August 27, 2020, is my birth date and due to some reasons, I was unable to celebrate my 2019 birthday, so I was feeling a little more excited in 2020. But BOOM, life had its own plans. I am a morning person who wakes up early to help my mom with household chores but the morning of August 14 was not so casual, I was feeling extremely tired and my body was not supporting me.
My mom, who was unaware of my condition, was instructing me for household work and I was trying my best to do that with my full strength but every time I failed. I thought it might be my morning fatigue and I will feel better after taking a bath. We are never prepared for the bad times whereas we should be. Unaware of the fact it might be the symptoms of COVID (as I was the only person in the house who goes least outside), after taking a bath, I went upstairs for some work and when I came down, I started to feel dizzy, unable to speak anything, and finally burst into tears.
My mom kept on asking what happened to me and then I answered, ”I am unable to do any task, my body is not supporting me, and I am feeling helpless” My mom immediately checked my Blood Pressure although I am not a BP patient. Then she checked my temperature and it was 100 (I didn’t realize my body temperature was high because I rarely get a fever).
After noticing all other COVID symptoms like fading sense of taste and smell, I found myself in home quarantine. I was not really scared about my condition but what was disturbing for me was not to be in a condition of doing any task. I am an energetic person who loves unstoppable work. Neither I am sluggish nor I am fond of sleeping and I can’t sit empty as well. So, it was quite difficult for me to pass 15 days of home quarantine as all the routine of a COVID infected person is opposite to my personality.
Other than symptoms of COVID, tiredness, fever, etc, it was very frustrating. One day I ate full silk chocolate aon one go to get the taste of at least 1 piece. It took me exactly 15 days to recover.
August 27, 2020, is my birth date, and on August 29, my mom allowed me to go outside for lunch and a little celebration. Studies said that it takes 3 months to fully recover from a COVID infection. I did notice a decrease in my stamina like there was a slump in my skipping count from 80 to 20 in one set, my cycling duration decreased from 20 minutes to 5 minutes and I needed little breaks after some physical work.
But my mistake was not doing anything to increase my stamina or immunity and letting it on time to regain it. Undoubtedly I did some recovery with time.
According to researchers, a COVID infection creates immunity at least for 6 months and on the 8th of April after 7 months again an unusual morning came and I found myself reinfected with COVID. Symptoms were mild but it took me another 15 days to recover. According to ICMR, reinfection rate is 4.5%.
Again what is disturbing for me is not my condition but the disappointment of getting reinfected. And living those days where I, who Hardly took medicines, are now bound to take 10 tablets in a day. Although symptoms were mild still it affected my body more this time.
After 15 days of recovery also, I faced unbearable headaches, tiredness in the body for at least 3 days a week, and 99 fever sometimes.
The things I learned and suggest you follow:Your journey of covid recovery never ends after 15 days of Quarantine. Rather it begins. You need to take care and build your stamina and immunity against the virus.Reminds me of the quote of Herophilus, “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, strength cannot fight, intelligence cannot be applied, art cannot become manifest, wealth becomes useless.”Neither, I was ready the 1st time when covid infected me ( as I hardly went out of my house those days) nor I was ready 2nd time ( due to my misconception about my physical strength). Hence, Problems never knock on your door, you must be ready.
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