After weeks of being sick and getting steadily worse and worse, I was finally able to get tested for COVID-19 as a part of the community spread options they had. My symptoms fit what a lot of people recovering were saying. The testing itself was not as bad as I thought it would be. I looked it up and it showed them shoving essentially a q-tip up your nose as far as the back of your throat. I had had a test a few years ago for whooping cough and I remember that as being pretty unpleasant and because of the sinus issues I have been having I was really dreading the test but it was not bad at all.
After getting ahold of my family doctor via phone and him prescribing antibiotics again I was a little hesitant to take them as I had taken so much of them at the end of last year (almost 3 months on them) and so I talked to my pharmacist on the phone and he suggested that the symptoms met the criteria for COVID-19 and suggested I call 811 (our telehealth network) so I did and they agreed that the symptoms and timeline fit and that I should be tested. I got the call the next day to go to the hospital in Digby and get tested.
They asked that anyone being tested wear a mask of some kind or have a cloth or facecloth with them to put over their mouth and nose, we had some new dusk masks that had never been opened so I used one of them. You can not get N95 masks here anywhere, I am assuming that is the same for most places. Once I got there they had me hold my health card up to the glass while the receptionist took down my info so they didn’t have to touch anything and they were behind a glass, then I took a seat.
Every second seat was blocked off with tape and a sign saying not to sit there, I am assuming the ER is like that as well in the waiting room upstairs. They had it in a completely separate area of the hospital with its own separate entrance. I was surprised it was even in Digby actually because last I heard people from our area had to drive to Yarmouth or Kentville depending on where they sent them. The nurse came out and brought me into the room. She told me most people didn’t tolerate the test well and complained it hurt or even had nosebleeds after. I had neither pain or a nosebleed and since I had had a few nosebleeds over the few days before I was a bit surprised, but she did not seem to go back very far, did both sides and also did the back of my throat separately.
It took 48 hours or so to get the results back and thankfully for me they were negative so I am able to go back to what everyone else has to do and just do social distancing and all the other precautions because for a few days Eddie and I both had to remain 100% in quarantine until we got the results back (from the day I had the test until the day I had the results, previously I had been told that I did not have to quarantine fully because it was just a cold and couldn’t be COVID-19 as there was no community spread.
I isolated myself as much as possible before I was told to quarantine anyways though and was not coming into contact with anyone but Eddie as much to protect others as myself in as I did not want to give someone a bad cold or flu at a time when it would make them more vulnerable to something like this (I wasn’t sure what it was but now I believe it was a combo of a cold, sinus infection and maybe even a bit of a respiratory infection unrelated to COVID-19).
When I got the call with the results the public health nurse who was a nurse practitioner agreed with my doctor that as it had been so long and with the inability to get x-rays right now unless admitted that I should take the antibiotics so here I am again on another round of antibiotics but at least I do not have COVID-19. That being said I was told to watch my symptoms and call back if it seemed like it went away completely and then came back again as it might then actually be COVID-19. So for that reason, Eddie and I decided he would continue not working and take two weeks off from the first day so that I can get better in hopes that if he does work and end up bringing it home I would have a better chance of fighting it since I would not already have a respiratory illness which with diabetes and asthma.
I know asthma does not mean I have a compromised immune system but diabetes can make me more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections. Fibromyalgia according to many sources, including my doctor does not affect your immune system and does not make you more susceptible or compromise your immune system in any way. Other sources say it does. Honestly, I have no idea what to believe I just know I get colds, flu, and infections easily whether they are viral or bacterial but with the diagnosis of diabetes maybe that makes more sense? I am not sure. If there are other underlying health issues there that I don’t know about then I suppose they could be an issue as well.
Either way. I don’t have COVID-19 at this moment in time so that’s what I need to concentrate on and be thankful for that as I was concerned about the pre-symptom days and the people I came into contact with, and their safety. At least that is not an issue.