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So I am branching off of a post I made several days ago in the Concern poll thread to follow a related topic.

So, Covid-19 is a respiratory pathogen and illness that impacts every person the same (lungs & respiration) but to degrees very differently (creating problems in other bodily systems).

My wife and I became infected within days of each other. I am grateful to be able to say that her experience with this was minor. Except for a bit of fatigue and an extra nap, she is symptom-free and back to her daily routines. My initial illness however turned into double Covid pneumonia, required hospitalization, and stopped just short of becoming worst-case.

The time-line of our experience appears below. Unless the comment following a date says "wife" the comment at the date outlines my experience.

1/29 Rick tests positive
2/1 receives monoclonal antibodies infusion
2/3 wife tests positive
2/5 X-rays show Rick has Covid pneumonia
2/10 Rick admitted to hospital. Begins Remdesivir infusions and other IV administered stuff (steroids, antibiotics, & mega doses of Vitamins C & D3, Zinc)
2/11 Receives blood plasma antibodies infusion
2/13 Awakens to discover impaired vision: diagnosis – stroke/blood clot. CT scan and MRI tests follow and confirm the stroke/clot. Transferred to large regional hospital overnight (Saturday/Sunday 2-13/14). Blood thinner added to drip.
2/14 more tests. Specialists start coming through. Respiratory specialist begins lung therapy. These patterns continue until discharge. Vision coming and going. I name the IV machine Edith.
2/17 Rick tests negative for Covid. Wife is symptom-free but has not yet been retested or released by her doctor.
2/18 Rick discharged to home late Thursday afternoon with plug-in (electrical) Oxygen machine, portable/roll around bottles, and a bag of various hoses, meds, and related instructions. On the good news side of the summary, no heart, kidney, or liver damage, vision is improving (can see to read now, and no blank spots in my field of view), prognosis is 100% recovery for lungs and eyesight.
2/20 intake interview with Home Health (i.e., at home)
2/23 to Primary Care doc for check-up, more X-rays. Meds adjusted. Preliminary rehab plan laid out for action. "Breath in until it hurts, then draw some more. Pace yourself, rest frequently, don't overdo it, and allow 6 weeks for the recovery period." Upcoming appointments will include visits to pulmonology and neurology.
2/24 Wife goes back to her doctor for a “due diligence” retest.
2/25 Wife's (recall is symptom-free for well over a week) but her results come back positive. Her doc schedules her for an antibodies test to double-check the nasal swab.

Again, my apologies for "hijacking my own discussion" by originally posting an "I caught it" post in the concern poll discussion.

Where to from here? Health and work are my dominant concerns.

Health: assuming no set-backs the doctors predict a 100% recovery over time.

Work: I have two jobs: one a desk-top job in a professional setting that is non-physical and typically low-stress. The other is that of a school bus driver (offers superb health insurance). The bus is physically active, high stress, and highly attuned to driver-health as it impacts safety for operations.

I am already cleared to go back to the desk job on March 15. However, I am off the bus until March 29 at the earliest, and several doctors will have to sign off on my fitness to drive before I can get behind the wheel of any vehicle, much less a school bus. This grumpy old guy with a 15 day growth of prophetic looking beard has a word of testimony for the so-called "hoaxers."

Onward...
 

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@Firedog you asked about vitamins and other stuff.

We were "doing everything right" in terms of vitamin supplements and other prevention measures (masking, distancing, etc). We were (and still are) taking Vitamins C & D3, Zinc, a Pepcid, and a Melatonin. We were walking regularly for exercise. The exact same vitamins were replicated in the hospital, but administered intravenously. The doctors added steroids to beat back the inflammation in my lungs, and antibiotics to barrier against other possible infections. Covid-19 seems to respond to several different steroids. Which ones were decisions made and adjusted after a review of my blood-work.

At the moment I'm up for a wee hours break from the prone position. My typical sleep-pattern is bed by 9 pm and up by 4 am, with no nap during the day. Now this thing has me disrupted into "sleep shifts" that appear to total 16 hours a day in the sack.

I cannot be certain where I caught it because of my exposure to the public in both jobs. That said, I am not embittered or resentful. Rather, I'm glad I caught it 13 months after it got to the US instead of within the first six when the doctors knew so little and those catching it were at the mercy of unproven treatment paths and hysteric levels of speculation.

Finally, I've leared a lot about home health and the transitions between hospital care to doctor's offices to medical equipment to other. I'll summarize my notes on those experiences and post them later in the discussion.

Thanks again to all for your prayers and comments of concern. It's 1:30 ish AM my time, but I feel as good as I have in days and my eyesight is (at the moment) excellent.
 

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awesome, it sounds like you are doing better and hopefully will continue too.
Along with those you mentioned I am taking Quercetin and B12. The Quercetin which is a (Ionophore)=Hydrochloraquin helps the zinc get into the cells.
 

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Glad you made it out, even if it is taking a while. It is odd, I know several people who had it and it was like a cold, some had it and it was like the flu, and I know a couple people it finished, and quickly. Strange illness.
 
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