Disclosure: what I am about to share is NOT intended as medical advice or to supercede any advice you are given by your chosen medical professional. It is intended only to share with you what I did upon becoming ill.
It was a video put out by a woman who call herself Patriot Nurse, where I first learned of the coronavirus, aka COVID 19.
At the time it was still in primarily in China but the thinking was it would spread. I think this was around late January 2020.
At the time I already had a trip planned with tickets purchased; I wasn’t too concerned at that time.
However, as the day approached for my anticipated flight, the disease was spreading. The people who had been quarantined on the cruise ship, in an attempt to stop the spread, were now being released to be taken to their home states and held under quarantine.
My flight was to Utah, and already there was one confirmed case in that state.
Knowing people can be contagious long before showing symptoms of the disease, and understanding how contagious it is, I was, by now, concerned about flying. But I was under the impression if I wore a mask on my face, glasses to shield my eyes and gloves, I should have a fair chance of protecting myself from it.
The day I flew to Utah I wore a cloth mask I had sewn up in the week prior, eyeglasses and a lovely pair of blue cloth gloves that originated from decades back; not only did they protect my hands they matched my outfit beautifully.
Its the flight home, a week later, where I believe I ran into problems.
It was a very busy Saturday at the airport. My flight departed from a wing of the airport where 7 different flights arrived and departed, so the entire hour and a half I waited for my planes departure was spent in that exceedingly busy part of the airport.
While I did wear the face mask, I wanted to crochet, so was not wearing my gloves.
Of the hundreds of people I watched coming, going, and waiting, I saw, at most, a mere handful of people wearing a mask. Yet during my wait I heard numerous coughs and sneezes.
Despite numbers of confirmed cases now in the USA, it would seem the number were low enough people were not yet concerned, with the exception of just a few of us.
Once on the plane I was seated between a younger woman and an older woman. Instead of simply turning off my phone, in my attempt to locate “plane mode” (I don’t use it often), and not thinking, I allowed my younger seatmate to handle my phone in her attempt to help me locate that feature.
This seatmate sporadically coughed the entire flight; she seemed inflicted by a dry, but annoying, cough; despite my mask, because I realized it was loose fitting, I became concerned.
Then 12 days later I became aware of some perplexing symptoms; I began dry coughing; I began feeling fatigued, and I had what I initially thought were some very weird hot flashes; my temperature would spike, but then the feeling of burning would go away; this continued for a couple days then ceased.
Following these initial symptoms things progressed as follows:
I developed a burning in my nostrils followed with a burning pain in the back of my sinuses which progressed to my throat then progressed to my lungs, so that now I had extreme fatigue and a horrendous burning in my lungs both of which lasted for several days.
While experiencing the burning lungs and fatigue I developed bouts of diarrhea. Coinciding with this I became quite nauseous; it reminded me of morning sickness.
Thankfully the nausea ceased after a couple days; I believe due to something I consumed, which I mention forthwith.
I also discovered that while on our daily walk, with my child, I felt like something was binding my chest, squeezing my lungs tightly.
Despite the reprieve of nausea, the pain in my lungs continued, and I developed a significant enough fever to get my attention. I actually only thought to check my temperature because by now, 13 days after noting my first symptoms, my child began showing symptoms enough to warrant my taking her temperature; she too was burning with fever, and beginning to cough.
In the week prior, my child, (who has special needs and is thus primarily non-verbal) had began saying “sick”. However, she is prone to saying this at times when she is not showing any signs of sickness. I had, however, begun to notice she was taking on a “droopy” appearance in the days just prior to my detecting her fever.
Due to our child developing symptoms my spouse came home and took us to urgent care where there was testing for the SARS virus.
Before discussing that event, I’d like to share the protocol I had been taking since first developing symptoms.
After developing a weakness in my lungs after a severe bout of influenza some years prior (the year the H1N1 flu was present) I was highly susceptible to any upper respiratory virus which would leave me ill with a horrible cough for many weeks to follow.
About seven years ago I learned about breathing the steam of eucalyptus oil, and the positive effects it had on respiratory illnesses.
Thus it is, for the past few years any time of feeling the onset symptoms of influenza, I would boil up water, make a tent using a towel and pour some of that water into a glass blow into which I had already placed 3 to 5 drops of eucalyptus oil.
I would proceed to breath, deep into my lungs, the steam produced, which seemed to coat my nose, throat and lungs with the oil.
