Miss D. and I continue to recover from our extended bout with COVID-19. She's been largely symptom-free for eight days, but I'm not doing so well. Two nights ago I began running a fever. Yesterday morning, three readings an hour apart showed 100.4°, 99.6° and 99.8° (all temperatures Fahrenheit, of course). I also had (and still have) an abnormally elevated pulse rate. I'm still running a fever, 36 hours later: a few minutes ago, it was 100.2°.
I've gone back onto the prophylactic treatment for flu symptoms, just to make it easier to breathe, and I've begun taking a "cocktail" of Azithromycin and Doxycycline, which is the recommended combination for symptoms of pneumonia (one of the known risks of COVID-19 after initial recovery). I'm very grateful that as part of our general emergency preparations, a couple of years ago, I laid in a small supply of commonly used antibiotics. I therefore had them available when I needed them, without having to go out to a pharmacy to get them, or expose others to infection to deliver them. I hope most of you have done likewise; if you haven't, consider this a wake-up call to do something about it.
If my fever hasn't broken by later today (Thursday), I'll see a doctor for a checkup; but we all know what's wrong, so that's a bit superfluous. All they'll do is recommend that I take exactly what I'm taking. If the post-nasal drip becomes worse, or I start coughing up large quantities of phlegm, I'll be heading for the hospital, because those will be warning signs of what they call a cytokine storm. One of our friends has already spent five days in hospital with that, and didn't enjoy it one little bit. (He's at home now, recovering.) I don't want to take the risk of developing what they're calling PASC, which is basically a collection of long-term debilitating consequences of COVID-19.
So, friends, be warned. Just because you get over the initial attack of COVID-19, and appear to be recovering, is no guarantee that it won't sneak up on you again. I'd be grateful for prayers from those of you who are so inclined, and I'll keep you posted on developments.