Tested Positive for COVID-19? Here Are Some Tips!

Tested Positive for COVID-19? Here Are Some Tips!

I contracted COVID-19 early on in the pandemic (first week of March) and have since become a “long-hauler.” Knowing what I know now, I would definitely go about things differently if I were to get it again.

In this post, I will be providing tips for what to do when you are sick with COVID-19.

Tips for if you test positive for COVID-19

First of all, you should go get tested if you have ANY of the symptoms seen in COVID-19 infections. It is important to know for yourself and for those around you. One person can end up infecting many people.

  • Contact trace- Let people that you have been around in the days leading up to your positive test result that you have the virus. This is very important.
  • Let loved ones know that you have tested positive- This can be helpful so that they know what is going on with you and they will be able to check up on you.
  • Isolate yourself in your home- If you live with other people, try to isolate from them if you can. If you have to be in the same area, wear a mask and disinfect things you touch. Try to eat in a different area than the other person (or people) are in.
  • Get a pulse oximeter if you do not have one already and measure your oxygen levels frequently throughout the day. This is important because COVID-19 may cause life threatening dips in oxygen. Anything below a 95 reading is cause for concern.
  • Take supplements- There are supplements to take that may help when (and before) you have COVID-19. These include vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, turmeric, magnesium, selenium, oil of oregano, NAC, ginger, Quercetin and B vitamins.
  • Take Aspirin- Taking a baby Aspirin everyday when infected with COVID-19 may be a good idea to help prevent blood clotting that is known to occur with it.
  • Treat your cough/sore throat- Cough medicine, hot teas, throat lozenges and Vick’s VapoRub may help a cough and/or sore throat.
  • Treat aches/pains- Using Tylenol and Vicks VapoRub may help the aches/pains.
  • Treat an upset stomach- Using anti-nausea treatments may help with this symptom.
  • Treat and monitor your fever- Using Tylenol to bring down a fever is a good idea. If it does not come down or gets really high, you need to go in for medical care.
  • Try steam treatments- If you are really congested, breathing in steaming water with peppermint essential oil may help.
  • Get nutrition in if you can- If you are having a hard time eating, try something like broth and saltine crackers. Have someone deliver you food if need-be.
  • Keep hydrated- Hydration is especially important when you are sick. Drinking something with electrolytes would be a great idea.
  • Sleeping on your front (prone position)- This is something they have COVID-19 patients do in the hospital. This may improve oxygenation of the lungs when you are weathering the COVID-19 storm at home.
  • Rest but do walk around once in a while- Many people have fatigue when they are infected with COVID-19. It is important to listen to your body and rest but it is also important to get up every now and again. This will help reduce the chances of clots in your legs. Do not do any hardcore exercise when you are sick though.
  • Take care of your mental health- Getting worried and stressed out about everything may make things worse when your body is trying to fight the virus. Listening to happy media and talking to loved ones may be helpful during this time.

Tips for after your COVID-19 infection

Once you feel the active phase of your illness is over, you are going to still want to be careful with yourself. Here are some tips for you:

  • No hardcore exercise for a while- It is important to not try to go back into your intense exercise routine after the acute phase of your infection. This is because the virus may wreck havoc with your lungs and heart so you still need to let your body rest for a while. I know that this can be hard for fitness enthusiasts but experts believe it is important.
  • Keep treating the lingering symptoms if need-be.
  • Keep taking the supplements and Aspirin.
  • Monitor yourself for any after effects that are especially troubling. Document them.
  • Consider seeing a doctor (s)- COVID-19 can cause some damage to organs and also abnormalities in blood work. It may be a good idea to consult with a doctor and decide if things need to be looked at.
  • Keep taking care of your mental health- Some people who have had COVID-19 end up with mental health issues. Because of this, it is important to monitor your mental health and act accordingly if you are having issues. Reaching out to your loved ones and/or medical professionals may help.
  • Breathing exercises- Breathing can end up being a problem during and after a COVID-19 infection. There are some breathing exercises you can find on YouTube to help with this.

In conclusion

Despite learning quite a bit about COVID-19 in the past 9-10 months, there is still a lot of unknowns with it. This can make it very scary for some people to think about.

