My goal is to stay healthy all the time and yet, I do acknowledge that we know that this is not a "one and done" type of situation at this moment in time.
So, I decided to write a letter to my pre-COVID self to help myself out in the future if the need should arise. (A friend and I recently discussed the fact that we've all been so intent on "not getting it" and wished that we'd better prepared for what to do if we did. If you've had it, what would you do differently?)
Dear Future Rachel,
You didn't want to get COVID, but you did. You hoped to remain asymptomatic, but you didn't.
The virus was annoying, frustrating and exhausting, but it wasn't scary, and you required no special treatments beyond what you could easily do at home, which included lots of rest.
Oh yeah, rest. Even in the beginning when you felt weird but okay, it would have been OK to start the resting process.
I know, it sounds silly to test and rest, but it's probably the best thing you could have done for yourself. The C-fatigue is not imaginary; you did not make it up in your head.
And, just because you loudly declare that you are done with it, doesn't mean it's done with you. It will happen. Maybe just not on your schedule and probably not in alignment with your work schedule either.
5 days out, you felt better, 10 days out, you felt closer to normal. 15 days out, you were really glad that you scheduled vacation time earlier this summer so you could have a window of time to do nothing more than rest in the sunshine, read novels and watch documentaries.
Remember, you can rest sooner or you can rest later.
Rachel (20 Days Post Positive)