It’s been a while since I have been able to put my current situations into word format. Figuring out how to tell my latest difficulties couldn’t be accomplished until I began to see a silver lining. I have the intent of writing this to help normalize and be communicative about my experiences to help others. If I am not being vulnerable how can I expect others to be vulnerable with me?
To skim a little, I had a hysterectomy in February to which I was finally recovering and ready to give my children my full energy and attention that was difficult to provide. I made the decision to walk everyday and get healthy. One week in, I was meeting a good friend to walk instead of go to ice cream, I took one step outside my front door and broke my 5th metatarsal bone in my foot. I played it off and off to ice cream we went unbeknownst to me that my foot was really broken and the pain would emerge shortly. This occurred on May 2, 2022.
May 22, 2022 COVID finally caught up with me and my 3 year old (Lucy). My husband and son tested negative so we conquered and divided. My in laws go to Michigan in the summers so my husband and son have been there the last 8 days. They are healthy thank goodness.
Lucy had a fever for 5 days straight and Motrin and Tylenol kept it at bay. Sore throat and congestion got us both. However, I have always struggled with a very mild case of Asthma when I get sick. I am lucky to have a father and family in the medical field. I have taken Paxlovid since I got my positive covid test May 23, 2022. I’m not sure if it helps, but I like to believe that maybe I would be worse today if not. I have been struggling with a low pulse ox. 94 on Wednesday and I was able to get on steroids. 92-94 on Thursday and Friday. An inhaler appears to have helped and now I’m at a steady 96. A healthy pulse ox for someone who doesn’t have oxygen problem is 95 and above. So I believe I’m getting there.
Without knowing what to check and having the medical expertise I have I don’t know the road I would be down right now. I urge anyone to talk with their doctors. Get a pulse ox. Monitor yourself. You are your biggest advocate.
I am lucky to have a husband dropping off food. Family checking in constantly. A job that is so flexible and understanding and who puts employees first. Without these things I don’t know if my mental health would be as stable as it is right now. I know this time period is a blip. I also know my daughter and son are the most flexible and amazing kids that I could have ever asked for. Lucy and I are now best friends, at least for today 🤣 and I can’t wait to be able to reconnect with Silas and Liam in the physical form.
For those of you struggling please remember you are not alone. Reach out to those that are present. Remember there may be someone out there struggling and not saying a word about it. Check in with those people. Sending all the positive thoughts to all of you reading this.