May 16, 2020
Not feeling well. Very fatigued. Headache. Dry cough. Difficulty breathing. Sore throat and an odd temperature drop to 96.2. I was not sure what I had, but I knew what I didn't have. I didn't have a cold. I didn't have the flu.
May 17, 2020
Experiencing the same symptoms as day 1 but only on a greater scale. Sleeping for 12hrs at a stretch. I could no longer walk from the bedroom to the kitchen with out stopping to rest and to catch my breath.
May 18, 2020
Feeling better. Coughing less. Temperature back to normal. Still dealing with fatigue and long stretches' of sleeping 10 to 12 hours. I didn't do a COVID test, because I didn't think it was necessary at the time. I had it. It wasn't that bad. I got over it quickly.
May 19, 2020
Oddly, and suddenly I developed intermittent gallbladder pain. I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years. I have not had beef or pork for over 40 years. I don't eat bad fats. I do eat olive oil, coconut oil, flax oil and vegan butter. I eat very little junk food. Pre-CV19 I was in good health. Out my door at 5am to walk up and down the hill I live on, 5 days a week, at a good pace, for 3 miles, with Big Sis. Each day that passed, the pain got worse. For the next 17 days I only consumed liquids, hoping it would help. No change.
June 5, 2020
Finally on day 18 of chronic pain, I visited a Surgeon.
June 10, 2020
On day 23 I went in for an Ultrasound. Results? No stones. No Sludge. GB appeared to be healthy. Therefore, I kept thinking I could solve the problem with diet and lifestyle changes....NOT....
June 29, 2020
On day 40 of chronic pain I went in for surgery. My gallbladder was sent to pathology. No Stones. No Sludge. No Cancer. No pathology..... Except - large amounts of scar tissue due to major inflammation for 40 days. Why, would a normal, very healthy gallbladder become so inflamed after having CV19 for only 3 days?
I'm attributing it to the inflammatory nature of CV19. The Surgeon and Pathologist couldn't say for sure, because by the time I was facing surgery I was post CV19 and tested negative, but there was no other explanation. I'm glad it was my gallbladder and not my lungs or heart. However, my Brain...well...that's a different story.
Now, they have terms like Long COVID - Long-Haulers and Post COVID Syndrome.
"More studies will shed light on why these stubborn health problems persist in some people. They could be due to organ damage, a persistent inflammatory or autoimmune response or another reason." - HopkinsMedicine.org
"But what’s curious is that it seems post-COVID-19 syndrome is not just afflicting people who were very sick with the coronavirus. Patients who were never severely ill are coming to the clinic and saying that their lives are different now,” Brigham says."
Well, I'm glad to know it's not just me.
According to the CDC, the most common lasting symptoms are fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain and chest pain. Other issues include cognitive problems, difficulty concentrating, depression, muscle pain, headache, rapid heartbeat and intermittent fever.
After recovery from CV19 my short-term memory was definitely an issue! While it has improved over time, I still have random 'Brain Fart's".
(Side note...Did you know that the term "Brain Fart" is in the dictionary?) According to the Mcmillian dictionary, it is defined as "an occasion when for a short time you cannot remember something or think clearly... (Unlike a blog post, when you have a brain fart on camera, everyone can see it.")
Yup - I had lots of brain farts in the early recovery phrase. It has improved to the point where my memory is sort of normal most of the time, or may take a few seconds of delay before it pulls up what it is that I need to recall.
It's obvious that some people have serious repercussions with CV19. There are a lot of well educated and experienced Medical Doctors that are speaking out on the survivability of CV19 if caught early, as well as the natural, or near natural protocols that strengthen and/or support the immune systems ability to conquer it if one starts early enough.
So, I am going to share with you what I did to support my body in it's fight. It's possible that my immune system would have been successful without these things, but perhaps they helped my body to recover quicker or perhaps it reduced its impact or physical damage.
If you have managed to avoid CV19 you might want to have these on hand to boost your immune system and/or take them if you start to get sick. Even if it's just a simple cold. However, I can't prove that these 4 supplements were what helped to keep the virus relatively mild. But, considering the level of inflammation in my body, I am inclined to think that they prevented things from getting worse.
Devil's Claw - anti-inflammatory
Zinc - immune booster
Isotonic Vit. C - Immune booster
Isotonic Vitamin D - Immune booster & an aid to reduce inflammation
SuperTonic (homemade using Dr. Shultz's recipe) This is something that I recommend you always have to have on hand in your medicine cabinet. If you don't want to make your own it can be purchased from American Botanical's. It takes a month, 3 weeks at minimum, to make a potent concoction. Once you bottle it, it will last for years because it's too knurly for any bacteria to survive in it.
In addition to the above, I also take supplements that for cognitive support and immune support. Such as:
Below are the photos of the GB removal. The yellow seen in the upper photo surrounding the GB is scar tissue caused by major inflammation. MD said the inflammation caused the GB to fuse itself to my liver. Bottom photo is the area they had to slice away from the liver.
Cover Photo by: Alexandra_Koch / Pixabay