I want to start this blog post off with a few disclaimers. 1. This is a wildly controversial topic to be writing about, I know that. I also know that not every person reading this is going to agree with some of the things I’m going to be writing about. That’s fine! I just ask that if you are wanting to have a further conversation, please send me a message and I’m willing to hear your opinion and have a RESPECTFUL conversation.
2. I am NOT a medical professional, nor am I trying to be one. This is based on my personal experience with the virus and the research I have done and feel comfortable with on my healing journey.
From the start, I have only ever wanted my blog to reflect Jesus through my writing and to help others on their health journey. I haven’t done that perfectly, but trust me when I say I am praying and thinking through absolutely every single word I’m writing in this post. I know there are SO many differing opinions when it comes to this topic, but I would like to believe we can at least have an open mind when reading the opposing opinion or belief. I believe in making informed decisions for yourself and your body! I have read this quote a lot over these past few months: “no one cares more about your health than you”. You are and should be your biggest advocate for your health. I want to make it clear that my heart behind this post is not to get into a vaxxed and un-vaxxed debate. While I will be sharing a little bit on that, I’m posting this as a resource for others who might want to take a more natural/holistic approach in their healing from covid-19. That truly is my only motive. My hope as I write this and press publish that it will serve as just that.
This virus is a beast, and it is something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. I was expecting to get it at some point, but what I wasn’t expecting was that I was going to get it so badly. (while “badly” might be up for interpretation) this is the sickest I have ever been. Covid-19 manifests so differently in different bodies. I consider myself a fairly healthy individual and I experienced almost every single symptom with no improvement for 6 days. It was horrible.
I’m going to get this part over with before I dive into my symptoms and the protocol I followed to heal. The looming question everyone thinks when they hear you have covid… are you vaccinated? My answer is: No, I’m not. The next question is... do you regret not getting vaccinated after getting so sick? My answer is: No, I don’t. That is my honest answer. Covid SUCKS, but I feel comfortable and confident in my decision to not be vaccinated. I trust my body and I have now gained natural immunity to this strain of the virus. Is there a possibility I could get it again?... Yes. But that is a possibility for everyone. You can still contract and transmit this virus whether you are vaccinated or not. Until you as an individual get this virus, you truly don’t know how your body is going to respond to it. This virus is rapidly mutating, and even if I did make the decision to be vaccinated against covid, who's to say that the vaccine I get covers every strain? (I wrote this part of the blog back when I was at the tail end of covid… I guess we now know that the vaccine doesn’t prevent you from getting the new strain). I totally respect if you have made the informed decision to get vaccinated against this virus for your health and your body, I just ask that you do the same for me as you read this. Everyone has their own reasons as to why they have made the decision to do it or not do it. It is an individual's choice, it’s not something I take lightly, nor do I want to feel pressure or be forced into doing. Getting vaccinated is a medical choice and it affects no one, but yourself. It’s totally fine if you disagree with that, but at the end of the day while I really am trying to be respectful as I write about such a controversial topic, this is my blog and I am freely allowed to share my opinion.
Now onto my symptoms. I’m going to be as descriptive as possible, because like I wrote in my first few paragraphs, this is meant to be a resource to help you.
My first day of symptoms started off extremely mild. It was that weird thought pattern of am I getting sick or just sleep deprived and adjusting to the weather change? I was at work (someone had tested positive a week before my symptoms started manifesting) I had a slight headache, felt tired, had a mild sore throat (I grew up getting constant tonsillitis, that's why I call it mild. It’s like it was there, but it wasn’t) and I had a mild cough… it was barely there. While my sore throat and cough didn’t progress throughout the day, my headache did. This was one of the worst symptoms I experienced throughout the duration of having covid.
I went home and truly thought I was just tired. Usually if I am getting sick, my symptoms progress pretty quickly and I know by the end of the day if I’m in for a rough time. My cough and sore throat stayed the same, so I thought I was in the clear. Gideon and I made some chili for dinner. I took a high dose of elderberry tincture, garlic oil and oregano oil.
I woke up the next day with the WORST headache. My head has truly never been in that much pain in my life. This pain in my head lasted 6 days straight. I can’t even begin to explain it. I was also wildly nauseous, throwing up, had full body chills and body aches all day. I still had a tiny sore throat and a cough at this point too. Gideon didn’t think it was covid because my symptoms seemed more like a stomach bug, rather than a flu. This day was horrible. I was SO sick and couldn’t move from the couch, only to throw up. We booked a covid test for the next day just in case. At that point I was just praying I would be able to move without everything hurting or feeling nauseous.
Covid test day! The nausea had stopped and I wasn’t throwing up, but my head was just pounding and I was experiencing a sharp pain all over my head. It felt like this virus was literally embedded into my brain. I had no energy, my body was still aching and I was starting to get a little congested. I went straight back to the couch after my test. It was an effort to even have my head lifted.
