But the coof finally caught up to me. It started on Day 1 with some post nasal drip, mild fatigue, and a sore throat. No big deal, but I knew I was coming down with something.

Day 2, and I woke up to discover that I had a stuffy nose and my throat hurt so bad I couldn’t swallow. After some cold water and Ibuprofen, it eased up enough that I figured it was a mild cold.

Day 3 was more fatigue, congestion, and a mild cough. Dayquil worked fine. I took a home COVID test and it was negative. I was tired and fatigued, so I spent a good bit of the day napping before going to bed early with a dose of Nyquil.

Day 4: I went to work and pulled a 12 hour shift. I felt slightly under the weather, but still not too bad. I have had far worse. Symptoms to this point were mild fatigue, a runny nose, and a mild, non-productive cough. I went to bed at midnight with Nyquil and Robitussin. I didn’t sleep well.

I woke early on Day 5 (at 0430) because I couldn’t breathe. I sat up in a chair, eating Vick’s cough drops like candy. That and some extra strength Robitussin DM seemed to work. A second at home COVID test of a different brand also showed negative. I slept on the couch for a good bit of the afternoon before getting up to take a shower. I was shaving when I realized that I couldn’t smell the Vick’s shower tablet. Then I realized I couldn’t smell anything- not my soap, shaving cream, nothing.

My wife and I did some experimenting. I couldn’t even smell Vick’s Vaporub when it was rubbed on my upper lip. The only thing that I could smell (very faintly) was vinegar. That’s when I knew. COVID.

It’s now day nine, and I have spent the last few days sleeping in the recliner, coughing up large amounts of mucous. It feels like I am breathing through a straw. That and fatigue are the only remaining symptoms. Even my senses of taste and smell came back after two days.

My wife doesn’t think that it is COVID, mostly because the home tests say that it isn’t. I don’t want to take an official test, because my job would require me to quarantine for 14 days. Regardless, my wife woke up with a sore throat this morning, so now it appears as though she has it.

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Lori · March 23, 2022 at 8:50 am

As a data point, I think you said you were vaccinated right?

    Divemedic · March 23, 2022 at 10:43 am


Jonathan · March 23, 2022 at 9:19 am

There are other diseases that can cause a loss of smell, besides CVD. Also, have you looked up the reliability of the at home test? Does it trend towards false positives or negatives? Unfortunately, while that info *should* be easy to find, it probably isn’t.

I may have had, but I didn’t get tested. I haven’t been and don’t plan to be; to me this should be treated like any other disease and not treated as the end of the world.

    Divemedic · March 23, 2022 at 11:16 am

    I know other diseases can cause loss of smell and taste, but I work in a hospital where I have near constant contact with patients who are COVID positive. That makes COVID the most likely culprit.
    My guess is that the home tests aren’t reliable and I’m getting a false negative.
    I’ve had far worse illnesses. I just don’t enjoy being ill. Who does?

Tom from East Tennessee · March 23, 2022 at 9:41 am

Feel better! I got it a few months ago when my (vaccinated) Dad got it and I picked it up from him.
I did ivermectin and HCQ (called that “telemedicine doctor” in central FL for Rx). In my case I don’t think they hurt but I couldn’t tell if it helped much. I wasn’t super intense sick, but I was sick (going by the fever thermometer) for 2 1/2 weeks which would be quite a long time for a regular cold.
I usually take a bunch of daily vitamins anyway but upped the ones I was short on, and added Zinc also on some people’s recommendations.
Don’t know if any of that might help and perhaps you’re already doing it, but for what it’s worth. (And you probably have a different strain of whatever anyway) I sympathize about the smell (and taste surely, too). A couple days into being sick I thought my coffee stash had gone bad somehow, until I realized my sense of taste was dinged. For a few weeks after that, coffee (and everything else that I liked) smelled and tasted bad. Losing a comfort item to the coof like coffee is a big one!

StBernard · March 23, 2022 at 10:03 am

When I was about day 2 as you relate, I hit the Ivermectin as per Ann Barnhart? In grape juice, 3 times, every other day. I’ve been through this twice now. By the 5th day I was feeling nearly normal. I take a multi vitamin, another d3, zinc, querciten, daily, & ivermectin w/ juice once a week. No more problems, (Thank You Lord). I’ll be 74 tomorrow. Don’t need the crud.

Toastrider · March 23, 2022 at 10:48 am

Hell, a good solid cold can screw up your sense of taste and smell. I was in that situation once; my predilection for spicy foods dates from then.

