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Update on How I am Doing

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I took this picture while at work last Saturday the day I realized I had COVID – looks are deceiving. 

Thank you All for your Prayers and Well Wishes!!!

My friends, I remain in quarantine and I can say that truly God is a good God. Even though I was well aware that I could become infected with COVID, due to the nature of the path I chose,  I thought I was taking all the precautions I could.

I work with two other ladies most frequently and they are both in their sixties and both are cancer survivors. As such whenever we have had to swab and care for a patient “under interest” I have been the one more in contact with the patients as I know these women would be more at risk than myself.

I am not a hero just a human. I have grown to love these women.

Since I have been unwell I have been speaking with both these ladies as they are experiencing symptoms as well. The one lady that I worked my last two shifts with is really feeling poorly even though her COVID test came back negative. She has been having more severe symptoms than myself. She is also in quarantine.

Each day I arise and thank God for Jesus! Yes I am happy. Psalms 23 – Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil….!!!! AMEN.

God is a good God and we shall all make it to the other side, my co-workers and I. I sleep with some healing scriptures playing on my nightstand as I want the healing promises to soak into my spirit even in repose.  (I always do this when I seek God out, I let his word settle in my soul. I will make a post about it one day).

How I feel:

  • Weakness (getting better each day)
  • Shortness of breath with exertion (it is resolving)
  • Headache — my worst symptom (it just hangs around)
  • Inability to concentrate for long periods
  • A heaviness in my head (feeling it as I type this now)
  • Sleeping a lot (the body needs rest to heal)

I never recorded a fever or a cough. 

What I am using for my immune system:

  • Zinc – 15mg
  • Vitamin D -5,000 IU
  • Vitamin C – 1000mg
  • Tumeric, aloe vera, garlic, ginger and celery blended drink (I just chug it down, can’t taste anyway)
  • Rest – as the body dictates
  • Exercise – I keep it moving, even if I just walk around the backyard in the sun.

Some of what breaks my heart:

  1. My boss has the nerve to ask me, “where do you think you got COVID from?” (we have been screening patients prior to surgery, screening and seeing the general public, the doctors see pre-surgery patients as well all day, some of which have been COVID positive and we mingle and share space with those doctors all day!). Is she for real.
  2. We were never given the appropriate protective gear. We wear surgical masks, can you imagine! Surgical masks do not protect from COVID, especially not in a healthcare setting where we are likely to come into direct contact with the virus.
  3. I could have potentially infected my family and my mother is an elderly woman. But I praise and thank GOD!!!!
  4. I cannot hug and comfort my children. My little snookums who I had been sleeping with since his dad left for NY is my constant companion. I have exposed him more so than anyone else. Him being my baby, I tickle and play and kiss him up all the time, and I was already infected and shedding COVID all over my child.
  5. Being unable to be and play with him, now I have to see him in passing and go outside to talk to him for a bit. He always has new engineering wonders to show me and now I cannot interact with him.
  6. On top of me being ill his dad is still in NY, so he does not have a real parent right now. Gee wanted to come home, I said no. We had always decided only one of us would take a risk at any given time.
  7. My daughter is petrified to come down to the bottom floor where I am in my own space.
  8. I am fed by them placing my meals outside my door. That is a hoot…being fed, I find humor in it.

On the road to recovery:

My Gee is always on the phone with me and a source of support and knowledge. My mother and my children are here and my friends are all helping to keep me together. I go outdoors often to look at the plants and I have been watching NETFLIX – oftentimes I fall asleep during a show.

I do love to watch movies and shows in other languages, especially French as I think it activates new neurons to hear and follow the plot while reading subtitles and trying to stay on top of the many nuances. My future guarantee against Alzheimer’s.

So I am coping pretty well.

I trust in my God and in that knowledge, I rest knowing this too shall pass.

Stay blessed and stay well.

 

54 thoughts on “Update on How I am Doing

  1. Wow. So sorry to hear what you’re going through.
    Get well soon. <3

    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate all the well wishes.

  2. I am catching up to some of your posts, and adding you to my prayer list. God’s peace to you and your family. Your words bring out the realism of Covid. We all need to do our part with masks, hand washing, social distancing, and just being smart.

  3. Pene, this post is just so amazing. And you look amazing. But as you say, looks can be deceiving! I love hearing how you are dealing with it. I so hear you on the snookums but you can only feel good about loving your child. We should not withhold love from children because of Covid. They need a lot of love and cuddles and they are not high-risk if they get it. We are all bound to get the virus at some point (or the majority of us at least. They may already have even had it. Great that they are keeping you fed over there lol. Sending much love to you and prayers for a full and speedy recovery. Thanks for all the work you do caring for others. 🙏🙏💖

    1. Thank you dear Lia for the lovely thoughts and for your prayers.

  4. Hello Pene, thank you for blessing us with this update. I am continuing to pray for you. God is our ever present help in times of need. Blessings and get well soon. Peace to you dear friend.💖💖💖💖😊

    1. I appreciate you so much Ms Suzette. Thank you for the prayers, God is hearing indeed!

      1. Amen. Pleasant evening and may healing slumber rain upon you. 😊💖💖💖

        1. I appreciate and am so grateful to you for your genuine prayers. A good night to you as well.

  5. Hi Pene
    I have been steadily praying for you, and I am glad that you shared your update with us.
    It sounds like you have a very caring support team around you. 🌷🤗

    1. Yes Ms Sally, I have great support and am trusting God and making great strides.
      I appreciate all our prayers.

  6. Wishing you a speedy recovery my friend 🖤

  7. Ah, Pene, this is a great progress report — you are getting better — myself and all the people who read your posts are pulling for you every step of the way. It’s unconscionable that you and your colleagues weren’t give adequate protection gear, but you are strong and filled with faith — you are an inspiration to us all.