I woke up the next day feeling the same as the previous day, except I was REALLY congested. I wasn’t improving at all and I still had the same pounding headache and body aches. I did take ibuprofen 3 times throughout the duration of my sickness. It didn’t give me any relief.
I woke up the next morning with a positive test result. I knew that because I wasn’t improving and continued to experience more symptoms, I was going to be positive for covid. That same morning I lost my taste and smell. I was still really congested, still had that horrific headache and still had body aches. I had no energy. Moving from the couch to the kitchen (if you've been to my home, you know that’s not far) was an effort. I remember I tried to water a plant because I felt bad they were dying and I couldn’t do it. I was so out of breath and had to go straight to sleep because I exhausted myself.
The next day wasn’t much better. I wasn’t improving, if anything I was feeling worse. These days honestly just feel like a blur because of how sick I was. All I did was sleep and watch Jane the virgin, but even that felt like an effort. When I say I had no energy, I really had no energy. Sitting up was an effort and my body just felt heavy. I couldn't hold my head up on my own because I didn’t have the strength. Gideon had to prop it up with pillows. We wanted me upright to help with my congestion and my breathing. It sounds really strange, but I kept complaining to Gideon that my organs felt swollen on this day too. I also started my full protocol on this day!
This was an extremely pivotal day in the sense that it was now day 6 and I still wasn’t improving. I was just as sick as the day before and there didn’t seem to be an end in sight. It was at this point where I was ready to call a doctor and get some medical intervention. At the very end of this day I was really struggling with my energy and my breathing. Gideon called his mum to get an idea of the trajectory of this virus. My in-laws got it bad this time last year and he wanted to know if it was normal to see no improvement at this point. We made the decision to try to get me some good sleep and call a doctor in the morning if I wasn’t any better.
This sounds really stupid, but I was genuinely scared something was going to happening in my sleep because of my breathing. Gideon continued to check on me during the night and we had the diffuser going to help.
While I was sleeping I felt like I was lucid dreaming. I was dreaming about taking the vitamins + supplements and I saw them move through my body and push some of the virus out. It was a very strange experience, even stranger because the next morning I woke up with a little bit of improvement. For the first day in 6 days, my head was still aching, but I didn't feel like my brain was being attacked and I was able to sit up without my head needing to be propped by pillows because I could hold it up on my own. These wins were so small, but they were wins! We made the decision to continue with my protocol and not call a doctor because I showed some improvement. While I am really happy I didn’t have to see a doctor and by the grace of God I started to show signs of improvement, there is absolutely nothing wrong with needing medication to get through this. Coronavirus is no joke and you need to do whatever helps you fight this virus.
The next day I continued to make small improvements again. I pushed it though. I tried to walk down my stairs and back to the lounge, but found myself out of breath. Like, it took every ounce of energy I had in my body and I had to recover from walking. It is a really weird feeling being young and struggling to do simple tasks like walk down stairs.
Onto the protocol. But first! I give my healing to Jesus. I was covered in prayer throughout this whole sickness. God does heal and I saw a freaking miracle on day 6. I know that He was holding me up that whole time. I want to thank every single person who prayed for me! I felt so loved + supported. Knowing that I had people praying all across the world and from my sweet Husband in our living room, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. Prayer is powerful, SO, so powerful.
While I do want this to be a resource for you, I have chosen only to list the vitamins, supplements and oils I used for my recovery. These are all things I have researched and felt comfortable taking. I encourage you to look further into each of these if you want to use them on your healing journey too. These things did wonders in my recovery from covid.
**This is NOT medical advice**
I followed a protocol from a natural health center here in Lincoln. I am going to list each product below + some extra ways I supported my body during this time.
Homeopathic remedy. This was made at the health center. If anyone is local and wants more info on how to get it, just reach out.
Zinc & quercetin
High dose vitamin C (not ascorbic acid)
I also did regular lymph massages with cypress + grapefruit oil
I took lots of baths with Eucalyptus
I regularly used the protect oil blend from revive in our diffuser and on the soles of my feet
I used peppermint oil on my temples and on my scalp to try help ease the head tension
I used a eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint blend on my chest and in homemade steams
(all oils were diluted with carrier oil)
I didn’t end up getting chiropractic care during my sickness, but that is something I wish I had of done immediately after my quarantine period
Along with that I had lots of orange juice, homemade bone broth, soups and snack plates.
It’s been almost 2 months since I had the virus and I am feeling really good. My taste + smell aren’t back to normal, but it’s better than nothing at all. My digestion was off for about a month after and I have noticed my last two periods have been heavier than usual. I’m feeling SO thankful to be on the other side of this virus and doubly thankful for the antibodies. I know that if I get covid again, it’s not going to be as bad as what I experienced. That was my covid experience and again, this is the protocol that worked for me and for my body. I hope this has been helpful for you and can be something you refer to if you end up contracting the virus.
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