Just know that not everyone ends up on a ventilator and needs a double lung transplant afterward. Also, not everyone dies or even becomes a long-hauler.

While there is no cure available for the common person, there are some things that one can do to help fight a COVID-19 infection off. I hope that these tips I provided will really be of benefit to anyone who reads this and has contracted the virus.

Have any of you reading this had the virus? What was it like for you?

Thanks for reading!

#covid19 #safeathome #maskup #virus #sick #symptoms #health #supplements

My Current Supplement Stack

My Current Supplement Stack

I have taken supplements for quite a few years now. The specific ones I take seems to change every now and again though. Because I am a COVID-19 “long-hauler,” I have taken advice from others suffering the same issues and changed up my supplement stack.

In this post, I wanted to share with you what I am currently taking and why.

My current supplement stack

Morning-

  • Ginger capsule- 600 mg
  • Vitamin B12- 500mcg
  • Vitamin D3- 2000 IU
  • Vitamin C- 500 mg
  • NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine)- 600 mg
  • Oil of Oregano- 150 mg
  • 10 strain probiotic
  • Pepcid
  • Turmeric “hot toddy”
  • 1 cup of grape juice

Afternoon-

  • Turmeric “hot toddy”
  • Vitamin D3- 2000 IU
  • Oil of Oregano- 150 mg
  • Red raspberry leaf tea (two cups)
  • Green tea ( two cups)

Evening-

  • Ginger capsule- 600 mg
  • Vitamin B12- 500 mcg
  • Vitamin B6- 50 mg
  • Vitamin D3- 2000 IU
  • Vitamin C- 500 mg
  • NAC- 600 mg
  • Oil of Oregano- 150 mg
  • Pepcid
  • CoQ10- 100 mg
  • Red raspberry leaf tea (1-2 cups)
  • Zinc- 46 mg

In addition to supplements above, I also take anti-nausea treatments as needed.

Why I take these supplements

The following is the reasoning behind the supplements I am currently taking:

  • Ginger- This is said to have anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting effects. It also helps with GI distress.
  • Turmeric- This is said to have anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting effects. It also helps with GI distress and
  • Vitamin B12- May help with nerve damage, homocysteine levels, depression and energy production.
  • Vitamin D3- Good for the immune system and our bones.
  • Vitamin C- Good for the immune system.
  • Vitamin B6- Good for the nervous system, nausea and PMS.
  • NAC- May help with lung issues, homocysteine levels, flu symptoms severity and chest pain.
  • Oil of oregano- May serve as an antiviral.
  • Probiotic- Helps the gut and immune system.
  • CoQ10- Helps with heart issues, energy levels and chest pain.
  • Zinc- May help with the immune system.
  • Pepcid- Helps with GERD
  • Red raspberry leaf tea- Good for the immune system, balancing hormones and the easing of sore throats.
  • Green tea- Provides antioxidants, may help the immune system and may lower blood pressure.
  • Grape juice- Prevents stomach viruses.

It may look like a lot

I know many people looking at this may think I take a ton of supplements and I guess it is kind of true. Just know there are people who take way more than this though (like my husband).

I am hoping that these help me and keep me healthier than I would be without them.

Are any of you taking supplements? If so, which ones?

Thanks for reading!

#supplements #health #immunesystem #covidlonghaulers #covid19 #wellness #sick #diet

BIG List of Remedies for an Upset Stomach

BIG List of Remedies for an Upset Stomach

Having an upset stomach is a common thing that happens in life. It can occur for a variety of reasons and is always uncomfortable!

Whatever the reason is, there are a lot of things that can be done about it. This post will provide you with compiled lists of ways to treat an icky stomach.

