hotline” is closed. Drove across town to the better ER, despite my resistance to the idea. Flu tests negative, am told I have pneumonia and given ibuprofen for the fever, with suggestion I continue taking it. Given an antibiotic, and prescription for more. Am released with the instructions to isolate from members of my household & to follow up with my doctor, no other information. The packet they gave me bizarrely contains a few brief sentences on how to prevent pneumonia, no information at all on how to care for myself, how long this should last, etc.
Mar 17- No more fever! Still coughing. Feel like hell. Abs & ribs are sore from coughing.
Mar 18- My birthday. Spent it alone, sick in bed. Has now been 1 week since I spent any time with my husband or children. I miss them. Thank God the fever has not returned. Reach out to doctor for follow up. Was told I don’t qualify for Covid-19 test (pregnant, nursing home residents, first responders & medical personnel only). Cannot go in to doctor’s for follow up as they cannot see patients with symptoms. Inappropriate to return to ER for follow up. Cannot give medical advice via phone. What to do!? My older daughter begins to cough this night. Had a temp of 99.1
Mar 19- Daughter has no fever now, but continues to cough. Told to wait it out at home for now, but to watch her. She says she feels fine.
Mar 20- Last day of antibiotics. Starting to feel just well enough to want to do SOMETHING to pass the time. I have now been in bed doing absolutely nothing for 8 full days. Choose to crochet.
Mar 21- Appetite is back.
Mar 23- No more headache, body less sore.
Mar 24- Feeling a lot better today. Cough is now productive. Went downstairs for dinner for first time in 13 days. Watched Detective Pikachu.
Mar 25- Daughter still coughing, but has had no other complaints. Still facing 5 days more of isolation from my family. Fever has not returned. Neck is stiff, maybe from sleeping wrong? Still “productive” cough, seems like coughing more today than yesterday. I feel like there is stuff in my chest. Hesitant to go back to ER with all the cases in my area, as well as my very negative experiences with the hospital closest to me. Read that reinfection is possible & instead of it being the lungs, you have to worry about the heart on the 2nd round. Praying for the world & requesting prayers on my family’s behalf, please.