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Scary COVID experience

I have not written here for a couple of years now. But, such is life. We do not always get to do what we truly want to do.

Be that as it may, last night I had the scare of my life, and then earlier tonight a second time. Last week Wednesday, my wife tested positive for COVID-19. She had the usual body aches, splitting headaches, and she also coughed, but not that much. By last Saturday, I also started coughing, but not that bad either, so I just left it at that. However, Saturday morning, my mom-in-law who lives with us woke up not feeling so well. As a result, my daughter took her for a COVID test, and she also tested positive. By Sunday I felt a bit worse than on Saturday. Both my wife and I thought that it had to be COVID. This past Monday, when I woke up I felt much worse and was now coughing much more, and worse. I had myself tested at 08:00, and it was confirmed, I was COVID positive. The doctor gave me a prescription for medicine to take.

Due to the fact that I am a chronic DVT sufferer, and I am taking Warfarin to keep the DVT at bay, I could not take the usual stuff for my lungs. Monday, through Tuesday (yesterday), my coughs became worse, and more frequent.

As usual, last night I took my dog outside to do her dog business outside. I also use this time to make sure that everything that is supposed to be locked and closed is locked and closed. Just before I took her outside I started coughing. As we went around the house I realized that this cough was different. Every time I took a breath, there was a rumbling in my chest, and I just could not breathe in enough air to cough again. However, these coughs were totally involuntary. As this continued, the coughing started hurting me badly, especially across my back. Each cough also induced what felt like explosions in my head. Eventually, this pain down my back became so bad that I could hardly make it back into the house at the backdoor. Every time I coughed, the pain was so severe, that it made my legs give way. The pains that ripped down my back made me think of how the Vikings used their “spread eagle” technique to torture and kill enemies. As I came into the backdoor I was heaving for breath. My wife shouted from the lounge to find out if I was OK, and I could hardly get a “No” out because of the lack of breath, and the involuntary coughing.

My wife immediately led me back to bed, and prepared the nebulizer with stuff that her doctor prescribed for her. At first, I battled to breathe this stuff into my lungs to open them up. Eventually, little by little, my lungs started to ease up. Even after my lungs opened up again, I was still breathing heavily. This experience had tired me out! I have lived with back pain now for 12 years. I know what pain is. This was worse! This experience so tired me out, that I slept till today 15:05. At one point I did wake up, my wife gave me breakfast, but I went straight back to bed and slept till this afternoon.

Then, later this afternoon, I was busy watching some TV, and out of the blue, my chest started rumbling, like I was breathing through water. Luckily my wife was there with me. All I could get out was “chest!” I battled for air, and the coughing started. Again, back to bed and out with the nebulizer. Luckily, I recognized this for what it was, and we could stop it before it got too far.

During the first experience, I really thought that my time had come, that I was going to die from suffocation. It was a scary experience. Yet, in all of this, there was never any sense of dread.

Yet, in all of this, I have seen how much my wife loves me. The speed and the efficiency with which she got me and the nebulizer ready were truly amazing. She is indeed my angel.

17 Even if the fig tree does not blossom,
And there is no fruit on the vines,
If the yield of the olive fails,
And the fields produce no food,
Even if the flock disappears from the fold,
And there are no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will triumph in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like deer’s feet,
And has me walk on my high places.”
Habakkuk 3:17-19

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