Covid came to the world over two years ago, and many people’s guard has been down.
I was cautious with my health since I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s large B-cell lymphoma stage IV and received aggressive chemotherapy “Epoch,” which calls red devil.
Because of Covid, I saw limited people, did not go many places, and only offered classes online and outdoors.
But I got Covid three weeks ago.
I had a high fever, headache, dizziness, cough, and nausea.
The fever took about ten days, but I was too weak for another ten days.
Finally, I am getting better now.
Blood cancer directly affects making antibodies. I had low antibodies to fight Covid because I had lymphoma, one of the blood cancers.
Also, I received aggressive chemotherapy “Epoch,” I have been getting blood tests resulting in low red and white blood cells and low platelets, which has not been issued in everyday life, but not fighting Covid.
I received chemotherapy because I realized holistic medicine and macrobiotic approaches could not stop growing cancer quickly enough. I received Epoch Chemotherapy because the cancer was advanced.
I post some blogs during my treatments. Here is one.
One year after I received the chemotherapy, I got in remission and had been able to live my life comfortably.
The following year will be the five-year mark which is a big goal.
My oncologist Dr. Mead told me that my blood tests showed minor issues: low platelets etc., which have been a little low after Epoch chemotherapy, and she also said it is not an issue for me to worry, so rest when I am tired and keep up what I have been doing to nurture myself.
Dr. Mead does not understand macrobiotics or holistic medicine and modalities, but she has always been supportive and never judged what I practice.
I consult with her if there is concern about what I am doing with my diet, medicinal herbs, or supplements.
I heard that blood cancer, like lymphoma, has no or low antibodies to fight Covid even after vaccinations.
I was extra careful, but unfortunately, my husband got Covid at work on September 3rd, and I got it on September 5th.
He had a fever, nasal mucus, stuffed nose, sore throat, joint pain, and cough, but it improved after five days. I had a fever for about ten days, a cough, headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue and joint pain. I could not eat much for two weeks, so I lost weight and became too weak. I could not even speak much, could not write and read.
Even watching TV/Movies were not fun because of headache.
Usually, when I get sick, I write, but I could not even write till now.
The three weeks had been so challenging, discouraging, and lonely.
It was time for me to be my best friend once again.
I acknowledge my feeling sucked, down, discouraged, frustrated, setback, and disappointed.
I noticed that I wanted to blame someone or something.
I was so careful and did not see many people for a long time.
I did not like myself and anybody.
Only what helped me was my cats and dogs, who just lay next to me. They were quiet and looked at me. “Mommy, just rest; we are here with you till you get better!”
When my fever went down after ten days, I could go to the outside garden to see how my trees, plants, and flowers were doing.
They were happy to see me and told me they had been waiting for me.
I planted some of the trees 37 years ago when I moved here.
They looked strong, smiled at me, and said, ” We are here for you like you are here for us!”
I remember when I came back to life after three days of coma when I had a near-death car crash, the first thing I wanted to see was the sky, sun, and trees/plants.
There is power great than me is there with nature.
I appreciate my husband, Eric, for caring about me when I get sick, but this time he got Covid too.
His fever went down for five days, but he did not feel better for at least seven days.
I did my best to care for him for the first two days very carefully before I got sick. But I think I was already exposed to Covid before his symptoms came out.
I found out later he was not wearing his mask at work; I was shocked and upset with him, but I could not tell him.
I was too fatigue to speak. I also did not know what/how to tell him. I know he did not mean to get Covid and gave it to me.
I kept that feeling for two weeks and contacted my therapist. It was good to tell how I was feeling to someone. I also shared my feeling with Cancer Support Community meeting on Zoom.
I was able to share my feeling with my husband. He promised to wear his mask at work no matter what, and now he is also taking a shower when he comes home.
After communicating with my husband, my negative feelings are lifted. I felt much better and could eat more, and I started noticing that I was recovering from Covid.
Today was the first day I felt so much better and had almost no headache, so here I am writing.
Writing always helps me sort out my feelings and release/detox unwanted emotions during a crisis.
I went to my garden and saw birds (doves, hummingbirds, and many little birds), butterflies, caterpillars, spiders, grasshoppers, squirrels, and ants.
I am grateful for recovering from Covid, another health challenge, and for writing my blog.
Here is the list of how I care myself:
- Rest, rest, and sleep
- Cuddle dogs/cats family and communicate with them
- Miso scallion remedy and Daikon ginger for fever
- Tofu plaster and Cabbage leaves for forehead to reduce fever
- Loquat leaves body scrub and cool towel compress
- Lotus root tea for cough
- Echinacea tea
- Lemon, ginger, turmeric, and sea salt remedy
- Elderberry tea
- Mullen, Mashmallow, Astragalus, and Nettle tea
- Foot bath, massage my feet and hands
- Homeopathic medicine
- Acknowledge my feelings, especially not to denial of my negative emotions: sad, lonely, fear of not getting better, overwhelmed, and anger
- Bach Flower remedies
- No socialization to talk to most of people ( I was too fatigued to speak)
- Meditation (mostly laying down)
- Be a best friend to me
- Laydown outside to receive a little Sun Vitamin D
- Talk to my therapist
- Share at self-support group (Cancer Support Community)
- Let my husband know my feelings
- I did not have an appetite, so I ate comfort foods(rice cream with nori tsukudani condiment, pancakes, melon, berries, steamed cake etc.)
- Contact my doctor and took blood tests
- Took supplements of Chlorophyll, Vitamin C, D, and Standard Process of Echinacea Premium, Epimune Complex, and Andrographis Complex
- Stay in my garden to connect with nature
- Walk outside little bit with dogs when I felt I could walk