Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

Tree Lady

(11,295 posts)
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:25 PM Dec 2022

After almost 3 years I finally got covid

Flew to Texas for daughter's CPA ceremony, wore my mask everywhere but I shared a hotel room with my daughters and caught from them. Never again share!

My doc wants to know if I want paxlovid and I can't decide. Right now I have cough, fever around 100.4 runny nose and feel yucky. After Tylenol feel not so bad. My husband had to stop paxlovid because it made him violently sick to stomach and I read all the side effects and rebound. Can't make up my mind, thinking of waiting to see how I feel tomorrow morning. Today is day 2. Just got pcr test confirming tonight.

My dr says up to me. I have had all my vaccines and the bivalent one mid October. The home test was just a faint line. Does that mean anything?

Sorry, I deal with anxiety and this isn't helping.

43 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
After almost 3 years I finally got covid (Original Post) Tree Lady Dec 2022 OP
Same here, after 3 years as a "essential worker" it came for both my wife &I Ferryboat Dec 2022 #1
Faint line can mean you have mild infection louis-t Dec 2022 #2
Hope yours is the quick version. KentuckyWoman Dec 2022 #3
I know a couple of people who took paxlovid after the doctor offered it to them. skylucy Dec 2022 #4
And I know three who have taken it without a problem, other than, for one of them, pnwmom Dec 2022 #14
A faint line is COVID positive. There's rarely ever a false positive on home tests. CottonBear Dec 2022 #5
So weird on side effects of paxlovid! Doctor must Laura PourMeADrink Dec 2022 #28
Positive in Sept. fever and funky two days then mostly better. IA8IT Dec 2022 #6
Thanks for the good thoughts Tree Lady Dec 2022 #7
Also Tree Lady.... skylucy Dec 2022 #8
Thats how my daughters was who gave it Tree Lady Dec 2022 #11
We all just got it in my house finally after 3 years of strict cautious measures. Bluethroughu Dec 2022 #9
I had no side effects with Paxlovid; started taking it 2 days after symptoms spooky3 Dec 2022 #10
get 10 minutes of sunshine on face every day for vitamin D-3 Tetrachloride Dec 2022 #12
Easier said than done maxsolomon Dec 2022 #31
Lol totally overcast and cold here in Oregon nt Tree Lady Dec 2022 #37
YES YES YES, if your doctor is asking you, I would say YES. Yes, please. pnwmom Dec 2022 #13
My doctor gave it to me four days after symptoms to reduce chance of rebound. haele Dec 2022 #15
That's very interesting! It's supposed to stop the Laura PourMeADrink Dec 2022 #27
I got it Saturday 1st time. I did the home test Sunday AM, and it was positive. I tested again doc03 Dec 2022 #16
Two of my law partners have used paxlovid LetMyPeopleVote Dec 2022 #17
Sending you hugs! MLAA Dec 2022 #18
It's in my house too. Cracklin Charlie Dec 2022 #19
It makes me wonder why they are always telling people who are vaccinated/boosted to take liberal_mama Dec 2022 #20
To me it is a miracle drug. Have never felt so sad when Laura PourMeADrink Dec 2022 #26
Same here. Got it over Thanksgiving. bif Dec 2022 #21
My friend took Paxlovid. LisaL Dec 2022 #22
I'm just recovering from it for the 3rd time jcgoldie Dec 2022 #23
Sorry! I got it the same way - but I can't avoid the room sharing. Ms. Toad Dec 2022 #24
Me too. Almost three years! On a plane CT to Dallas Laura PourMeADrink Dec 2022 #25
Listen to your doctor Johnny2X2X Dec 2022 #29
I decided to take it Tree Lady Dec 2022 #30
It got me yesterday. maxsolomon Dec 2022 #32
Me too especially since I didn't get it Tree Lady Dec 2022 #38
I got it a month ago and 2 days later my daughter arthritisR_US Dec 2022 #33
Happy you did ok especially with your medical Tree Lady Dec 2022 #39
The cough I found the most enduring but after that arthritisR_US Dec 2022 #42
I deal with anxiety too XanaDUer2 Dec 2022 #34
just got it myself a few days ago 0rganism Dec 2022 #35
I havn't had it (sprinting to knock on wood). Prairie_Seagull Dec 2022 #36
I don't want a doctor to ask me if I want some drug Mysterian Dec 2022 #40
I know it's like they are so afraid Tree Lady Dec 2022 #41
Paxlovid Laura PourMeADrink Feb 2023 #43

Ferryboat

(905 posts)
1. Same here, after 3 years as a "essential worker" it came for both my wife &I
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:30 PM
Dec 2022

