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Crunchy Frog

(26,738 posts)
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 12:54 PM Nov 2023

We finally got our Covid cherries popped.

Myself, and my 84 year old mother. So far she seems to be doing better than I am. As far as I know, this is the first time we've had it.

We think it's possible that one or both of my sons picked it up at school and transmitted it to us, without ever becoming symptomatic themselves, since we really go out very little, and almost always mask.

Fortunately, we're all fully vaxxed and have had the latest booster, so hopefully it won't be a big deal.

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We finally got our Covid cherries popped. (Original Post) Crunchy Frog Nov 2023 OP
My husband tested positive this morning. We've never had covid. jrthin Nov 2023 #1
Hope your husbands illness is a mild one, and you either don't get it, or have a very mild one as well. Crunchy Frog Nov 2023 #12
Thank you. Glad your Mom is feeling much better. jrthin Nov 2023 #21
Healing vibes. onecaliberal Nov 2023 #2
Message auto-removed Name removed Nov 2023 #3
enjoy your stay. mopinko Nov 2023 #4
The vaccines are to prevent getting seriously sick, tanyev Nov 2023 #6
pretty sure anita is a regular 'visitor'. mopinko Nov 2023 #8
Where have you been the last few years? Not on DU apparently. marybourg Nov 2023 #7
It's the difference between having covid Lunabell Nov 2023 #9
Yes, the vaccines and boosters don't prevent transmission as well as I wish they did. Crunchy Frog Nov 2023 #11
Good luck with it to both of you Crunch Tom Rinaldo Nov 2023 #5
Thanks, and glad that your cases were mild. Crunchy Frog Nov 2023 #17
Did your doctor prescribe the drug Paxlovid for you? appleannie1 Nov 2023 #10
My mom asked about Paxlovid when she was talking to her Dr. office. Crunchy Frog Nov 2023 #14
So sorry to hear this, CF. I know how careful you've been. Coventina Nov 2023 #13
Thanks. With two boys in school, we can't really do that much to avoid whatever bugs are going around, Crunchy Frog Nov 2023 #15
Have you started Paxlovid? LetMyPeopleVote Nov 2023 #16
My mom's Dr's office recommended against it, so I guess we're not doing it. Crunchy Frog Nov 2023 #18
I am up to seven Moderna vaccinations LetMyPeopleVote Nov 2023 #19
Got our annual physicals yesterday, plus flu shot. Doc said get the Covid shot ASAP... Hekate Nov 2023 #20
I think we may have had RSV last spring. Crunchy Frog Nov 2023 #22

jrthin

(4,843 posts)
1. My husband tested positive this morning. We've never had covid.
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 12:59 PM
Nov 2023

Sunday, he took a friend to Med Rite Clinic, and we think that's where he got it. I tested negative, but we'll see. Fortunately, also, we're fully vexed

Wishing you and your Mom a fast recovery.

Crunchy Frog

(26,738 posts)
12. Hope your husbands illness is a mild one, and you either don't get it, or have a very mild one as well.
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 01:42 PM
Nov 2023

My mom had an eye appointment on Fri, and started feeling really woozy on the drive back. We both attributed it to a reaction to the eye drops at the time, but now I'm thinking it may have actually been the start of covid symptoms. Mostly she just got really woozy and weak and tired for a couple of days, with some congestion. We only tested because she called her Dr. office Monday morning and they told her to. By that time she was feeling much better, and didn't really believe the results, since she thought she would have felt much worse. Kept wanting to retest and I had to explain that you can't do "backsies" on a positive result.

I waited a couple days to test myself, after a day of feeling pretty sick, and running a fever. Big fat positive there too.

Both our tests showed really dark lines, which I guess means we've go a whole lot of antigens up there.

Response to Crunchy Frog (Original post)

tanyev

(42,778 posts)
6. The vaccines are to prevent getting seriously sick,
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 01:16 PM
Nov 2023

not to prevent catching it at all. But I’m sure you’ve heard that, Anita.

marybourg

(12,657 posts)
7. Where have you been the last few years? Not on DU apparently.
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 01:19 PM
Nov 2023

We have been told repeatedly that these vaccines don’t necessarily prevent the disease - although they lessen the chances - but they definitely do make the disease milder and prevent need for a ventilator or hospitalization, greatly lowering the mortality rate.

Stick with DU; you’ll learn a lot.

Lunabell

(6,158 posts)
9. It's the difference between having covid
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 01:22 PM
Nov 2023

And dying from covid. The vaccine makes it less deadly. Read a little about REAL science.

Crunchy Frog

(26,738 posts)
11. Yes, the vaccines and boosters don't prevent transmission as well as I wish they did.
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 01:29 PM
Nov 2023

However, I think they've done a pretty good job, given that my sons have been going to school without masks for 1 1/2 years, and this is the 1st that we've gotten it. And I do think that they make the illness far more mild than it would otherwise be, especially given my mother's age.