Teas

There are certain types of teas made from herbs and spices that may help upset stomachs. They are as follows:

  • Belly Comfort tea from Traditional Medicinals
  • Ginger- Comes in tea bags or you can mix with 1 tsp of powdered ginger with 3/4 cup of hot water. Can be mixed with turmeric (1 tsp) and nutmeg (1/2 tsp). This can be drank three times a day.
  • Turmeric- Same as the ginger tea above.
  • Nutmeg- Use 1/2 teaspoon of this in other teas. Three times a day.
  • Cayenne– Use 1 teaspoon of this in other teas (if you can handle it!). Three times a day.
  • Lemon- You can squeeze some lemon juice in hot water. This can be combined with the other things on this list.
  • Chamomile– You can find this in tea bags at most grocery stores. Drink three to five cups a day.
  • Slippery elm– This plant comes in powder which can be mixed into hot water. Great for sore throats too!
  • Peppermint– A classic treatment for upset stomachs. Peppermint tea bags can be found in most grocery stores. You can drink 3-5 cups a day.
  • Fennel- You can make tea with fennel powder or get something like Heather’s Tummy Teas Fennel Tea Bags.
  • Red raspberry leaf– Traditional Medicinals sells this in tea bag form. You can drink three to four cups a day to relieve an upset stomach. It also helps to soothe a sore throat.
  • CBD- This can be made into a tea to drink multiple times a day. Be careful though, if you have too much it may make your stomach worse.

Capsules

Helpful things can be found in capsule forms too! Here are some to consider getting:

  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Chamomile
  • Slippery elm
  • Fennel seed
  • CBD

It takes a longer time for something in a capsule to work because of the way our bodies have to break it down. This is just a warning that this method of intake will result in a longer wait for relief than other methods.

Essential oils

Here are essential oils that are said to help us out specifically with upset stomachs:

  • Nutmeg
  • Chamomile
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Sweet orange
  • Quease Ease– This product is a mix of different essential oils.

You can dilute the essential oils in carrier oils to rub on your skin, diffuse them and/or sniff them straight from the bottle!

Vitamins

The following are vitamins that can help with upset stomachs:

  • Vitamin B6– No more than 100 mg should be taken per day.
  • Magnesium- This is best taken in spray form if fast relief is wanted. Pink Stork brand offers a magnesium morning sickness spray that may work for other types of stomach upsets as well.

Fruit, candy and lozenges

Chock full of B6, B12 and magnesium which can help settle stomachs!

There are things available to eat and suck on that may help with an upset stomach. They are as follows:

  • Peppermint candy
  • Preggie Pop Drops
  • Ginger- Comes in chews and hard candies
  • Upspring Stomach Settle Drops
  • Tummy Drops
  • Lemon candy- Lemonheads are a great choice!
  • Frozen banana- You can cut up bananas and freeze them. When you are not feeling well, you can take them out to suck/nibble on.
  • Lemon slices- Nibbling on some slices of lemon may help a bad stomach.
  • CBD gummies- CBD also comes in gummy form from various brands. Remember that too much CBD may make things worse.

OTC products

Rugby is a great brand.

There are some helpful products you can find in the medicine sections of stores. They are as follows:

  • Nauzene– These products come in a lightly flavored syrup and chewable tablets.
  • Benedryl- This is a kind of anti-histamine that some people say works well for nausea. Be careful with this as it may cause excess drowsiness.
  • Meclizine- This is in the anti-histamine class of drugs but it is marketed towards helping with nausea. It comes in drowsy and non-drowsy forms. There are caplets, patches and chewable pills. The chewables will provide faster relief.
  • Dramamine- This is aimed at helping with motion sickness but it might help with any kind. It comes in drowsy and non-drowsy. There are regular tablets, chewable tablets and syrup.
  • Pepto Bismal- The famous pink stuff! Comes in liquid, chewable and regular caplet form.
  • Unisom- This is marketed as a product that helps you sleep but it also may relieve nausea.

Make sure to check if there are any interactions with these and any medicine you take on a daily basis.

Prescription medication

The following are anti-nausea medications you can get through a doctor’s prescription:

  • Zofran
  • Phenergan
  • Ativan (not as likely to get a prescription for this one)

Other remedies

These little bands are great to have around!