JaimeInTexas · March 23, 2022 at 10:54 am

When my throat starts to feel a little “scratchy” I drink soda water with quinine. All I can say is that, at least, it seems to help me sooth my throat. I also like to drink a lot of freshly squeezed lemonade and make hot teas with a steep a rind of orange or grapefruit.
I am 62 yo and I blame my tonsils for making my throat susceptible to whatever. Also, I am un-jabbed.
Wishing you and wifey a speedy recovery.

Will · March 23, 2022 at 10:58 am

Hope you are up and at ’em soon.

Borepatch · March 23, 2022 at 12:25 pm

TQOTW and I had it a couple months back, and fatigue was the biggest part for me. No loss of smell, but the test came back positive almost instantly.

Good luck and hope you feel better. Good bourbon helps. šŸ˜‰

Ivan Mectman · March 23, 2022 at 1:05 pm

Can not speak highly enough of the “horse dewormer”

Jimbo from Ohio · March 23, 2022 at 3:49 pm

You’re possibly well along the progression of COVID or possibly cold or flu. In any vent, start taking Vitamin C (2000 – 4000 mg per day), Vitamin D (5000 IU per day) and Zinc (as zinc gluconate – 50 mg per day, start with 2 capsules a day for 3-4 days, then one capsule). If you can track it down, get yourself a supplement called “quercetin”. It’s an “ionophore”, acts like HCQ does, gets the zinc ions into your cells quickly where it kills off the virus in no time. My source for quercetin is Swanson Vitamins (see their Internet page). I’ve been taking this combination for 2+ years and have had NO COVID symptoms or even cold or flu, and I haven’t had the jab for either COVID or flu. This stuff works!!!

Jimbo from Ohio · March 23, 2022 at 3:52 pm

BTW – I didn’t check the earlier comments before posting, but Tom from East Tenn, StBernard and Ivan are on the money with what they’re taking.
Good stuff guys!! ;^)

Eric Wilner · March 23, 2022 at 3:54 pm

Interesting that reported case numbers plummeted just after mass distribution of the home test kits got underway.
Hypothesis 1: people who test positive at home aren’t reporting it.
Hypothesis 2: the tests aren’t very sensitive.
Either way, VICTORY!
… Or maybe we’re seeing, or rather not seeing, the long-awaited Double Secret Omegacron Variant, which has extremely nonspecific symptoms or none at all and which doesn’t show up on the tests.
Anyway, best wishes for recovery.

Rub · March 23, 2022 at 5:04 pm

Meanwhile in Australia we continue with full retard. Vaccine passports, vaccine mandates just to work, and if you want to leave the country you have to apply for permission from the federal government with a very good reason.
Full. Retard.

Skyler the Weird · March 23, 2022 at 5:11 pm

I finally got tabbed in February with wife and son. Had fever cough and mucous for about a week. Still was able to work in misery from home. Lost 20 pounds. Waited too late for the invermectin but had been taking zinc vitamin D Vitamin c and wormwood tea.

With my blood pressure and bmi I thought it would be worse but aside from being exhausted I was OK. I have not taken the jab.

-rightwingterrorist · March 23, 2022 at 6:20 pm

I do believe that we’re close to the same age.
Which makes us basically in the 99% who will survive this. Much like the common flu.
I got pretty sick March of 20. Hit me fast and hard from about a day or two. My parents showed up so I ended up building a split rail fence and also remodeled my kitchen. All while sick. Then coughed and hacked for about a month. Guessing that was H1N1.
Haven’t really been sick since.
This last winter where everyone who had been clot shotted up, then tested, tested positive.
I feel sorta shitty, mostly snotty and a bit of dry cough. Hit the ivermectin, bit c,d, and zinc hard.
In two days it was done.
I mostly work on the road, 12/7. Smoke, and drink.
Besides that in good shape for my years.
Oh yeah, don’t wear a mask or follow any of the made up rules, including getting shot up.

Take it or leave it.

    -rightwingterrorist · March 23, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Ah shit, forgot to say get well.

JebTexas · March 23, 2022 at 6:22 pm

OMG, that was EXACTLY the timing & progression of my own bout with the coof a month ago. I had 3 free at-home tests, two hit positive & 1 hit negative. Thought I was recovered, went back to work for 1 day. Woke up choking. Lost all sense of smell. Got it back before I was fully recovered. Dang man, that identical symptom shizzit is eerie.

joe · March 23, 2022 at 6:42 pm

hope you and wife feel better DM…

D · March 23, 2022 at 8:57 pm

Damn. Lots of good questions asked. I appreciate your openness about medical issues. It helps to have a trusted viewpoint from someone in the field. Get well soon…so you can take care of the Mrs. šŸ˜‰

McChuck · March 24, 2022 at 5:28 am

And yet you still went to work sick.
Some people…

Anonymous · March 24, 2022 at 9:17 pm

Glad you’re feeling better, hope the wife is on the mend, too!

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