My 1 Year COVID-19 Anniversary

My 1 Year COVID-19 Anniversary

My first year of COVID has now officially wrapped up. Unfortunately it has not stopped though as I am moving swiftly into my second year.

This post is all about how I am doing with my post-COVID “long-hauling.”

Brief history of my COVID-19 journey

It was March 3rd, 2020 when I first started showing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. It began with chills and mild teeth aches. The next morning I woke up with a blocked nose, fatigue, mild body aches, lightheadedness, upset stomach and no appetite whatsoever.

It felt like the milder version of the influenza that I had gotten in 2019 where I literally thought I was going to die. I will never go without the influenza shot again!

I “recovered” from COVID-19 after about 10 days. It wasn’t until 1.5 weeks later where I started to exhibit some of the symptoms that are common to a lot of people after they have gone through COVID-19. The symptoms were skin, heart, mental, appetite, respiratory, ear/nose/throat and neurologically related.

These symptoms were things I experienced everyday for a long time until eventually they became less constant.

Where I am at now

For the past couple of months, I have been feeling really good for the most part. I still get a couple of the post-COVID symptoms (air hunger, numb/tingly foot and congestion) that pop up every now and again but I am still able to function very well.

At the time of typing this post, I have received my second dose of the Moderna vaccine. My arm is less sore this time (yay!) and I did have some flu-ish type feelings from it but I am still excited that I may be protected from a bad reinfection.

As far as supplement intake goes, I still do not know if they have helped me or if it has been just time that caused my healing. I did drop and add a couple things since my post about my supplement stack. Here is what I am currently taking:

  1. Colostrum liquid– This is may help the immune system. I take 1 tsp a day.
  2. Probiotics- For my immune system and gut.
  3. Zinc- For immune system. 50 mg per day.
  4. NAC- For lung function and PCOS. 1200 mg per day.
  5. Vitamin D3- For immune system. 6,000 IUs a day.
  6. Vitamin C- For immune system and antioxidant support. 1000 mg a day.
  7. Vitamin B12- For any nerve issues I may have. 1,000 mcg.
  8. Vitamin B6 with calcium- For PMS issues. 50 mg of B6/135 mg of calcium.
  9. Ginger- For digestion and immune system. 1,100 mg per day.
  10. Turmeric- For the anti-inflammatory benefits. Three tsps a day.
  11. Pepcid- This is for the bad GERD I get at night and it may have helped my chest aches. I will have to cycle off of it though because you are not supposed to take it long term apparently. I have been taking 40 mg a day.
  12. Kid’s Claritin- I just started taking this and it seems to help when I have congestion. I take 5 ml.
  13. Green tea- For the antioxidants and possible COVID-19 fighting benefits. I drink two to three cups a day.

Supplements I dropped:

  1. Oil of oregano- This didn’t seem necessary to me and my new bottle came rancid so I just never ordered anymore.
  2. CoQ10- I ran out of it and I just do not think it was doing anything for me.

What I may consider taking when I have more money: Beta Glucan. This is said to be wonderful for one’s immune system which I will need help with whenever I can start my home daycare back up!

My hopes going forward

I do have some specific hopes for me as well as the world in regards to COVID-19. They are as follows:

  1. I hope to get better and feel even closer to 100% normal by the end of 2021.
  2. I hope that I can feel better about going into public in the summer.
  3. I hope that I can feel better about my starting my home daycare business back up. I am not feeling good about it yet.
  4. I hope that anyone who wants the vaccine will get access to them as soon as possible.
  5. I hope that effective treatments for the virus are found so that people are kept out of the hospital and do not become Long-haulers.

Things could be much worse

I am lucky that I am able to function well as many people in the post-COVID support groups have a lot more health issues from their infections. It still really sucks that I have had to deal with these symptoms for one year though.

Right now, I will continue to take things one day at a time and try to remain optimistic that things will get better eventually.

Thanks for reading!

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I Got My First Vaccine Shot and Here Is How It Went!

I Got My First Vaccine Shot and Here Is How It Went!

I did a post recently about whether I was going to get the COVID-19 vaccine or not. If you did not read that, the answer was that I would indeed be getting the shot.

I got an email a few days ago, saying that I was able to register to get a vaccine due to me being a licensed daycare provider. The kicker was that I could only get it the very next day if I wanted it. I was apprehensive but I decided to sign up anyways.

In this post, I wanted to talk about how getting it went! Read on if interested.

The vaccine I got signed up to get

As you probably know, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the ones available in the United States. I had been wanting the Moderna shot due my husband’s and other people’s experiences with it.

Low and behold, Moderna was the one they were offering me! I was really excited about that and felt like my dreams had been answered (corny, I know).

Getting the vaccine

Even though I had been excited the day before, I became really scared the hour before my appointment. This was due to me thinking about people who have had horrible reactions to the vaccines and people who have allegedly died from them.

I ended up having a horrible panic attack which involved screaming and crying while outside of the vaccination place. This made me end up almost missing the appointment but a staff member called me from inside the building and said that there was still time to get it.

I took a deep breath and went up to the building. The masked staff let me in and that was that. I was going to commit to getting the shot.

There was only three other people in the building which was nice. I was still very jittery from my panic attack though.

I got the shot and sat in another room for 15 minutes for observation. I then departed the building out into the freezing cold.

After getting the vaccine

Right after I got in the car, I started shivering uncontrollably. I thought I was having a bad reaction to the vaccine but my husband said that it was probably just because I was cold and still dealing with panicked feelings.

The shivering stopped and I was fine again. I did not experience any pain in my arm for the rest of the night but I knew that I would eventually.

Indeed I did.

The next morning, I had quite the sore arm. So much so that I had a hard time raising it and would not be able to workout that evening. It was not too horrible to the point of where I could not do anything however.

I also developed some intermittent aches in my left leg. I do not know if the vaccine or PMS caused it but it was slightly annoying. Tylenol eased the discomfort in both my leg and arm, thankfully.

My current state

As I sit here typing this (50 hours since getting the shot), I am able to raise my arm all the way up without wincing in pain. Success!

The pain in my left leg has mostly gone away which is great. I was also able to exercise about an hour before doing this post.

In conclusion

This first shot has not been bad at all. I am worried about the second one because I have heard that is when it really hits you.

I just wanted to post this to have another account of a Moderna experience out there on the internet for others to see.

Thanks for reading!

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