‘My doctor said, ‘Your vitals are remarkable.’ He wouldn’t test me. I wasn’t going to take no for an answer.’: 22-year-old woman shares inside look at coronavirus after testing positive, ‘I want to bring awareness’

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“I’m 22 years old and I tested positive for COVID-19. I’ve been debating on sharing more about this, but I want to share my experience especially with those around my age group to help bring awareness, and to relieve any stress/anxiety some may have due to the pandemic.

Day 1: It started with a mild DRY cough and a slightly sore throat. I was very tired that night.

Day 2: I felt a lot of pressure in my head to the point where I would have to cough softly to avoid the discomfort. That night, I experienced the chills and had a fever. One main symptom that stood out to me was that my eyes physically hurt. They were tender and sore.

Day 3: Energy levels VERY low. I only slept, and still ran fevers. At this point, my symptoms were a dry cough, migraine, fever, chills, some nausea. I decided to go to the doctors where I tested negative for the flu and strep.

The doctor told me I probably just had an infection and prescribed me antibiotics and 800mg of ibuprofen. I made sure to stay extremely hydrated and stocked up on vitamins and probiotics. That night, I still ran a fever.

Day 4: Finally no more fever, but a new symptom showed up: shortness of breath. It was uncomfortable; it felt like I had bricks on my chest. At this point, I wanted to test for corona like I should have been in the first place, but it was very DIFFICULT to get tested for it!!! I continued to self-quarantine and hydrate hydrate HYDRATE!

Day 5: Symptoms: sore throat, cough, shortness of breath. I went to the same doctor and I was very adamant about getting tested. Doctor said my vitals were ‘remarkable’ but I wasn’t going to take no for an answer! I also requested chest X-rays, everything came out normal.

I was advised to continue self quarantine, and I would receive my results in 5-6 DAYS!!!!!

Day 6 – With the continued use of antibiotics and ibuprofen, my symptoms were: sore throat, cough, shortness of breath. My energy levels began to increase.

Day 7 – Symptoms: slight sore throat, mild cough, shortness of breath. Energy levels increasing.

Day 8 – Symptoms: Mild cough, starting to feel like myself again. Energy!

Day 9 – Symptoms: My cough was a little heavier, normal energy levels.

Day 10 – Symptoms: Mild cough, mucus, normal energy levels. My lab results came in: POSITIVE.

I am continuing to self-isolate and take care of myself. Today I am feeling great and healthy! I will need to re-test in order to be cleared. That’s if I can find a doctor who is willing to re-test me. I haven’t had any luck so far.

My Twitter DM’s will be open to any who have questions. I hope this was helpful.

I wanted to let people know that if I got through it, so can you!!! Don’t panic if you are feeling symptoms. Take initiative and follow CDC guidelines. We’re going to get through this!

Update: I do not vape or smoke. I do not have any underlying health conditions. No asthma. I have my tonsils removed. I was not prescribed any medication after testing positive for COVID-19.”

Courtesy of Bjonda Haliti

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