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Things really feel like a blur,…but I’ll do my best.


April 15, 2021 


Feelin’ like a sloth….🦥

I woke up with less of a headache to start, the feeling that a little hedgehog (see the progress? 🦔) was stuck in my throat, and body aches. The weirdest part was that my lungs/chest hurt, but my O2 readings are good.  

I have been staying busy answering questions through texts, emails and messages and having great conversations on the phone. Then, I get tired and just chill. 🥱 I think soaking my feet and doing a charcoal detox mask was a good idea and helped me get some rest. 😴. God has been so good to me in the sleep department, I sleep like a rock! 


April 16, 2021 


I woke up feeling better/different. 😏  It was the first day I actually woke up hungry! 🥳

More coughing and lower oxygen levels, but less body pain. The ‘feverish’ feeling comes and goes, but I never register a fever. Maybe that’s because I have Tylenol on board for the headache. 🤷🏽‍♀️

I did some reading today-🐓 Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia-(I highly recommend it), watched a Hallmark movie💕,  and a Liberty women’s lacrosse game, they won! 🎉 A good “snow” day all in all! 

For those who are still wondering, yes, I still have taste and smell! Praise God! 🙌🏼 

*Tomorrow I’ll try to address the top asked questions that I receive each day. 😉 


April 14, 2021-day 4


Waking up was tough. My head felt like it weighed 100 pounds! 😣


After I sat up for a minute, hubby wanted me to check my O2; it was fine at 96, despite the feeling that I had either worked out my upper body or someone had wrapped me tightly in saran wrap! 🤷🏽‍♀️


One cup of coffee (with collagen) and one shower later with eucalyptus, my O2 is 100 and I feel a little more like myself. By the way, I have heard that losing your taste and smell is no fun, but, so far, I still have both. 🥳 (I keep thinking, “taste and see that The Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him” Psalm 34:8) 


~Midmorning, I took a walk in the backyard and up the driveway, felt a little more winded than yesterday, but doing okay. I visited my ducks and had a nice conversation with my son who’s at college and checking in; FYI-I have great kids! 💕 I did get a wave of light-headedness while we were chatting, but it passed quickly. 


~Afternoon, it was kind of a long afternoon, I just felt heavy. I was fighting a headache and was very focused on taking in as much water with lemon as I could. I normally drink about a gallon a day (Sjogren’s keeps you thirsty 24/7!)  However, with this situation, I’m trying to take in even more to stay hydrated and flush out toxins. I may need to start wearing floaties! 


I did make it back outside! I walked around the property, wrangled a few ducks that had crossed the road, and moved a few cups of soil. It felt good to my soul. ☀️


Then, my little walkabout caught up with me and I snuggled up for a minute. I stared at the sweet flowers my hubby brought me yesterday and then made a plan to be productive during my “feel good” hours tomorrow. Based on the projected weather, I figure tomorrow is a good day for a charcoal mask, listen to a few podcasts, paint my toes,… a little TLC for myself. 💗. You know what they say, “use your time wisely”! Fear not, I will rest when I need it-but for now, I don’t really feel sleepy, just sluggish and heavy. 


The evening started with a lovely dinner made by one of my girlies and while my intention was to read, I could handle a few minutes of Netflix before I decided to turn out the lights. 😴


All in all, it was a good day. My throat didn’t hurt that bad, I barely coughed, got some sun! Guess we’ll see what tomorrow brings!  🤷🏽‍♀️


Keepin’ it real,


Elena ♥️


April 13, 2021 (a journal entry about my first 3 days-all entries will be a day behind real time)


Looking back, I have lots of time to reflect 🙄—on Saturday evening I had a tickle in my throat. But it’s finally spring here in New England, and so time for allergy season to show up. 🌷 No worries, I get a scratchy throat every year and most years, lose my voice. Just another sign that summer is coming! ☀️

I cooked, I was outside soaking up sunshine and working in the garden, tending to my ducks,…happy as a clam! 🤗

Sunday, I was at church, socially distanced and masked, I excused myself to try to clear my throat and not freak people out, after that, I was fine. I spent the day doing the same things as I had done the day before (feeling fine) along with preparing to travel to see one of my daughters at college and to see my daughter, son-in-law and sweet granddaughter. 🥰


