What Having Covid Is Like

As this is my first time having Covid, I wanted to document it so that people can have an understanding of how having covid feels. Clearly many people have experienced it in lots of different ways and I do not represent everyone but this is my personal reflection on the last few days.

How did I know I had Covid?

That sounds like a weird thing to say but it happens to be the case that lateral flow tests are less readily available than before. My work requires me to test every Wednesday and Sunday and I still had a set of the free tests left last week.

Despite testing negative on Wednesday, I woke up at 4am on Friday with a feeling of razor blades in my throat. As the morning progressed, I realised that this agonising sore throat was not defeated by paracetamol and my head began to ache. So I took another test and discovered a clear red line outlining my positive status.

Was I vaccinated?

I had my vaccines in April and June, followed by a booster jab in December. When having these vaccines I didn’t really suffer apart from a headache the first time and the same having the booster.

Can having Covid affect your sleep?

Whilst having Covid has been a lot less extreme than it would no doubt have been if I hadn’t had a vaccine, it has still been quite painful. The one thing that has really upset me is my sleep routine being disrupted. From the moment I woke with that scratchy throat, my sleep pattern has been completely overhauled.

The combination of muscle aches, blocked (and often runny) nose, sore throat and a weird cough has made it incredibly difficult to sleep soundly. I wonder if any of you have had the same or similar experience. For me, the lack of sleep has been by far the worst aspect of suffering from covid.

Is having covid like a cold?

Well for me there are some similarities. The runny nose for instance and bouts of sneezing. However, the sore throat that I have had for the past five days has been constant and hard to numb. Similarly, my cough has been quite harsh, causing my intercostal muscles to ache from the force involved in each dramatic cough.

Another thing I have noticed is that when I move about for a while, as I breathe faster my breaths are fairly shallow. It is like there is a tight rubber band around the very top of my lungs and when I need to inhale deeply it won’t let me.

Which day of having covid is the worst?

That is a tricky one and right now I still have all of the symptoms but I can say that the sore throat has finally eased a bit. On reflection the worst of the symptoms didn’t start until the third day of the infection. When the cough set in, I became extremely tired and achy. Even today, I fell asleep unexpectedly while in the middle of writing this post.

Having Covid has changed me.

I admit I was worried about Covid initially but lately I had begun to relax about it and assumed for a fully vaccinated person it would be just like a mild cold. I was so wrong! It has definitely knocked the wind out of my sails. Having Covid feels like a really annoying flu which makes you sleepless and uncomfortable and sweaty.

Please consider having the Covid vaccination if you haven’t already. For more detailed information about Covid please refer to the UK Covid guidance website. Thank you for reading about my experience of what it really feels like to have Covid.

Covid – Let’s Use Common Sense – Poem

New Year, same story.

Covid news looking gory.

Staff off sick, workers few,

Causing problems. Who knew?!

UK government going slow,

They need to act, or it will grow,

Beyond the reach of reason,

Ending with a dismal season.

We are knackered, so worn out,

We don’t need another bout.

So government use some reasoned caution,

Or we will all cave in from exhaustion.

Sorry to be blunt with this one but it is how I feel right now. For another of my poems click here.

Ten Ways To Unwind

As Blogtober reaches the end, I wanted to write about making time for yourself to unwind. The past few weeks have been hectic and full of challenges for most of us and we need to remember to set aside time to chill out a bit. So this article is brief and to the point.

Here goes with some easy ideas:

1) Listen to a podcast. Try a new one or catch up on one of your favourites.

2) Have a foot bath. Even if it is just a kitchen bowl full of hot water and suds, take some time to soothe those aching feet.

3) Read a book. Catch up on that reading list by setting aside a quiet time to breeze through some scintillating chapters.

4) Take a walk around a local lake. I do this all the time as near me we have several small lakes which are brilliant locations for friendly walks with people I haven’t had a good natter with recently.

5) Have a movie afternoon. Close the curtains and turn on a classic film. Make sure you have some microwave popcorn on hand.

6) Go for a bike ride. Nothing beats a brisk cycle ride when it comes to clearing out your mind.

A walk by the lake is refreshing.

7) Have an afternoon nap. Play some quiet music or perhaps use a relaxing app such as ‘Calm’ (which I use often as a way of encouraging shut-eye).

8) Draw or write something. I like to write a short story or poem now and again. Others prefer to do some still life drawing.

9) Binge watch a TV series. Can you make it through six episodes in a day?

10) Bake something. Time in the kitchen can be time well spent, especially if cakes result from it.

I hope these suggestions give you some ideas of how to slow down and make some time for yourself. If you enjoyed this post, please consider following my blog. Here is an example of one of my poems.