Here are some other things that may help with upset stomachs:

  • Vicks VapoRub– Rub some on your upper lip, wrists, abdomen and feet.
  • Rubbing alcohol- Dab a little on your upper lip.
  • Weed
  • Baking soda- Mix two teaspoons of this in one cup of water to drink.
  • Drink flat pop
  • Sip on ginger beer
  • Nibble on saltine crackers or dry toast.
  • Wear motion sickness bands.
  • Expose yourself to cold temperatures- This can mean going outside if it is pretty cold out, sitting in front of a blasting fan and/or taking a cold shower.

Using multiples of them

One may not be enough.

Multiple of these remedies can be used during the day (or days) that you are sick. Just make sure that they will not interact with any medication you may be taking.

Using multiple may provide for even more relief than if you just used one. Here are some ideas:

  • Taking vitamin B6, Unisom and using a magnesium spray.
  • Mixing anti-nausea syrup with ginger powder.
  • Drinking the teas along with taking Zofran.
  • Wearing motion sickness bands while trying some of the other remedies.

Just try multiple things and you are bound to find at least some relief.

Prevention

Powerful stuff right here!

There are some things that you can take that may prevent bad stomach situations. They are as follows:

  • Grape juice- Drinking one cup a day seems to prevent stomach viruses for whatever reason.
  • Oil of oregano gel caps or liquid drops- Taking these may prevent and stop stomach viruses (and other types of viruses) in their tracks.
  • Digestive enzymes- These are to be taken with food as they help in the digestion process. This is great for those that have upset stomachs frequently after eating.
  • Daily probiotics- These help to keep your gut healthy.
  • Sensible diet- Having a diet that is not full of junk food may help prevent frequent stomach problems.

When to see a doctor

If your stomach problems are not going away at all and/or getting worse, you may need to seek medical care. The idea of going in to see a doctor may be scary right now due to the pandemic but there are tele-health appointment options to at least get the ball rolling on next steps to take.

So there you have it!

There are a lot of things mentioned in this post that can help with a bad stomach. Some of them may already be in your house!

Hopefully one or more of these will help you when you really need it.

Let me know if you have tried anything listed for your upset stomach and how it went!

Thanks for reading!

#nausea #upsetstomach #supplements #essentialoils #teas #medications #herbs #spices #sick

How This Menstrual Cycle Went

How This Menstrual Cycle Went

Pages from my planner/journal

I love to keep track of how my menstrual cycle is going in my planner. This is because I am still trying to figure out my body and see how I can make my cycles easier.

This past cycle is an example of a bad one for me and I wanted to share it!

A reminder of what our hormones do

Our hormones fluctuate in different ways throughout our cycle. Here is a brief overview of what they do in a 28 day cycle and what we may feel because of it:

Days 1-7: On these days, estrogen levels are up. This is when we usually are bleeding if we do get our periods. For some, these days provide relief of symptoms that may have occurred leading up to their bleeding. For others, the uncomfortable feelings continue or get worse.

Days 8-14: This is when estrogen and testosterone are high. Many may feel great at this time-mentally and physically. Those that are really sensitive to hormonal fluctuations may report PMS-type symptoms.

Days 15-22: The first part of this time in our cycles has progesterone levels rising as estrogen and testosterone fall. Estrogen rises up again towards the end. One may have mild PMS pop up from time to time during these days. This is also when more fat is burned.

Days 23-28: Estrogen and progesterone plummet during this time. This is typically when one will have more intense PMS symptoms if they get any at all.

As far as PMS symptoms go, there are said to be 150 different ones. Here is a list of them: https://drlisawatson.com/150-symptoms-of-pms

My recent, 28 day cycle

Days-

1-2. A little bit on the sad side. No real physical symptoms aside from bleeding.

3-9. Happy and motivated. Bleeding ended on day 5.

10. Horrible GI issues including stomach burning/cramping, severe bloating and intense nausea. Also, moody throughout the day.

11. Still felt sick but better than the day before.

12-17. Happy and motivated for the most part.

18. Horrible issues early in the morning- crampy abdomen, pain in ovaries, nausea, bloating, gassiness, irritability, air hunger and increased heart rate.

19. Full on PMS symptoms- headache, fatigue, lightheadedness, nausea early in the morning, air hunger, increased heart rate and moodiness the whole day.

