My Experience with Covid 19

On 17 January 2022, at 3:45 am, my body shivered as if I was laying outside on a freezing night. But that wasn’t the case, I was inside the bed enjoying the comfort of a warm blanket.

A day before, during the afternoon, I could feel some glitch in my throat. I was supervising soil investigation work and was busy at the site, Baneshwor, Kathmandu and hence was not much bothered by it. I had a hectic week cause I had to finish a report of the previous site (Dillibazaar) and had to plan quickly for another site.

Because of this, I was quite away from social media and the news. I had heard about the Omicron variant and its number rising steeply in the country from my parents. Despite following effective-tested precautionary measures like wearing masks and social distancing, while working in the field, sometimes unconsciously it got neglected. Maybe because of this, the virus got me.

As soon as I realized that I had a fever, I knew I had the virus. My wife was sleeping next to me, and I was pretty sure that the virus had gotten her too. Then my attention shifted towards the work that was going on. I had to hand over the data that I was taking and instruct someone for the same. I went to the site and while returning, on the way, I gave a PCR test and after about 5 hrs of giving my swab samples, my result came Positive.

The whole day my fever ranged from 101-103 F. I had taken paracetamol 500 mg in the morning and the afternoon but it did not work. In the night, before going to bed, I took two tablets of 500 mg and it worked its wonders. The fever dropped and I was all in sweat. The leg that have been hurting me all day long began to slowly recover. I was quickly asleep but the sleep wasn’t as smooth as it used to be.

The next day, I had head pain and had started to cough. It continued for the next day as well, with a runny nose. My appetite for food which was lost was slowly coming back on the 4th day. I felt quite well on the 7th day but a little weakness remained which I think is normal.

As I was recovering gradually, my wife started showing symptoms. She suffered more than me. Fever wasn’t much high on her case but it was observed intermediately. She had horrible body pain. She showed different symptoms, in stages. One after the other, but the cough lasted quite a while. Even on the 10th day, she was coughing, but slowly it went away.

Luckily, the virus did not catch my parents. We had isolated ourselves from the day that I started showing symptoms. I and my wife look after each other in turn. I thought of other people who were suffering but did not have a warm place to live in cold winter. I thought of homeless, had they got Covid? How did they cope? How must have old people suffered?

A few months before, I had been to Rautahat for soil investigation works, and I noticed that no one wore masks. One morning, I went to a local tea shop and I had chat with the shopkeeper. I asked him how Covid had hit the area. He told me that, Covid is just a hoax. It’s normal to have a cold, cough, and fever. Further, he told the ones who stayed at home and drank hot water got cured but the ones who went to the hospital, frightened, were dead. I just smiled and left the place. Such is the scenario of our country.   

In the end, for me, it ended well. Omicron provided natural immunity. Had it been Delta variant, the situation might have been worse. I felt gratitude for the family and home that I possessed.  

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