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Mel1967 Fri 11-Dec-20 10:23:24


Isn’t it funny how much you take life for granted??

My husband; 55, fit and no underlying health issues is recovering from COVID-19.

What a scary 4 weeks it has been.

It was soon very clear that what we thought was a ‘bit of a cold’, certainly wasn’t. He was tested ( he’s a teacher) and it kind of went rapidly down hill from there.
He had every symptom, but the scariest was the breathlessness.
Even now he becomes breathless when walking the dog and really the slightest exertion.
We weren’t prepared for how ill he would be.
But myself and my son were fine.

He is recovering very slowly.
So please don’t take life for granted ?

timetogo2016 Fri 11-Dec-20 10:31:43

Oooh how frightening for youall.
Very pleased he is on the mendand thankfully you and your son are fine.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
And the same to all of you out there.

Namsnanny Fri 11-Dec-20 10:37:32

I'm very glad to hear he is on the mend. Even if it is taking a while.
Amazing how your son and yourself didn't get it!! Different DNA I suppose?

Jane10 Fri 11-Dec-20 11:35:31

Scary indeed. Thank you for posting this. It all seems so remote when you're isolated at home and wondering what Covid is really like for those who are unfortunate enough to contract it. It was interesting to hear this from someone with direct experience.
My DS had it back in March but was unwell for a fairly short time and made a good recovery. A positive side effect is that he's given up smoking. Breathing is just too important!!

Grannybags Fri 11-Dec-20 11:39:52

That must have been very scary for you all

Glad he is recovering, albeit slowly. flowers

Interesting how you and your son didn't get it. So many things still to learn about this horrible virus

TrendyNannie6 Fri 11-Dec-20 11:48:25

Wishing him all the best and hoping he recovers from this very soon, isn’t it strange that you and you’re son didn’t get it, ( not that anyone wants this awful virus of course) you do tend to think if one in immediate family has this then it goes through the family,

lovebeigecardigans1955 Fri 11-Dec-20 11:50:47

It must be very frightening and it's good to hear that your DH is on the mend, albeit slowly. We can never take things for granted can we?

nanaK54 Fri 11-Dec-20 12:35:46

Sending all good wishes

EllanVannin Fri 11-Dec-20 13:28:24

It certainly is the breathlessness which gets you. I would say, hand on heart that I contracted Covid last December while in hospital for something else, where two individuals in a bay opposite were coughing and spluttering dreadfully as I lay listening and no doubt breathing in their germs.

A sudden rush of nursing staff, masked, gowned and gloved hurriedly moved me from where I was to a different area of the ward where I encountered more coughing and spluttering shock Just after Christmas and at home about a week or so later my nose began to run like a tap as I had to plug my nostrils with tissue.

On the 30th of December last year I'd had an appt./ follow- up at the surgery to see the GP but had to cancel because I felt so ill. Air wasn't getting into my lungs so was affecting the circulation and I found myself unable to walk and the legs felt as though I was standing in concrete. Then the cough which was like whooping cough as I tried to draw breath in which to cough. Hanging out of the bedroom window for air----in the middle of winter !

I didn't phone anyone and thought for sure I was on my last as it was no ordinary cold or flu----I'd never had coughs or breathlessness. Paracetamol, honey, lemon and black rum was my medicine. Thankfully the cough didn't last, but the weakness was horrible and it wasn't until June of this year that I felt anything like normal. My lungs certainly aren't as they were though.

Thinking back, if I was to get that thing again I'd be dead for sure. I surprised myself for getting over it albeit best part of this year but I know it would have killed the weakest and understand why so many have died.
How lucky I was, being a smoker as well ! Just shows you.

Mell, I'm so glad that your husband is progressing but he'll feel as though he's been through the mangle for a while yet as the lungs/ circulation is badly affected. It's a tiring illness with only rest as part of the cure. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

Whiff Sat 12-Dec-20 06:12:31

Reading all your posts I wish all those who say there is no such thing as Covid would read them. It would soon change their minds. What annoys me about the doubters is their attitude it can't happen to me. And they refuse to wear masks and keep their distance.

Your posts prove it can happen to anyone. My heart goes out to you all. Luckily so far no one in my family have got it. But have family members who are shielding because of health problems. I don't go out unless I need to as most things can be delivered. All my family are taking all the precautions as we know it's early days and at least one of us will get it eventually.

I know what it is like to look after someone who can't get their breathe even with full oxygen . My late husband had secondary tumors in his lungs. It is so frightening.

Also reading your posts people would realise once you recover that's not the end of it. You may not have the active disease but it's all the health problems it leaves you with.

Sending you all my best wishes.

Toadinthehole Sat 12-Dec-20 09:16:46

Aww, bless you all. I’m so glad to hear he’s on the mend. My daughter was just saying the other day, how she ebbs in and out of being worried about this virus. Sometimes it seems nothing at all, and then you hear how someone very young had just died. I likened it to Russian Roulette, fine when it’s blanks.....but someone will get the real bullet. Frightening.

Toadinthehole Sat 12-Dec-20 09:20:15

Ellanvannin ?

FannyCornforth Sat 12-Dec-20 09:22:41

Ellan gosh, you have been through the wars.
But like my DH you've been very fortunate too. flowers
I hope that you feel a little better every day.

Susan56 Sat 12-Dec-20 10:00:36

My DH and I were both ill this time last year.Our story is pretty much the same as Ellan’s, it took us months to feel right again.My husband ended up in hospital late December,we were both given masks to wear and put in a side room.Any staff that came to see us wore masks.This was before Covid became known but we too think we may have had it and the hospital staff obviously knew something.
I am still scared about being that ill again,like Ellan I don’t know if we would survive as it has definitely weakened us.
Mell I wish your husband a good recovery and Fanny glad your husband is doing well.