I’m back with “the rest of the story”….. Let’s recap shall we?
I was fully vaccinated as of February 24. ✔️
In April, after feeling a tickle in my throat, waking up with a terrible HEADACHE and sore throat (like a porcupine was stuck in it) and,….since one of our daughters was just finishing a quarantine from a direct exposure; I decided to get tested and have her tested again to be ‘extra sure’ she was good to go to school and I was good to go to work.*she felt fine*
I, on the other hand, felt body aches, chills, and slept on the couch for a good nap in the afternoon under a blanket. (not my usual routine!) I woke up feeling ‘schlumpy’. 🤦🏽♀️
We received our test results.
Our daughter was negative and I was positive for COVID. ⁉️‼️ After spending 10 days in total isolation; that means just me in a room with a bathroom, meals and drinks delivered to my door, me sneaking out the back door for a few minutes to get a little fresh air and sunshine, and NO hugs …. At. all. 😭 (Depending how well you know me, you’ll know that no hugs was the worst part. I am a hugger through and through!)
I am now fully recovered. The “symptoms” I still feel are what I believe are my autoimmune issues (AI). What AI issues do I have? You might want to sit down for this.
The AI issues I currently manage are: psoriasis, fibromyalgia, lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome, goiters on my thyroid, celiac disease, and arthritis. 😵💫 So you can see why everything could be muddled and potentially something people just don’t know how to deal with yet. That’s okay, I’m willing to help my doctors learn so that they can help the next guy (or gal) who comes along like me. Remember, doctors are doctors, not God. They can’t know everything.
Interestingly, ALL of my labs say I’m in a good place with my AI issues and so technically, I shouldn’t be feeling tired and achy like I am. 😔 So, this now begs the question: Did COVID send me into an autoimmune flare? I guess we’ll never know, but honestly, it doesn’t really matter to me at this point. What matters is that I am doing all I can to protect and care for my body knowing all of the AI issues I deal with on a daily basis.
What’s a girl to do?
Well, this girl made a decision. I made the decision to continue using my education as a Holistic Health Coach and my very inquisitive mind AND take my own advice. I mean, even health coaches need coaching and encouragement too, right? I sought solutions using whole food and supplements and I have made strides, good strides. 🙌🏼
However, the struggle isn’t over yet, and it is real, VERY real. But I have many more good days than bad, I make sure to stay even more hydrated than I had before I became sick, and I try very hard to say “no” to things to make sure I’m getting the rest I need and don’t over do it; advice I probably should have taken for myself long ago!
So for now, I will continue to study and research, I will continue to test recipes and tweak them, and I will continue to do my best to share whatever I learn so that you too can be informed. 😉
Keepin’ it real,