    1. I am so grateful for ALL the warm wishes and prayers for me. I appreciate you all. Thank you

  8. Continued prayers for you, dear sister. I praise the Lord that you are doing better! I pray that the Lord bring healing to you and your coworkers and protect your family in Jesus’ name. Thank you so much for the update. Thank you for continuing to rely on the Lord and for inspiring us with your words of praise for Him. Rest and be refreshed. 💖🙏

  9. Pene’, I am praying for you and those dear to you!

    1. Thank you brother.

      1. My pleasure!

  10. Thanks for sharing an update, Pene. I’m so sorry you and your family are going through this! It’s unacceptable that you and your colleagues don’t have adequate protective equipment at work. I can just imagine how hard it is to be separated from your small boy! Stay strong, mama. Sending hugs and well wishes 🤗 Robin

    1. Thank you friend. Stay safe.

  11. Hi, Pene. In my prayers and thoughts. So many unsung heroes during these troubling times.

    1. I appreciate you my dear.

      1. Take Care. Best Regards.

  12. You are in my thoughts and prayers!!!!! Thank you for what you do every day! I can’t even imagine but know you are loved…not only by ME and your readers but by an almighty God who is our constant companion and the ultimate healer! Your faith and trust in Him shines through! Thank you for keeping us posted. Heart & hugs!

    1. Thank you my friend. I appreciate you ALL.

  13. You’re going through a tough time. You’ll be alright very soon.👍

    1. Thank you my friend. I appreciate you all.

  14. The Lord is your strength. Glad to know you’re coping well. Well wishes and get well soon 💝

    1. I appreciate all the good wishes. Thank you.

  15. My heart goes out to you and your family! I’m sending up prayers that you get better soon and none of your children get it. 🙏🙏

    1. Thank you so much for your prayers.

  16. Praying for you as you continue to heal. It is good that you are getting outdoors in the sunshine. Napping is so very good when our bodies are mending. And water! I am learning as I age that drinking fluids, especially water, is so important. I do think it helps flush out the germs!!! I only wish I had started sooner…Wishing you God’s blessings…for you, and your family. I hope each and every day is a little better.

    1. Yes I am drinking water as well. I forgot to include that one. Thank you. lots of hot water and teas.
      I appreciate your good thoughts and prayers. Stay safe.

      1. I know hot tea with lemon and honey was something my grandmother gave me when I was little. I liked it. I know I liked it even better in one of her special cups that I got to use when I was sick. Back in the day, rest and fluids was the order for anything that ailed us…still good medicine!

  17. Hi Pene, sorry I haven’t been around much lately and so sorry to hear of your getting this COVID-19. I will add you to my prayers that you will get better very soon. I know a little of what you are going through, I had this virus back in April for about 3 weeks and I’m still having problems with it even though I am officially over it. I still battle fatigue especially and have a hard time concentrating still. I had all the same symptoms as you. It’s a terrible thing and can really knock a person down. Please don’t mention this on my blog though. I still don’t understand why people don’t take this seriously. God bless!😃😺

    1. Thank you my dear for your prayers. I will pray for you also.

      1. Thank you Pene.

  18. I am sending you positivity, and I wish you well. Please be safe and take good care of yourself, Pene.

    1. Thank you and yes I am just mostly resting.

      1. Good. 🙂

  19. Phew.. Hugsssss sis.
    I pray for a quicker recovery for you. Praying for you. 🤗 Stay safe and strong.

    1. Thank you sister.

      1. You are welcome.
        Happy Sunday sis. 🤗

  20. God is our healer. he loves you….

  21. You are a child of God so be sure to receive his healing power.His wounds will heal you for his glory.Take care dear.👍🌹🙏

    1. That is the scripture I am leaning on. Thank you for your kind thoughts. Stay safe.

      1. Yes ,rely only on the word of God and be assured that he will never let you down.Most welcome.🌹👍🙏

      2. Yes,rely only on the scripture and be assured that he will never let you down.Most welcome.🌹👍🙏

  22. Ugh I feel so horrible I didn’t see this sooner. Been so busy for dumb crap. I can’t believe your boss has the audacity to ask where you got infected from. I am thinking of you and your full recovery ❤️

  23. Pene, no one deserves to get the virus, least of all those treating patients who have it. May you recover quickly! Enjoy the pampering while it lasts. Take care. Cheryl

    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts. Be safe and blessed.

  24. Praise the Lord you are on the road to recovery; will keep you in prayers.

    1. Thank you so much my dear. Have a great evening.

  25. you will soon feel as awesome as you look in that photo. Sending you my love

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