My Experience of Covid-19

A little different time my other posts, but I thought I’d share with you my experience of having Coronavirus.

My pussy cat Bellatrix keeping me company.

March 2020. I am an NHS professional and even though the pandemic was confirmed in China and spreading across the world, we were still seeing a lot of people, taking no measures to keep our distance from one another even if they told us they’d just returned from abroad etc.

March 13th. Me and my partner had annual leave booked for our anniversary and decided to go for a hike in the Lakes. We walked up the first 100m of a steep incline and my partner was ridiculously breathless and feeling as though she was going to pass out. I was alright but decided to leave the hike as she was never like this.

March 16th. My partner had a constant cough, breathless and feeling generally under the weather. I start having a cough too and notice a strange feeling of breathlessness. For example I would get up to go to the toilet and be huffing and puffing. Walking up the stairs was exhausting. I didn’t feel too bad though in myself. The rest of this week carried on the same. I felt like I had flu symptoms but extremely mild.

Week 2. This week I started to develop a fever and felt crap. My breathlessness got worse. I developed a sore throat like none before. It started on my right side and felt like a knife. I couldn’t talk as it hurt so much. Even the air during breathing irritated it. As the week went on my glands swelled up in my neck, armpits and groin. They were aching constantly and my legs hurt so much. I start taking a lot of paracetamol, hot drinks constantly, put vicks on my chest, suck on throat sweets. My partner was starting to get better and still relaxing.

Week 3. This was the worst week of my symptoms. My chest hurt to a new level. Anyone who knows me knows that I constantly get chest infections but this was on a different level. My legs hurt so much that I couldn’t sleep or get comfortable. Because of the two, I kept going in a hot bath for hours to try and relieve the pain. This helped to some extent. My breathing was at its worst and even laying down I was huffing and puffing. I spent days and days in bed. My sore throat had gone but my cough was constant which got worse when talking. I didn’t cough up any phlegm. Only very occasional small amounts of white phlegm My partner was more or less better and back at work but decided I should call 111 as it had been three weeks and I was getting worse. They just advised to stay off of work another 7 days. No point going hospital as they wouldn’t be able to do anything and no point me getting tested as by the symptoms, I do have it.

Week 4. My chest was still hurting. My cough was starting to get a tad better but I still couldn’t talk much without coughing constantly. In myself I felt better and started doing things around the house and garden along with going for very small walks around the block. The body aches were going down. Started getting very painful occasional stomach ache and pain over my liver.

April 14th. First day back at work. Chest still hurting and still a bit breathless when going up stairs but feeling good and ready to get back into work. Half way through my shift I am there chatting to my colleagues when I can’t concentrate on what they are saying, I feel light headed. I go to my manager to tell her that maybe I’m not as well as I thought when she talks to me and I can’t understand what she’s saying, feeling even more faint. I had to just interrupt her and say I need to sit. Whilst sitting down I nearly faint twice and go completely white. I remember seeing my hands and they were white/blue. Every one comments how white I am. Once I felt a bit better I went home and called the GP who told me to just ride it out and he will send me a sick note.

That evening my legs start aching again and my breathing gets rapid and shallow and I feel almost as bad as I was in week three. My chest was so achey around the back and sides and if I took a deep breath it hurt in the front too. I kept feeling like I needed to yawn to get oxygen. My mum called as I said I was sent home from work and commented that I wasn’t making much sense. Later, my partner got home from work and commented on how white and crap I looked. She also said that I wasn’t making much sense. In bed, I didn’t feel right at all, I was disinterested with anything and my breathing was rubbish along with body aches and my bad chest. I decided to call 111 who said I needed to go to hospital. Another person rang me and said as he couldn’t hear my heavy breathing I didn’t need to go in so he will get a Dr to call me. During this time I went to the toilet and went to close the lid but instead swiped and smashed a candle off of the top. I also went to drink some water but poured it over the bed. My partner was very concerned. I was just very confused and spaced out and EXTREMELY cold. The Dr called and decided she would come and see me. At 1am she came around, assessed me and although my sats were ok she decided I should go A&E and was going to call an Ambulance. My partner said she would take me as it would be quicker. So off we went.

In A&E I didn’t wait at all and was taken through. They checked my obs and took some arterial blood to check the oxygen. I was spaced out and breathing heavily. My obs and oxygen were fine so they were confused as to why I was like I was. The Dr came over and assessed me and advised that this was most likely a secondary infection probably pneumonia due to me defo having COVID by my previous symptoms. She said there was no point having a test as this wasn’t COVID anymore as I didn’t have a temperature. There was no point getting a chest X-ray as it would not alter her giving my antibiotics for the infection. And as my obs were ok she didn’t think I should be admitted, I should go rest at home.

