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Question of the Week: How are you feeling today?

How do you feel?

Good morning! My #smlquestionoftheweek for you today is: How are you feeling today? Well, I actually I have a few more questions that go along with that. Have you been sick recently? Were you tested for COVID, strep, or the flu? What were the results? What did you do or are you doing to get through? Maybe you don't have a virus. Are you sad, overwhelmed, or angry instead?

My family illness

The reason I ask is because my family and I have been sick for over a month. I had a cold for about a week. With that, I was very dizzy and had an upset stomach and a sore throat. The day after that started with me, my husband started coughing. We waited the recommended period before being tested for COVID on January 2nd. The tests came back negative.

A few days after having the COVID tests, on January 6th, I had to take my husband to Urgent Care because his cough was relentless. I was actually feeling better but started coughing a bit more while I was waiting with him to be seen by a doctor. The next day, my cough started getting worse. In the beginning, I thought my husband and I had the same virus since we had gotten sick within 24 hours of each other and that we simply had different symptoms, which usually happens with us. I soon realized that my cold was a different virus than this coughing virus. By Saturday, January 8th, our son and I were at Urgent Care with the coughing virus. We were tested for COVID again, strep, and the flu. All tests came back negative. 

Everyone was so relieved we didn't have COVID. I know COVID has been bad for many people. I have seen that first hand. But let me tell you, I don't think COVID could have affected my family any worse than this coughing virus has. The cough itself was the worst part. However, the dizziness, vomiting (from excess phlegm in the stomach), headaches, mild fevers, chills, body aches, sore teeth and gums (from coughing so hard I guess), sore, dry skin (I think because the body was using all the moisture in our bodies to fight this virus), extreme thirst, loss of taste, smell, and energy really took its toll. This was a very strange virus. The lack of a runny nose was perhaps the strangest part of all. 

Seeking healing and "normal"

On top of the virus, I was trying to sanitize the house, keep the laundry washed up, and keep everyone fed so we could have as much energy as possible and heal faster. We didn't heal fast; that's for sure. But we still needed our nourishment, lots of liquids, clean clothes, and a sanitized house. Ü 

Because of the low energy, watching our favorite TV shows was even a challenge. We were just too tired to enjoy them. But I think some of the "normal" is helpful in the healing process as well. So, the night time TV shows were the "normal" that I felt we could do. 

Hope in the future

Where we do feel much better today, and we have actually slept well for a few nights lately, the cough is still hanging on. Now, I'm trying to cheer us through the lingering remnants of this virus with future, rare TV we will get to enjoy. The remainder of the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl, Winter Olympics, and March Madness! I feel like next week, we will be able to get back to our exercise routines as well - slowly, of course. 

Leave a comment below or below any of our other Questions of the Week! I want to know how you're feeling and how you're handling life right now - mentally, physically, internally, externally. Praying for God to shower his blessings on you, your loved ones, and your friends. Take care. 

How do you feel today
Image courtesy of Chang Duong via Unsplash


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