Recovering From COVID-19: My Story

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Pandemic. It’s a word that is so ingrained into my vocabulary at this point. It’s something that we’re still dealing with, even if it’s not such a trendy media topic anymore. And we’ve been
dealing with Covid for several years now and everyone is tired of it to an extent. But that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down and even if you wear your mask and are vaccinated (Like I
have) you can still get sick and get Covid-19. In this blog post, I’ll be detailing getting sick with Covid-19 and my recovery from it.

My personal experience with getting sick starts with symptoms that mirrored the common cold or flu. When I started to showcase those symptoms I took a Covid-19 testing kit and confirm that it wasn’t a cold. I contacted my Doctor’s Office and they told me to isolate myself and let them know if things got worse on my end. Initially, it felt like a minor cold but that progressively
changed throughout the weeks I had it.

My Covid experience came in “waves.” The first wave was a fever and chills. I felt horrible, and I couldn’t do much other than take medication to address those symptoms, rest, and drink lots of fluids. After a few days like this, I started to feel better but little did a know the 2nd wave was on its way. The worst fever and chills subsided but I was then greeted with a persistent cough and breathing troubles. As someone with Asthma, it was quite severe and I had to utilize two different types of inhalers to address those breathing difficulties. When I had a cold or flu in the past, they never really impacted my breathing in this way. I always felt out of breath when I had Covid. However, under the guidance of my Doctor, I recovered from this “wave” as well.

Finally, after dealing with the fever and cough for the most part, I’m feeling okay. Currently, I’m dealing with fatigue and what I can only call “Brain fog” currently. I was told since I was fighting off such an intense virus that it may take some time for my body to fully recover. The thing about Covid-19 is that you can do all the right things and still get infected with the virus.
However, the key to less debilitating symptoms that I dealt with was having all of my vaccines beforehand. As someone with Asthma, I’m really glad I took things seriously and got all of my
vaccines to stave off something even worse. I’m alright, and I will continue to mask when I go out for my safety. I do wish everyone good health and to still be cautious because like myself you can do everything right and still get sick.


Ziggy is a Certified Peer Specialist in PA and currently resides in Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Let’s Act committee, a group of peers devoted to raising awareness about mental health care. In his downtime, he enjoys reading novels and watching nature documentaries.

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