Never been so sick in my life. After 7 days it eased off.

louis-t

(23,080 posts)
2. Faint line can mean you have mild infection
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:31 PM
Dec 2022

Directions say the test card is sensitive to amount of virus. My 90 year old mother just got over it. She had all of her shots and symptoms were mild. She got it at her last remaining sister's funeral. I just think it's only a matter of time for me. Avoided it almost 3 years.

skylucy

(3,729 posts)
4. I know a couple of people who took paxlovid after the doctor offered it to them.
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:33 PM
Dec 2022

They both got really sick to the stomach and one opted to stop taking it because of that side effect. When my husband got covid and asked the doctor about paxlovid, the doctor said if he wanted to take it, he would rx it for him...but then also said there were side effects that can be pretty severe. My husband decided not to take paxlovid. He was miserable for a couple of weeks (fever and felt rotten) but never got short of breath or anything like that. Vaxxed and boosted, you probably will be fine without the paxlovid.

pnwmom

(108,861 posts)
14. And I know three who have taken it without a problem, other than, for one of them,
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:50 PM
Dec 2022

an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

CottonBear

(21,595 posts)
5. A faint line is COVID positive. There's rarely ever a false positive on home tests.
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:33 PM
Dec 2022

According to my physician brother-in-law, the home test is rarely ever a false positive, but you can get a false negative.

I got Covid recently after going the entire pandemic without catching it. I’ve been double vaccinated and I have had three boosters including the bivalent booster. I just had a runny nose and my doctor said I didn’t need to take the antiviral treatment. Also, I had gone beyond the time period that you could take it. In any case, my doctor said the side effects are pretty severe and they usually only prescribe it for people who’ve just found out they’re positive and who have severe symptoms and who are in a higher risk group.

They told me to take ibuprofen alternating with Tylenol and drink lots of water and to drink an electrolyte solution for adults. However, I didn’t need to do those things because I never had a fever.

Good luck. I hope you feel better soon.

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,740 posts)
28. So weird on side effects of paxlovid! Doctor must
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 09:51 AM
Dec 2022

have seen that and assumed true? Had none except bitter taste from one ingredient.

On edit : Sorry, reread - see your husband couldn't take paxlovid.

IA8IT

(5,512 posts)
6. Positive in Sept. fever and funky two days then mostly better.
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:34 PM
Dec 2022

Tylenol on the two fever days. Turned 70 in Aug.

Good Luck

Tree Lady

(11,295 posts)
7. Thanks for the good thoughts
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:39 PM
Dec 2022

I am learning towards not taking the drug since it made my husband so sick. Right now I feel like I have flu or bad cold. Hoping my vaccines keep it that way.

skylucy

(3,729 posts)
8. Also Tree Lady....
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:39 PM
Dec 2022

If your covid test is showing a faint line, that is a good sign. You don't have a big viral load. My husbands first home test showed a big, dark line that lit up like a Christmas Tree as soon as I put the drops on it! It didn't take 15 or 20 minutes. The line got fainter and took longer to appear after several days and finally was negative.

Tree Lady

(11,295 posts)
11. Thats how my daughters was who gave it
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:42 PM
Dec 2022

To all of us dark thick line right away. She said no way and took a second test, same thing then pcr test same. She is one of those people who thinks you can positive think your way out of anything.

Bluethroughu

(4,943 posts)
9. We all just got it in my house finally after 3 years of strict cautious measures.
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:39 PM
Dec 2022

We went through the anxiety, and every symtom this week, but after reading Tylenol for headache and mucinex for phelmy cough and Nyquil for dry cough...we are all good after 6 days. We even lost taste and smell for two days, but it's back and good, no issues yet.

We were all vaccinated twice and boosted, but we didn't get the current boost with the new strains. We are all Asthma compromised, but we made through ok.

I hope it goes as well for you, but if you have some trouble starting to settle in, think about taking the serious meds. Give yourself a few days maybe, but it's personal so do what you feel is right.

I hope you get through quickly without any long covid.


spooky3

(34,008 posts)
10. I had no side effects with Paxlovid; started taking it 2 days after symptoms
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:41 PM
Dec 2022

Started. Why not try the Paxlovid and stop if you feel worse?

pnwmom

(108,861 posts)
13. YES YES YES, if your doctor is asking you, I would say YES. Yes, please.
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:47 PM
Dec 2022

I know your husband had a bad reaction, but you aren't genetically related to your husband, so you are unlikely to respond the same way. And if you wait to see if you get very sick, you might be too far along to qualify.

The people I know who have taken it experienced nothing worse than a bad taste in the mouth (for one of them) while taking it.

