So folks in the community know, I had Covid-19, recovered, and tested positive for antibodies. I couldn't get tested while sick due to the ongoing lack of testing in the United States. My case was better than it could have been: One friend, a triathlete in his late 30s, was in the hospital for 27 days and needed surgery to drain his lungs. My 40 year old neighbor was rushed to the hospital with a collapsed lung and needed two surgeries weekend before last.
I was finally able to get an antibody test a couple weeks after most symptoms subsided by paying out of pocket. I tested positive and am scheduled to donate convalescent plasma in about a week and a half. Even after recovering, the exhaustion, mental fog, and loss of sense of smell/taste hung around for another month. I'm finally starting to feel normal now even though I still can't fully smell.
I've been keeping up with PortableApps.com work while sick and while recovering, though I waited on a couple of the more complex things until my brain was closer to 100%. Things like the Thunderbird/SeaMonkey launcher fixes to enable full portability of newer extensions, a Notepad++ fix to better handle extension restarts, and some platform work. I'll be devoting a bit more time to it starting this weekend, especially after my main financial services client went out of business due to Covid-19. I'll be sorting work/money stuff as time goes on.
Please stay well, stay safe, help those around you that need it. I'll include my Facebook post on the experience here for those who are curious, too.
Facebook Post About Recovering
We've recovered. (knock on wood)
We've been self-isolating for the past 14 days due to COVID-19-like symptoms. Low grade fever, dry cough, fatigue, aches and pains, loss of sense of smell and taste, etc. I also had chest pain and shortness of breath for which I got Zithromax/Azithromycin via a Tele-medicine appointment and a friend picked up and left at our doorstep. The shortness of breath felt a bit better hours after taking Zithromax likely due to its anti-inflammatory effects. The symptoms came and went in waves, so it was difficult to tell when you were getting better or worse. Since folks have asked, Abby is far enough out of chemo that she is not immunocompromised and my kidney donation does not generally impact illnesses like this.
Neither of us was able to get tested as there is still a severe lack of testing supplies. We finished self-isolating as per the current CDC guidelines of at least 7 days since the onset of symptoms, at least 72 hours after the end of fevers without fever-reducing medication, and all other symptoms gone or significantly improved.
It was stressful and scary, but we're thankful it wasn't much worse, given how some folks the same age and health as us are faring. A NYC friend our age is currently in the ICU and had surgery to improve his breathing yesterday.
The best advice I have is, if you start getting sick, immediately start to rest and take it easy. Hydrate as much as possible. A hydration tracking app is helpful there. Make sure you're getting all the sleep you need. And try to keep eating enough even if you lose your appetite a bit. To prep beforehand, check with your insurance website online and set up a tele-medicine account with whoever they have partnered with. If your insurance does not have it or you are uninsured, Mount Sinai NOW has video urgent care for $25 per visit: https://www.mountsinai.org/care/mount-sinai-now
We're both volunteering for the Mt Sinai convalescence plasma program. We'll hopefully be tested for COVID-19 antibodies and then donate blood to help other patients: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10163425335180416&id=775425415
Please stay safe and stay healthy.
Love to all.