He posts a daily update on Facebook and is doing well so far. Thank you all for your good wishes! ::big sigh of relief::
12/8/20: I’ve got COVID-19. I got a 100.4-degree fever and had to leave work early, and now I’m home feeling tired.
Covid day 2. I slept about 10 hours last night and woke up feeling pretty good. Then for most of the day I basically felt like I had a regular URI. I went through the FDA briefing document for the vaccine advisory committee meeting tomorrow (which is very encouraging!) to be ready to watch the committee meeting on YouTube tomorrow, assuming I feel up to it. Then about an hour after the sun went down and I started feeling very tired, so good night.
Covid day 3. My cough’s gotten a little worse, but still dry. My oxygen saturation is still in the mid-90s (which is my baseline here, at an elevation of 6,000 feet). Fatigue remains the only way this feels different from a regular URI. I took a 2-3 hour nap this afternoon, which isn’t something I normally do, even on a weekend or vacation or something. It’s not that I feel tired all the time, more that I need to sleep at least 10 hours out of every 24, and if I do that then I feel fairly normal.I spent most of the day watching the meeting of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee on YouTube, which was very interesting, and then I read the article New England Journal of Medicine published this morning of the results from that trial. I wish I could’ve gotten covid immunity from the vaccine, instead of getting sick, but oh well. I missed it by a week.
Covid day 4. I’m a bit less tired than yesterday, and my nose is less stuffy. I think I may be starting to get better. I’ll be in isolation for another week, though.::
Andrew’s transparency is very uplifting. i admired that Richard and you were so upfront about it and so has Andrew been. When my sister told me a few days ago that my nephew was just getting out of isolation from his covid0-19 infection, I asked her why she had not told me. She did not want me to worry. When my grandmother died, no one told me and when I returned home for a visit I said I was going to go see her. Then I was told. That felt like betrayal to not have been told. When I was in Egypt, my great Aunt died. She was in her mid 90’s but she came for dinner once a month for the two years before I travelled to Egypt. The reason for not telling me was because I was far from home. I just need to say that I would feel better if people would trust me that I can process grief and handle death or illness and that for me, I feel most trusted when I am told what is going on. I prefer the transparency. So thank you for setting an example in all of your family that I applaud and admire.
So good to hear an update. I’ve been wondering how he’s doing. Kathleen I agree with the appreciation of transparency. Learned my son had covid “last summer” – yes I might have worried, but believe I should be allowed to worry. Thanks Kathy for the update. Glad he is doing ok.
I know that these updates are helpful to you, hopefully relieving some of your concerns. They are good for us, too, letting us know what to look for / expect should a case come near us.
So sorry to hear this Kathy, my thoughts are with you.
I’m so glad he’s doing okay — and that you can feel heartened by his updates. Sending the juju for a speedy recovery. XO
Glad he’s making progress! Andy
It sounds to me as if your son is progressing well with his immune system fighting this off. No heaviness on his chest. No trouble breathing. Getting 10 hours of sleep helps him feel almost normal. i would say that he is out of the danger zone. yay!
I’m so glad to hear he’s still doing well!
I’m late to the news that Elder Son has/had covid, but it’s never too late to send good wishes that he recovers quickly, along with good wishes that you and Smokey stay safe and healthy. Mothers worry, but you are probably breathing a little easier with his O2 sats in the mid-90s. I just read an article authored by an ER physician about how important it is to monitor your O2 sats because covid pneumonia is sneaky and you can have it without having breathing difficulties. I hope he keeps sleeping, recovering, and getting better!