April 16th. No longer delirious. Chest is very achey and painful around the back, my breathing is better but get huffy still when I do anything. Starting to get stuffy again and phlegmy which makes me thing these antibiotics are already working (taking 8 a day). My legs are still very achey and my nodes are raised again in my armpits so at least my body is taking on this second lot of infection. Yesterday I spent the day in bed but today I’m downstairs on the sofa. I went to sit in the sun for 5mins but got to tired and so came back in to lie down and now I am writing this.

So here I am, just taking my tablets and resting for another two weeks to recover from this pneumonia. If feeling ok, I need to go back to work after these two weeks on phase return. After following the advice of just constantly staying home and resting I would suggest anyone feeling as bad as I did in week three to call 111 and speak to someone about it. I genuinely feel that if they had actually sent a Dr to me then, I would have been admitted. I thought I was going to die – genuinely. The time that I went to hospital I didn’t feel quite as bad but obviously it was a good thing so I could get the antibiotics. I think if I had gone to hospital with the Covid I may have been treated and not got this secondary infection. Who knows though. We didn’t have that much info back in March so no one knew what to suggest other than stay at home. Luckily now, they have a touch more info which is why I’m writing this so you can see that sometimes it does last over the 14days. Not once did I lose my taste or smell. The symptoms seem to be anything you can think of….. Covid gives it you!! I may have forgotten to add things as I want to tell you so much but can’t think of everything right now. So feel free to ask my anything.

Please do stay safe everyone. Look after yourselves and follow your governments rules. I only wish our government hadn’t left it so long to impose the lockdown, our death rate wouldn’t be so high. And that’s only hospital deaths. I know our confirmed cases would be sky high if they had bothered testing us. But anyway, that’s a rant that I shall have when feeling fully better and back with my colleagues. You know it’s bad when you are excited to go back to work!! Lets all hope this lifts soon and we change as a society to appreciate what matters more in life.

Top Ten Tips To Keep You Going Through Your Health Kick

Hi all.

Here are ten tips I though I’d share with you all to try and keep you going through any difficult times during your health kicks or those who have just started.

1) Do not compare yourself to others.

This is so important! Just because your mate only ran once and had stopped eating biscuits for 5 days and has already lost 7ibs more than you doesn’t mean that you’re failing. Everyone’s bodies are different. Some can burn off calories/fat quicker than you can say healthy and some, like mine, take a lot longer. Keep pushing though and results will soon start to show on you. 

2) Stop and think before you eat.

If you’re anything like me, you will have all experienced going into the cupboard and reaching for the cake or biscuits or chocolate when you get home from a long, stressful day at work just because you’re fed up and hungry. If you find yourself at one of those moments, stop. Take a minute to actually think through what you are doing. Is it actually worth it?  Is it actually going to make you feel any better? Is there anything else you can munch on to curb your hunger but that will also be tasty? Can you spare a couple of minutes to make something just as tasty but healthier?

3) Do not cut anything out.

Some of you may disagree with this one but I have found the only way that I can stick to eating better is by not cutting anything out from what I used to eat. If I tell myself I can’t have something, I want it more. Therefore, I limit myself to a small peice of chocolate everyday if I want some – some days I go without just because I forget. I then allow myself one ‘cheat day’ where I am allowed a bit more but not to go over the top. This method really has helped my will power which I am renowned in my family for not having! 

4) Be creative with your food.

Just because you’re on a health kick does not mean that all you have to eat is salads. If that’s what you’ve been eating so far in your journey and are already flailing then maybe that’s why! Talk to friends, go on websites, join Facebook groups, search blogs on here. There is an endless amount of information out there on seriously scrumptious healthy food that will fill you up and isn’t just a salad. 

5) Do not weigh yourself everyday.


This is a big no no. You may have already seen by so many others writing about it that weighing yourself regularly does you no favours. At 9am you could weigh 14stone for example. You eat breakfast and go out for a couple of hours, get back and have lunch (healthy) weigh yourself and you could be 14st 4ibs. You could take a dump weigh yourself and be 14st 2ibs. Etc etc etc. Point being, do not be slave to the scales. They do not go on body fat. Weigh yourself no more than weekly and see much more reliable results. Remember, it’s when yourself and others start noticing that you know what you’re doing is working. Not when the scales tell you.

6) Remind yourself of why you’re doing this.

If you come to a point when you want to give up (and we have all been there) please don’t! Remind yourself why you started this in the first place. What is your goal? Reasssure yourself that you CAN do it. If you have old photos of what you aspire to look like once more, get them out. If you have an event you want to take part in, visit the website and hype yourself up about it again. If you are wanting health benefits after having a scare, read up on what an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to. 

