Tested positive a few weeks ago on 9/3. I finally got over it near the end of last week though I don’t think my taste/smell is back to 100% yet.
For background, I’m 38 & take blood pressure medication as needed. Healthy & strong otherwise. The BP is genetic, not due to being unhealthy.
First symptom was feeling tired one day. I didn’t think much of it. I had worked long/hard hours 8 days in a row & thought maybe I was just a little run down.
Woke up many times that night feeling bad and felt like I had a fever. Woke my wife up twice to ask her to see I felt warm. Both times she growled, roughly felt my face, then said I was fine and to stop waking her up. I knew I had to have a fever and finally got the thermometer. Sure enough, 102.5 degrees. I almost never have fever and was fairly certain I had the virus at that point.
I planned to get tested the next morning but felt so bad I couldn’t talk myself into driving 30 min to town to get tested. Symptoms at that point were fever, intense sweating/chills. I felt so cold that I didn’t get out from under the covers in bed all day except to maybe take a leak. I could feel my sinuses swelling but nothing too crazy. I did keep noticing a weird smell that I can’t even begin to describe. My wife drove me to get tested that evening, which was on a Thursday.
Friday was just like Thursday. In bed all day. Hadn’t ate in 48 hours at that point & didn’t want to.
I felt a little better on Saturday morning. The fever had gone down to around 100. I finally ate & realized I couldn’t taste or smell anything but that weird, indescribable smell. The doctor’s office called that afternoon and confirmed that I had tested positive, but at that point, it was pretty evident I had the virus. They didn’t give me any medication but said I could take Ibuprofen, etc.
I woke up Sunday feeling expecting to feel a little better like the day before but felt worse. Fever was all but gone, but still felt clammy and was bringing to feel nauseated. I had diarrhea the past few days but no nausea until then.
Sometime around the first of the week, the virus began to feel more respiratory. It felt like my lungs were beginning to get inflamed or something but it wasn’t too intense. The fever was gone though.
I layed low the next two weeks with mostly just nausea, feeling clammy, & the respiratory thing. I never threw up but also felt like I was close too at any moment. It felt like if I just flexed my abs I would hurl. But I didn’t.
I coughed but never had the non stop cough you hear about. The few times I did have a good coughing fit, there was a clear liquid that kept coming up.
A lot of people describe it as a bad flu, which I guess I’d agree with. But unlike the flu, where you generally feel bad a few days and start to feel a bit better each day in a linear progression, the virus was up & down. You’d feel better one day and worse the next. One step forward, one step back.