Monday morning I woke up with a terrible sore throat (imagine having a porcupine in your throat) and headache, like a HEAD.ACHE!  🦔 I texted my employers just to be fair and let them know. We decided that I wouldn’t go to work as a precaution and I would go get tested as an extra precaution. (I had never been COVID tested before and had been taking every precaution possible for the last year, so I TOTALLY expected a negative result!  Did I mention that I am fully vaccinated?!) 😏

I felt “schlumpy” all day (yes, that is a word-my word), a little nauseous after I ate, and had chills,….but it was a clear cold day, so I didn’t want to overreact. I took a nap, which I honestly can’t even remember the last time I did that, and just chilled out all day. 

Tuesday-early morning, I got the dreaded call. “Mrs. Marshall, you have COVID”.  😳

So here I sit, typing. Typing for now, laying down when my head starts pounding, closing my eyes as the waves of nausea come through, staring out the window at the sunshine, and answering texts and calls from my doctors, friends and my own kiddos in the other room. (and contemplating painting my room over the next 10 days…..cuz hey, why not?!—I guess I’d have to have the energy for that huh…☹️)

One of my doctors is sending me an oxygen monitor to make sure I don’t go into distress. Two of my doctors say my lupus, sjogren’s syndrome and other autoimmune issues should affect this. They all say, “this is interesting”.  I guess it is interesting, but most of all, it is frustrating. 🤦🏽‍♀️

My conclusion: “I can do all of the ‘right’ things and even still, things can turn out exactly opposite.”  Why? I’ll tell you why. Because we live in a fallen world. Because life isn’t fair. Because this isn’t heaven. ‼️

My solution: “Do what I can do and always try to do the next right thing. Let God be God and remember that He is in control of everything, and everything He allows is with purpose.” 💗

That’s what faith is right? Besides, now I can share this with YOU, and I’m glad I can; maybe this will help someone else. 😉

So, if you’d like to follow my journey of faith through my isolation, I’d love to have you join me. If you’d like to avoid it or unfollow me, feel free. Either way, I pray that you will always try to do the next right thing and that you will be blessed with good health! 

For me, I’m happy I was able to open my window and get fresh air and feel some sunshine. ☀️


Keepin’ it real,

Elena ❤️


I have COVID. 😣

I am fully vaccinated. ‼️

I feel angry, jipped, sad, and sick. 🤢

But, I also have choices.

I can choose to focus on my feelings of anger and sadness OR I can choose to focus on all of the blessings in my life and continue to do all I can to get better while protecting my family and friends. 🙌🏼

That is what I will do. ‼️

Want to follow my journey with me?

I am inviting you into my life to do so.

BUT- 🤨

There will be NO negativity welcomed here. ‼️

There will be NO political opinions or debates here. ‼️

If you break the above two rules, your comments will be removed, you might be blocked, OR I will just shut off comments. 😒

My goal here is to educate. My goal is to share my experience with you so that others can learn along with me. 🤓

That’s it.

I will probably post a few times each day here and in my stories (when I’m not napping) throughout my isolation (10 days). I will try to address questions as timely as possible-if I miss one, please feel free to ask again after a full 24 hours.

**Please still mask up! There is no need to panic or overreact, just be aware and be proactive.

….more to come

Keepin’ it real,

Elena ❤️

About Me

Hello, I am Elena Marshall! My goal is to teach you, my family, or anyone that will listen, about all of the wonderful, real, WHOLE foods God has created to nourish and protect our bodies.


  1. I have been praying for you daily, You are an amazing woman and patient for people like me. I am glad you are starting to feel better, I had my 2nd shot today and now know that it does not completely protect and that is good to know and thank you for sharing your story.

  2. Sloths are cute, so are you. I hope you feel the I’m sending. A friend’s daughter went through Covid after being fully vaccinated and being diligent about All the precautions.
    Yes, you are so blessed with an amazing family. Let them hold you up, you’ve been their supporter forever.♥️
    Hang in there Dear. Sending love and healing energy.
    🦔 ♥️🍀 X, Lori

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