20. Happy, feeling slightly sedated and lightheadedness.

21. Calm and happy.

22. Horrible day- Insomnia, crying spells, bloating, nausea, headaches, post nasal drip and feelings of panic.

23. Feeling off-balanced, neck pain, focused, motivated and itchy.

24. Pink eye, neck pain, itchy, motivated, calm and really hungry in the evening.

25. Itchy, really hungry, sad and groggy.

26. Really hungry, mild body aches, smelling like blood and craving chocolate.

27-28. Feeling cute for whatever reason, forehead zit showed up and had a good amount of energy.

Why did I have so many physical issues?

I can not figure that question out for myself.

I did not change my diet, take new supplements nor did my sleep habits change (in a bad way). Stress was also not a problem during this cycle.

After looking this all over, my thoughts have gone to a possible COVID-19 reinfection despite a negative swab test (they can be wrong) during this cycle. I am unsure of this though.

I have continued to take vitamin B6 each day but I do not think it is helping that much. Also, I had been trying out hemp for nausea but I determined that it was causing stomach pains so I did not use it during the cycle.

All that being said, I have no idea what makes my cycles more severe seemingly every other month. *Shrug*

Health Journaling will happen daily

Although I have not figured out what to do to make my cycles easier on me, I will still write down how I am feeling each day. Hopefully in the near future I will be able to look at my journals and find a clear pattern(s) that will lead to a reduction in symptoms.

Do your menstrual cycles vary in their intensity like mine do? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

#menstrualcycles #periodproblems #pcos #womenshealth #hormones #sick #symptoms #journals

Fertile Window Flu: Yes, It Happens!

Fertile Window Flu: Yes, It Happens!

Feeling sick sucks! Especially when it is every month.

We hear a lot about PMS and the misery it can cause for some women. Less is heard about the hormonal misery that can occur during other parts of our menstrual cycles.

If you find that you feel sick around the time that you ovulate, you are not alone! We shall call this the, “fertile window flu”.

When our fertile windows are

The windows in time in which we may fall pregnant during our cycles, depends on the length of our cycles. This varies in every woman.

They say that our chances of getting pregnant are the highest about five days before and the day of ovulation. Many healthcare experts will throw out day 14 of our cycles as being when many women ovulate. This is based on a 28 day cycle which is considered average.

The shorter your cycle the earlier you ovulate. The longer your cycle, the later you ovulate. This puts us at the possibility of ovulation occurring on days 8-22.

Hormones during our fertile windows

Our hormones do different things at different times during our cycles. When we are in our fertile windows our estrogen and testosterone get higher.

Another hormone called the luteinizing hormone (LH), also gets higher at this time in our cycles. Its surge is what triggers ovulation to happen.

The fertile window flu

The same flu symptoms that can be caused by the hormones leading up to our periods, can happen during our fertile windows.

For women that also deal with PMS, experiencing the fertile window flu can make it feel like they only get a few days of feeling well each cycle. This can be really frustrating to them.

Another unfortunate thing about the fertile window flu is that it can be just as bad or even worse than the PMS symptoms one may experience. The following is a list of symptoms that can comprise the fertile window flu:

  • Chills
  • Brain fog
  • Exhaustion
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Joint pain
  • Body aches
  • Bloating
  • GERD flare-ups
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sore throat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Insomnia
  • Elevated temperature

Sound familiar? It can be just like a real flu. In addition to these flu-like symptoms during the fertile window, women may experience ovulation cramps on top of it. Not cool!

Why the fertile window flu happens

Some women are just incredibly sensitive to hormonal changes which may cause the flu symptoms. Other causes for this happening can include actually being sick, experiencing stress, starting a new diet, changing/starting medication and starting supplements.