And that rebound effect? It also happens in people who have NOT taken Pavlovid.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/13/well/live/paxlovid-rebound.html

Reports of “Paxlovid rebound” popped up in the spring of 2022, as some people who had taken the antiviral medication experienced a recurrence of Covid symptoms, days after their infection appeared to have cleared up. But that rebound effect isn’t limited to people who have taken Paxlovid: a study this past fall found that symptoms can flare up again even in people who did not take the antiviral medication.

Those who have taken Paxlovid and are concerned about a potential rebound should watch out for returning symptoms in the week or so after they test negative. But “people should not be swabbing themselves like there’s no tomorrow if they’re feeling better,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco.

Only a small fraction of people who take Paxlovid report a rebound, said Dr. Steven Gordon, an infectious disease specialist at the Cleveland Clinic; a study published in June found that of 13,644 adult coronavirus patients who took Paxlovid or another treatment, Molnupiravir, about 5 percent tested positive again within 30 days and 6 percent experienced symptoms again. And Paxlovid rebound is more likely in people who are older or have compromised immune systems, said Dr. Kelly Gebo, an infectious disease specialist at Northwestern Medicine.

Those who do experience a recurrence of symptoms typically do so within a few days or a week, said Dr. Gebo. If you feel a sore throat or runny nose coming back, you may want to take a rapid antigen test, she advised.



haele

(12,544 posts)
15. My doctor gave it to me four days after symptoms to reduce chance of rebound.
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:53 PM
Dec 2022

She had read that paxlovid early (~2 days of symptoms) or as a prophylactic didn't work as well and rebounds had a higher chance of occuring, so she gave it to me as late as she felt it would be effective and not otherwise affect my health (as in, before damage might start occuring if I was to develop Long COVID from my illness).
It seemed to have worked fine, except I went a day and a half before being able to pick up my prescription.

Don't know if she was right to do so or not, but Paxlovid is supposed to be taken within the first five days of positive test or symptoms, so she was still within the range.

Haele

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,740 posts)
27. That's very interesting! It's supposed to stop the
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 01:44 AM
Dec 2022

Virus replication. But you haven't had rebound right? Sounds like a plan! I am in day 2 of rebound. Wish I had more paxlovid!!!

doc03

(34,961 posts)
16. I got it Saturday 1st time. I did the home test Sunday AM, and it was positive. I tested again
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:56 PM
Dec 2022

at Med-Express Monday AM and it was positive also. I had mild cold symptoms Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
I took NyQuil once at night and Dayquil once in the afternoon. Today I feel fine and haven't taken anything. They
said I could take the Paxlovid but said it had some bad side effects, so I didn't figure I needed that. I am supposed to
isolate until Friday.

LetMyPeopleVote

(142,633 posts)
17. Two of my law partners have used paxlovid
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 09:59 PM
Dec 2022

This drug worked well for them. If you have any risk factors, get the drug as soon as possible. My pulmonary and other doctors have told me to not to chance it if I test positive and start paxlovid as soon as possible.

Cracklin Charlie

(12,904 posts)
19. It's in my house too.
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 10:07 PM
Dec 2022

Both hubs and I have very mild symptoms. We got boosted in early November, and caught it somewhere last week.
Spending a cold, rainy week indoors.

liberal_mama

(1,495 posts)
20. It makes me wonder why they are always telling people who are vaccinated/boosted to take
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 10:48 PM
Dec 2022

Paxlovid. Today, a local politician who is young and healthy, vaxxed/boosted, stated his symptoms were very mild (thanks to the vaccine, he says), but yet his doctor still prescribed Paxlovid? It seems odd to me as Paxlovid is an expensive medication and can have unpleasant side effects.

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,740 posts)
26. To me it is a miracle drug. Have never felt so sad when
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 01:40 AM
Dec 2022

Last pill taken. It almost immediately takes away symptoms.

bif

(22,384 posts)
21. Same here. Got it over Thanksgiving.
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 11:12 PM
Dec 2022

It was like a bad cold. I'm still coughing three weeks later.

jcgoldie

(11,523 posts)
23. I'm just recovering from it for the 3rd time
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 01:06 AM
Dec 2022

Had it in June of this year, then September, now December. This time lasted the longest about 8 days, came on slow but a bad cough on the backend.

Ms. Toad

(33,723 posts)
24. Sorry! I got it the same way - but I can't avoid the room sharing.
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 01:24 AM
Dec 2022

It's my spouse who gave it to me - and while I can protect myself at home by sleeping in a recliner in another room, I can't when we travel.

