I shared this on my personal facebook page, and it brought about so many comments with good suggestions for battling the symptoms. I wanted to bring up the conversation here on the blog because I’m interested in your perspective too.
One of the most interesting things was that by bringing it up, I found out a lot of my friends have been or are currently going through the same thing. Hopefully these problems will resolve themselves any day and testing will become more available. 🤞
Please don’t read anything political into this and I’m not dispersing any medical advice, I’m just sharing what’s going on at my house. This was the post I shared last night…
As of April 20th in the Johanson household:
Izzy started with a fever on Tuesday night. She has a cough and it hurts to breathe. She also has body aches and a constant nagging headache. We did an e-visit and a screening for a test, but she didn’t qualify.
I’m also sick, similar to Izzy. Other family members feel blah and headachy, but no other symptoms.
I’m frustrated that we can’t get a test for Izzy. When my in-laws were both sick in Vegas, they would only test my father-in-law after he was admitted to the hospital. My mother-in-law could never get a test, though because my father-in-law tested positive, we can deduce that’s what she had too.
All I’m saying is the stats don’t mean anything yet and I believe this thing has already spread more than we comprehend. I can’t say it’s what we have here, but I can tell you Izzy has never needed an inhaler before this week when she’s had colds and flus in the past. I’ve never felt this way either. Izzy and I are the only ones in this house that are immune-compromised, so it’s logical to think that IF this is it, then we’d be the ones with symptoms while others may present a-systematically.
I think you have to be ready to be admitted to the hospital or a celebrity to get a test for the virus. We can’t be the only ones suffering at home wondering what we’re dealing with.
Here are some things that came up in my comment discussions with my friends and family on my personal post.
Just so you know, I feel like we’ve been as cautious as anyone. I’ve been the only one to go to the store for groceries, I was very careful and I wore a mask. I re-applied hand sanitizer several times during every shopping trip. We even wiped down groceries.
We are following the sage advice of family and friends. We are trying to stay as up and moving as much as we possibly can before needing to rest, we do breathing exercises, we take extra vitamin c and d, and some other homeopathic things.
I AM NOT AFRAID FOR OUR LIVES. I think we will pull through this. I know other people are getting more extreme symptoms, like my in-laws. It’s been one week of symptoms, and it hasn’t escalated yet, just stayed pretty much the same. We’re taking it day-by-day, but we feel peace that it will all be okay.
We are joking and keeping things light when we can. Matt still makes Izzy do the dishes if she isn’t actively coughing and she doesn’t have a high fever at the moment. (He’s mean cop and I’m nice cop if anyone ever wondered. Except about bedtime, then we reverse rolls. 😂)
Yes, we are strictly quarantined right now.
I am extremely grateful for the overwhelming number of friends and family who have given offers of help and support. We will get through this and then we will be ready to turn around and help our friends and family as others go through this. I think this is the new normal for a while.
*I did find out there is a drive-thru testing center nearby that just barely changed qualifications to get tested. Izzy’s fever has been low grade the last few days, which makes her still not qualify (by .3 degrees), but if that fever spikes again then we will drive her right over.
So, that’s what’s going on over here.
How is your family doing?