As far as finding me "creepy", I'll give that remark all the respect that your total of 4 posts deserves.

Tom Rinaldo

(22,919 posts)
5. Good luck with it to both of you Crunch
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 01:13 PM
Nov 2023

Janet and I got it about a year ago, not very severe for either of us, more like a bad cold and feeling pretty tired. Like you, we keep up on all the Covid boosters, and have resumed wearing masks in most indoor settings. If I don't catch a bad case I'll consider the vaccine to be working. It seems impossible to be totally safe while living a life that remotely resembles normal. I hope the spread doesn't worsen to the point where we aren't willing to let friends into the house.

I hope you both feel better soon.

Crunchy Frog

(26,738 posts)
17. Thanks, and glad that your cases were mild.
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 02:01 PM
Nov 2023

With the two boys in school, and school policy being extremely lax at this point, I think we were bound to get it eventually. The fact that it took us this long, and that so far the illness seems fairly mild, I think speaks well for the vaccines and boosters.

My mom is already feeling much better.

appleannie1

(5,086 posts)
10. Did your doctor prescribe the drug Paxlovid for you?
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 01:22 PM
Nov 2023

You have a very good chance of not getting real sick since you were vaccinated but Paxlovid helps to shorten the illness. I had symptoms for two days but by the third day was feeling a lot better and by the fifth day was fine. My doctor also told me to drink a lot of fluid, preferably something like Gatorade that has electrolytes in it, take vitamins C and D , zinc tablets and elderberry gummies to build up my immune system.

Crunchy Frog

(26,738 posts)
14. My mom asked about Paxlovid when she was talking to her Dr. office.
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 01:50 PM
Nov 2023

They said that it doesn't seem to be that effective against the current strain, and that it can have some nasty side effects, so they don't recommend it. They didn't seem to be very worried about her having it, so hopefully that's a good sign. Because of that, I haven't bothered to try to get a prescription for myself.

Coventina

(27,247 posts)
13. So sorry to hear this, CF. I know how careful you've been.
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 01:46 PM
Nov 2023

You and your mom take good care of yourselves!

Crunchy Frog

(26,738 posts)
15. Thanks. With two boys in school, we can't really do that much to avoid whatever bugs are going around,
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 01:54 PM
Nov 2023

no matter how careful we are about reducing our own possible exposures. I'd say that the vaxes and boosters have been the biggest protection. I'm frankly amazed that it took us this long to get it, considering how long the boys have been back in school.

LetMyPeopleVote

(146,472 posts)
16. Have you started Paxlovid?
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 02:01 PM
Nov 2023

My oldest child had his first case of COVID a month or so ago and started Paxlovid the afternoon after his test results. He had no symptoms after three days of starting this drug

Crunchy Frog

(26,738 posts)
18. My mom's Dr's office recommended against it, so I guess we're not doing it.
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 02:04 PM
Nov 2023

She's already feeling much better.

Very glad that we all had the most recent booster.

LetMyPeopleVote

(146,472 posts)
19. I am up to seven Moderna vaccinations
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 02:08 PM
Nov 2023

Several of my law partners and two of my kids have used Paxlovid and I will be taking this medication if I test positive for COVID. I am the last of my family not to have COVID and I have the most risk factors

Hekate

(91,301 posts)
20. Got our annual physicals yesterday, plus flu shot. Doc said get the Covid shot ASAP...
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 02:19 PM
Nov 2023

… at a pharmacy, because it’s definitely here. Said to wait a week after that and then get the RSV vax.

Hubby and I caught Covid in the summer and were quite miserable for a couple of weeks. Fortunately my husband was about 24 hours behind me in getting sick, so he was able to go to the pharmacy and pick up the Rx for Paxlovid for both of us. There’s something called a “Paxlovid rebound” where you feel better and then relapse. Why they don’t just call it an expected relapse I do not know, but we both experienced it.

I’m grateful this was the first time and grateful there’s medicine. Do the usual — chicken soup, tea, lots of fluids and rest.

I hope I get the new vax today.

As for RSV, I caught that last December and was never so sick in my life. Think of everything you ever read about whooping cough. I can hardly wait to get the vax for that.

Get well soon — may your whole household be healthy.


Crunchy Frog

(26,738 posts)
22. I think we may have had RSV last spring.
Wed Nov 15, 2023, 02:51 PM
Nov 2023

It was something really nasty that wasn't covid. One of my sons brought it home from school, and was mildly ill for a few days. My mom and I were both sick as dogs for weeks with deep, phlegmy coughs that seemed to hang on forever.

Hopefully the covid won't be nearly as bad.

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