7) Money is not an excuse.

(No this guy doesn’t have two penises sticking out of his hips.)

It doesn’t matter if you can’t afford a gym membership or go to a different class every evening, that is not an excuses not to exercise. Use stuff around the house to create your own workouts. Everyone knows basic moves, do those but add weights. No weights? Use bags of sugar – seriously, it works! Go for a run outside, it’s amazing how different it is to runnng on a boring treadmill (nothing against them). Get a skipping rope or use something for a skipping rope. Such a simple thing yet such a good activity to add to any workout. Use a step or box to do step-ups on. Watch free workout videos on YouTube. There is so much you can do for free to give your entire body a good workout. 

8) Use negative comments.

If anyone says anything negative to you about your weight during the first month of your health kick or about your new healthy lifestyle do not ignore it. Use it as fuel to ignite the passion inside to drive you even further into focus. Prove them all wrong. Of course, you’re not doing this for their benefit or anyone else’s, however it can be a great motivational tool (reverse psychology or something).

9) Don’t beat yourself up. 

Inevitably, we all slip up from time to time. I believe that if we slip up on the first month of this new healthy venture, though, it is imperative we get back on it straight away. So if you do find yourself swaying off of the path, that’s ok, we all do it. Don’t then say that you’ve failed and quit, use it, learn from it and get back on it!

10) Enjoy it. 


Being healthy has this stigma of not being any fun- complete shit. Of course there are moments that are hard but aren’t there always hard moments in life with or without being healthy? I sure would prefer to go through them with good health than without. Go out with friends. Have fun. Just make different choices. Join different groups in fitness/health communities, make new friends. The people I’ve met through doing this are absolutely incredible! Have a drink now and again or chocolate just teach yourself when to say no. 

We all have what it takes to succeed in whatever we want. It’s just the matter of if we want it enough to do what it takes to succeed. I believe in you and you should too. 

Hopefully these brief tips will keep you all going. If you can think of any more that have helped you or others please comment! 

S. 

Stretch Marks Are Not Just For Christmas

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Stretch marks, they effect nearly everyone, even skinny people! Some more than others. Most people just associate them with women having babies but they occur whenever someone,with certain skin, gains or loses weight regardless of gender. Simply, whenever your skin stretches.(If you notice any new ones when you haven’t lost or gained weight, go see your Dr.)

If you have them and are getting really stressed and self conscious about the way they look, there are loads of beauty tips out there on how to camouflage them. Search for beauty blogs on here or other blog sites or research them on the Internet. Ask your friends or colleagues, I’m sure they will have tried stuff. Mostly, the advice will be to moisturise with creams or oils. Remember, everyone is different so if you try one cream that everyone is raving on about, your skin may not react to it like it did to theirs. You may have to try a couple to find your best one. Also remember that once you get stretch marks, they don’t disappear they just fade so don’t be expecting miracles. If no creams work, then I’ve heard of the laser treatment they can do. It’s pricey and painful by the sounds of it but it will help fade the marks immensely.
Surgery should be the last option in my opinion. It’s not free on the NHS but most importantly it comes with numerous risks like with any operation. Weigh up all the pros and cons extensively before you make any decisions.

The way I see it, as with anything, is to try and make a positive out of the negative. I have stretch marks all the way up my sides, under my arms, on my boobs and on my inner thighs. As I’ve been losing weight they seem to have got bigger and more prominent. But to be honest, I try and see them as battle scars. A reminder of what I’ve been through and how far I will have come when I reach my optimum weight. A reminder of the endurance and stamina it’s taken to lose this weight.
Over time they will naturally fade so I haven’t been worried about using creams (yet!) This summer it is my goal to wear a bikini on holiday and traipse around in pants all day long. My marks will be completely on show and I will wear them with pride.

And a Happy New Year

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Just going to take this chance to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. To all who are currently doing the same as me, I hope you continue the amazing work you are doing.2014 will be our year :).

If you go to gyms and or fitness classes, give the newbies a chance. Yes 80% will be gone by January 31st but the remaining 20% will be just like you and me when we first started. Is it wrong that our Zumba class are placing bets on who will stay and who will go?!

Enjoy whatever you are doing tonight folks, whether you are staying in or going out until the break of dawn. See you next year!!!!!!!!!!!

Goal Achieved

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At the start of the week, I weighed 15stone 1ish. Full of optimism, I set myself a goal of weighing in the 14 stone bracket, even if it was 14st13ibs. And guess what guys and dolls…..

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GET IN!!!!!!!!!!! This means I am now only 2ibs off from losing 2 stone altogether which makes me very chuffed. Just got to keep on going now and then I will actually feel like the guy at the top of the mountain in the pic! Bring it on!