Welp, this week has been a wild ride. I’ve been getting a lot of questions on Instagram about my symptoms and where I am with COVID so I wanted to write up a little post. I started having symptoms Monday and was hopeful that it was just a cold. I took three at-home tests and isolated. On Wednesday I tested positive via rapid PCR. Today (Sunday) I woke up feeling like a human being again. I’m still taking things very easy but woof – I wouldn’t wish the past week on my worst enemy.
My COVID Symptoms
Monday – day zero
The first day of symptoms is technically day zero! Energy levels were fine but I had a sore throat and a cough. My throat felt like I had swallowed glass – it was very painful. Took an at-home test and it was negative. Cancelled the meeting I had that day and worked from the couch. Low fever that night.
Tuesday – day one
Woke up feeling better than Monday. I still didn’t feel good but didn’t feel THAT bad either. Took an at home test, negative. Cancelled on the evenings events just to be safe and responsible, but in my head was like “oh this is going away, I’m feeling better now!”
Wednesday – day two
Woke up feeling a little bit better, but did have an upset stomach. Took a third at-home test, negative. Went and got a rapid PCR “just to be safe.” It was positive. I felt pretty much… fine? Main symptoms were a tickle in my throat. It would feel like something went down the wrong pipe except I hadn’t eaten anything. I’d alternate with that and coughing fits.
Thursday – day three
I felt absolutely horrible. A mix of respiratory stuff and just feeling really, really tired. I slept a lot. Was extremely irritable and super grumpy. More coughing fits. I’d go to swallow and feel like I couldn’t breathe.
Friday – day four
This was the worst day of all. Respiratory symptoms were mostly gone but had THE worst headache of my life. Fever, sweats, diarrhea. Spent most of the day on the couch half napping, half watching movies. It was agony to even heat up soup. I couldn’t look at a computer screen, I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t really do anything. I will say that for me, the headache parts/days were MUCH worse than the sore throat/coughing parts. And I was absolutely miserable and unable to do anything. When I went to bed I was super nauseous and thought I was going to throw up but passed out for about 14 hours instead.
Saturday – day five
Better than Friday but still felt like garbage. Fever was gone but just a really bad headache and felt super nauseous. Imagine the worst hangover you’ve ever had and double or triple it. By that night I was feeling better. The headache lasted about 36 hours and was gone by evening. Just brain fog and tired.
Sunday – day six
Woke up feeling… normal? Still have a small cough (like when you are mostly over a cold but still cough a tiny bit every few hours). No headache, no fever, digestion is fine. A little brain fog. Conversations that last over 15 minutes are hard and my attention span is not great.
Monday – day seven
Woke up feeling normal but just very, very tired. Everything felt harder than usual, lots of brain fog. Didn’t sleep well, woke up with choking coughs in the middle of the night. I pretty much felt normal as in I had no fever or respiratory symptoms, but still felt off. Showering is hard!
Please remember, I’m not a doctor or medical professional and I am not giving any advice here. I am just a regular person sharing my symptoms in case it’s helpful. In talking to friends, this thing seems to hit everyone really differently. Also, this was my first time getting COVID, and I am fully vaxxed and boosted.