It's too early to have solid data - but there is some indication that Paxlovid will decrease the risk of long COVID. Given that I got pancreatitis from my July bout with COVID (without Paxlovid), I would definitely consider it if I contract COVID a second time - purely from the perspective of trying to minimize the risk of long COVID. (COVID, itself, was pretty mild for me - no fever, no real sore throat, very little congestion/runny nose, and I coughed for about 2 days)

The line will probably get darker over the next couple of days (if you test again).

Do keep an eye out for symptoms of pancreatitis - my GI doc says he's seeing a fair number of cases of pancreatitis. (Pancreatitis can be life-threatening, although mine was pretty mild.)

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,740 posts)
25. Me too. Almost three years! On a plane CT to Dallas
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 01:36 AM
Dec 2022

Only masked person to boot!

Definitely get Paxlovid!!! It took away all symptoms. Surprise doctor isn't pushing it since it's more effective the sooner you take it. Plus they think it helps protect against long covid!

Unfortunately in covid rebound which heard everyone is getting with newer strains.


Johnny2X2X

(18,324 posts)
29. Listen to your doctor
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 10:17 AM
Dec 2022

If they prescribe Paxlovid, there's a reason for it, so take it.

Deaths remain quite low in the US for Covid, kind of been stuck at between 200-400 a day for several months now. No real spike since very early this year. Hopefully this holds over the Holidays, but I suspect we'll see a small spike in January.

Tree Lady

(11,295 posts)
30. I decided to take it
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 12:51 PM
Dec 2022

Have zoom apt with doc in a hour then he will prescribe. It was the nurse who told me to make apt for it.

maxsolomon

(32,713 posts)
32. It got me yesterday.
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 12:57 PM
Dec 2022

My 1st test was a VERY faint positive line, but my wife had a bold line and she got sick 1st.

This morning, tested positive where there's no doubt I've got it.

32 months in; I was starting to think I was invincible.

Tree Lady

(11,295 posts)
38. Me too especially since I didn't get it
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 04:28 PM
Dec 2022

When hubby had it bad for 3 weeks in August. I thought maybe I was one of the lucky ones. But I separated from him in house immediately and was crazy about sterilizing everything. We also sleep in separate rooms because of sleep issues and i think that is what did it. I caught covid sharing room with daughter who had it and didn't know.

arthritisR_US

(7,236 posts)
33. I got it a month ago and 2 days later my daughter
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 01:16 PM
Dec 2022

got it. We both had been fully vaccinated and all boosters. Our home tests were without a doubt positive. I have had open heart surgery and as well a former cancer (x 4) survivor. The congested chest and head cold symptoms and fatigue were the worst but they abated within a week to a week and a half. We got a portable humidifier to help the chest breathing at night and it was a tremendous help. We increased our vitamin C and added zinc to our regime. We were so floored by having avoided it for 3 years and then to succumb to it now. We figure I caught it from a medical emergency I had and unfortunately I probably picked it up from the hospital.
Sur hope you two are ok and that like us your worst symptoms are no more than a few days💝

Tree Lady

(11,295 posts)
39. Happy you did ok especially with your medical
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 04:34 PM
Dec 2022

Background. I am lucky have other symptoms but not the bad fatigue most get. The cough is my worst.

arthritisR_US

(7,236 posts)
42. The cough I found the most enduring but after that
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 05:44 PM
Dec 2022

week and some I haven’t had it since. Haven’t had the reoccurring of any symptoms. Our fear always was me getting it but the universe was with us.
We still mask up when we have to go out, 3 years and counting lol 👍🏼

XanaDUer2

(10,008 posts)
34. I deal with anxiety too
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 02:22 PM
Dec 2022

Catching COVID in Aug almost sent me over the edge. Doctor didn't offer me paxlovid. Mr X is 70 and got it. He said it made him feel bad, but do what your doctor recommends.

I'm so sorry. We went yrs wo catching it.

0rganism

(23,760 posts)
35. just got it myself a few days ago
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 02:43 PM
Dec 2022

Truly awful stuff. Calling it a "bad cold" would be like calling a Ringling Bros 3-ring circus a "big mime show". Fortunately, I do seem to be getting better. Slowly.

Mysterian

(4,421 posts)
40. I don't want a doctor to ask me if I want some drug
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 04:36 PM
Dec 2022

I want a doctor to tell me what drug I need and give it to me.

Tree Lady

(11,295 posts)
41. I know it's like they are so afraid
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 05:17 PM
Dec 2022

Of being sued or? He just said it's up to me I don't have to take it. So I asked about other patients and he said about half his patients took it. I think because it's an emergency drug not done by FDA yet why he is so careful.

Latest Discussions»General Discussion»After almost 3 years I fi...