What to do if you experience this flu

If a woman deals with the fertile window flu and/or the period flu (let’s use this term to mean PMS here), there are some things they can try to eliminate or reduce the symptoms. They are as follows:

  • Birth control- Going on hormonal birth control may help balance out your hormones so that your body responds to them in a less harsh way.
  • Change up your diet- It could be wise to look at the food you eat and change things up. Some women have reported that they have had easier cycles after cutting out extra sugar and dairy.
  • Have better sleep hygiene- Getting a good amount of sleep (they say 8 hours a night) is important for our bodies. Crappy sleep can mess up our cycles.
  • Stress relief- A lot of stress can affect us physically in negative ways. It is important to practice stress relief techniques if you find it to be a significant problem. These techniques can include meditation, Yoga, listening to nice music and engaging in favorite hobbies.
  • Treat the pain- If you experience pain during these times in your cycle, there are some things you can do for it. These include taking pain relievers, CBD oil, hot packs, warm baths and slathering on Vicks VapoRub.
  • Treating nausea and GERD- There are quite a few OTC products that you can take to ease these types of symptoms. They include ginger (comes in many forms), chamomile tea, red raspberry leaf tea, peppermint (tea, candy, essential oil), vitamin B6, Pepcid and antiemetics (such as Zofran and Meclizine).
  • Treat bloating- Bloating can happen during both the fertile window and PMS. It can be treated by doing certain Yoga moves, drinking peppermint tea, drinking dandelion root tea, taking warm baths and possibly using Gas-X.
  • Treat sore throats- It may seem crazy that our hormones can cause sore throats, but it does happen. To treat a sore throat, you can use the same things that work for when you have an actual flu or cold. This includes sucking on throat drops, drinking hot teas (red raspberry leaf, chamomile, turmeric etc.) and putting Vicks VapoRub on your throat area.
  • Treating the chills- This sensation with or without a fever, is extremely uncomfortable. To deal with them you can rub yourself down with Vicks VapoRub, take Tylenol, drink hot teas, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
  • Treating exhaustion- If you are feeling utterly exhausted, the best thing to do is try to rest as much as possible if you can. Pushing through it may make things worse for you.
  • Treating nasal issues- To treat a stuffed up or a runny nose, there are a few things you can do. These include using a humidifier, saline nose sprays, breathing in peppermint essential oil and staying hydrated.
  • Treating diarrhea- Yes, hormones can cause this yucky symptom. To treat it you have to make sure you stay hydrated and you can also use Imodium (an anti-diarrheal medication). If you are actually sick though, Imodium is not recommended.

These are just some ideas and there are probably even more ways to deal with the hormonal flu.

It is also a great idea to track down the hormonal symptoms you have each day in your cycle along with your moods, diet and exercise. This will help you notice patterns in how you feel and to really see what helps or makes things worse. You can get yourself a nice health journal or just us a notebook.

Other things one can experience during their fertile window

There are other uncomfortable symptoms that some women have to deal with when they are in their fertile windows. They are as follows:

  • Acne and/or oily skin
  • Cravings
  • Worsening of mood
  • Sensitivity to smells
  • Bleeding and irritated gums
  • Excess thirst
  • Itchiness/rashes

My experience with the fertile window flu

Ever since I gave birth, I have dealt with moderate to severe physical symptoms during my fertile window. It has been really tough.

The fertile window issues I deal with include horrible nausea, lightheadedness, gassiness, bloating and painful cramping. Sometimes these occur only two out of the six days and other times it lasts the full six days.

I have been through the gamut of testing which has never led to any answers. It was not until I began to track my cycles more that I realized my issues were hormonally related.

My doctors have prescribed me birth control pills and anti-depressants. The problem is that birth control makes me feel even worse (I have tried several) and I am not interested in taking anti-depressants.

Since there really is nothing else a doctor can do for me, I have taken my health into my own hands. This involves me taking antiemetics, staying hydrated, using hot packs and taking Tylenol (does not always work that great unfortunately).

From now on I will also be drinking red raspberry leaf tea everyday to see if it helps anything.

You are not alone

If you find yourself feeling physically miserable during the mid-point of your cycle, know that there are many other women who feel the same. It is really unfortunate that some of us have to go through this as it can really get in the way of life.

Hopefully, the ideas to help get through the fertile window flu will be of use to anyone that is reading this and has to deal with it.

Thanks for reading!

#periodproblems  #womenshealth  #menstrualcycle  #hormones  #sick  #symptoms  #supplements