F@ck! Glad you are on the mend.O.k. So here's my story...now that I'm finally on the upswing. 2 Thursdays ago I started coming down with what I thought was a cold. I had a very mild weird pain in my nose. Given the warnings that had come out, and given that I was involved in emergency planning for work and my kids' school, I started social distancing and fortunately that weekend I declined to referee some games and I didn't go into work Friday. Things continued like they would for a cold...I had a scratchy throat and a small periodic cough and some muscle aches but nothing really bad so I didn't really even think it was the flu since I didn't have a fever The week before I had been in a bunch of planning meetings so might have picked it up there, but at the time I thought I must have caught a cold from someone since I hadn't been oversees or even on an airplane recently. Then Monday night I took a very bad turn for the worse. My temp shot up to 102.9 and the cough began to get really pervasive and nonstop every second.
Tuesday morning I called my doc who ordered a flu test and the flu test came back negative. He then had me call the ER, which referred me to the county, which after 1.5 hours on hold referred me back to my doctor...no tests available. My fever was now no longer high, which had us relaxing a bit that it wasn't "it" because my temp was fluctuating between normal, to under 99.5 (which is still considered normal) to 100. But by Wednesday night both my lungs were on fire and I felt like I was drowning. Unlike a cold, which progressed from region to region of my lungs usually, this was a pervasive fire across my lungs and even some pain. Fortunately, because of an autoimmune condition I had a year ago, I had a bunch of predisone and an inhaler. The medical advice right now is mixed on whether a steroid is a good thing, but taking 60 mg of the predisone (a very high dose) allowed me to open up my lungs, because otherwise it would have been an ambulance and emergency room for me. I was able to sleep fitfully. Thursday was rough with ongoing breathing problems and crackling in my lungs, but I continued to improve on the predisone so my doctor did not admit me. By Friday I was in recovery and the fever had disappated completely which was a good sign, but I continued to feel really sick and had pain in my lungs through the weekend til about yesterday. My left lung is pretty much clear at this point, though my right lung remains a tiny bit congested and it causes a cough every 20 minutes or so.
Still, I've been sick 15+ days now, never had sneezing or a runny nose, and it didn't feel like flu's I've had before or even pertussis. This was just an all out assault on my lungs and I've never had that sensation before like I was drowning. I've never felt ill in that precise way before, and the most recent time I've been this sick was when I caught chicken pox in my 20s. So that's my story. Looks like I'm out of danger, I'm more sure now than not that I've had the dreaded bug (given the symptoms and how uniquely strange this illness felt), and even then I'm described as a potential "mild"-"moderate" case since I was only in potential distress 1 day. If I were a little bit older (I'm in my 40s) or not in as good of health (I ran up until recently a couple miles a day), I could totally see having to go on a ventillator for the thing.