I found, in doing this, at most I would only develop a minor cough which would clear up quickly, as opposed to the terrible cough of times past; a cough that would wrack my whole body for weeks on end.
So, knowing the Covid 19 (coronavirus) was a respiratory illness, I’d already determined if I were to contract it the first thing I would do is begin breathing eucalyptus steam, particularly given I was hearing there is no known cure for treatment for it, unless it became so severe one was hospitalized. And even then people were dying rapidly.
When I first noted the burning in my nose (and the sneezing that came with it), on a whim, I took a q-tip onto which I put a couple drops of eucalyptus oil and swabbed the inside of both of my nostrils. I used another q-tip and did the same to my special needs child. I experienced a rapid relief of that burning sensation.
As soon as I felt illness going to my lungs I began a daily regimen of breathing the steam. I also had my child breath some, one evening, as a precautionary measure.
Unlike with influenza, this did not cause a complete cessation of the pain and burning in my lungs, but it did serve to temporarily sooth.
More importantly, I found, with the progression of days, I was still able to breath, as opposed to stories I was hearing of people who quickly went into respiratory distress. I still experienced burning and pain, but my lungs could still breath in full breaths of air.
(as a side note, a little over a week ago we were able to acquire a nebulizer machine. From that point on we used this device to nebulize a couple drops of eucalyptus in a solution of colloidal silver. I did the procedure on my child and then on myself, in evenings before going to bed.)
After a couple days of the nausea, I remembered once reading how Colloidal Silver was useful for intestinal distress. Having a weak solution of it which I had previously purchased from Walmart, I took a tablespoon of the stuff, before bed. I was quite pleased to wake the next day with that symptom temporarily abated. While I did have it come back some time later, it was mild by comparison and went away quickly.
The respiratory symptoms, while improving, are still a factor. It’s now April 6th, and I am not fully recovered. Yesterday, about half way into a leisurely walk, around my neighborhood, I began to feel nauseous and fatigued; I had to slow my pace further still, to continue on to my home, where I sat to rest for some time; all of this absolutely not my normal under healthy conditions.
On March 23, the day my husband took us in for testing, I had begun the day by again breathing eucalyptus steam in through my nose and down deep into my lungs.
Research, done within these past few weeks led me to find actual scientific research listing the chemical components of essential oils including eucalyptus oil.
I learned that this old time remedy actually has verifiable chemistry to substantiate that it contains properties which make it anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.
So contrary to those who have suggested to me the use of this substance was merely soothing, I now understand it legitimately, and very likely served to keep the virus from proliferating in my respiratory system.
While it did not completely irradiate the virus, I believe it served to help keep it from overwhelming my immune system.
I believe it also served to reduce inflammation (given it has anti-inflammatory properties).
I learned, just yesterday that it is inflammation that triggers ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) which is what brings people to where they have to receive medical intervention.
The day I was tested I had a fever of 100.4. The swab was jammed up to the top of my nostril so forcefully it felt like it was piercing me. I was informed it would only be submitted IF my tests for the flu came back negative, (which took an hour to process).
They declined to test my child for SARS, as, despite her running a fever just prior to our going in, they stated she was not presently running a fever.
Her fever persisted for the following 12 days; a reality I found alarming, but a call to an RN resulted in my being told to not worry, but that I should see about having her seen within the next couple weeks .
OF the influenza testing, both my and my child’s results came back negative, as I had expected.My child had gotten the flu shot, and I’d already had one type of flu months earlier, and had every confidence THIS was NOT the flu.
On our drive home I suddenly recalled my protocol of earlier in the day, so expressed to my spouse: oh no, I wonder if the eucalyptus oil in my nose will mess up my test results…”
72 hours later I saw the results of my SARS test which stated “not detected”.
Given all my symptoms, this made no sense to me, but a search via varied news resorts from both the US and BBC informed me there is at least a 30% rate of false negatives. The advice is: IF you have the symptoms, you most likely have the virus, so treat yourself accordingly.
Given the duration and severity of the illness both my child and I have suffered, I am of complete confidence we have had/or still have the COVID 19 virus.
So far, we both have survived it!
Given the weakness of my lungs, and my age, I sincerely believe had I not taken the protocol I did take that I, personally, may well have experienced far more severe symptoms. I would expect I could easily have required medical intervention, at the very least.
Given what I know of both my body, and my experience, I believed I was guided and blessed to take the measures I have taken while enduring this illness.
It is only within the last 48 hours that I have not treated myself, and this only because, yesterday I awoke, for the first time, with a cessation of burning in my lungs.