My Personal Covid Experience

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My Covid Experience 

I’m on day 8 of my quarantine, I finally feel a little more like myself.  This past week has been interesting for sure, some strange symptoms, mild flu like stuff, fatigue, pressure headache, scratching in my chest, freezing cold feet (felt like I was always wearing wet socks?!). I know I shouldn’t complain, it could’ve been much worse, and I’m very thankful to be feeling better.  

Stress Decreased My Immune System

After a week of stress, finding out my mom has breast cancer and was having surgery, millions of texts and phone calls with my sisters and Dad, I lost a lot of sleep, I cried, and felt a range of emotions. My immune system was sent into a spiraling crash.  

So, when I had a headache last Friday, I simply wrote it off as just being part of what was going on. Then Saturday came and I went for a run in the morning and almost immediately after felt a crash of energy and the return of the headache. That night I was rudely awakened by severe nausea, now I was pretty sure I was getting sick with something, but still couldn’t be sure it wasn’t just a result of my stress. Sunday continued with nausea and some serious fatigue.

Tested Positive

I decided to go get tested for Covid. I was planning to head home to Indiana to see my Mom since she was coming home from the hospital. I couldn’t believe it when the test came back positive!  

Symptoms

What a week, first the news of my mom, now this! What luck. As the week continued, I still wasn’t sleeping the greatest. My nausea lasted until Wednesday, but I continued to be super tired. Just walking a short distance or doing some light cleaning felt like it took all I had to do. I just wanted to sleep.  

My feet were so cold. I run cold most of the time, so having cold hands and feet is nothing new, but the feeling that I constantly had wet socks on was a new one. Most of the time I wore 2 pairs of socks and tucked my feet into a blanket and sometimes that didn’t even help! 

There was also a scratchiness in my chest. I would describe it as someone taking their nails on the inside of the left side of my chest and scratching at it, it wasn’t painful, just always there and worse at night. Thankfully, I really didn’t get much of a cough, for a couple of nights I would wake up and cough a few times, take a drink of water and go back to sleep, so weird!  

What did I do to get over it? 

Like many viruses, I think this one just had to run its course. I did however try my best to push the recovery along as fast as possible.  

Rest.  

I really didn’t have much of a choice because I was so tired and couldn’t do much else. I spent the first couple of days mostly in bed. I rested for a few more. I took a short walk every day, but would often feel lightheaded and dizzy by the end. I know it’s important to move around a little, but not over doing it was key. I tried to be aware of what my body was telling me, when I needed to sleep, I slept. 

Hydrate 

I was constantly drinking something, water, tea, ginger ale, and mineral water, I was trying to flush out the virus as quickly as possible. I found this immune boosting tea really soothing for my nausea and the hot tea helped keep me somewhat warm.  

Nutrition 

I didn’t have much of an appetite the first few days, but soup I could tolerate. I ate chicken noodle, tomato, and chicken tortilla all which helped make me feel a little better. For breakfast my husband would make smoothies and although I wasn’t really hungry in the mornings, I drank them for their nutritional benefits. Overall, I kept things on the light side, but continued to eat because I knew it was important if I wanted to fight off this nasty stuff! 

Supplements 

I’ll start off with saying, I’m just sharing which supplements I used, please seek your doctor’s advice before using any supplements. I always take a whole food vitamin for everyday health maintenance. I added VS-C to help boost my immune system and feel like it really helped. Although I had a headache, I avoided taking anything, I chose to diffuse my peppermint oil and place a drop on my temples and back of my neck. I love peppermint oil! 

Speaking of essential oils, I diffused OnGuard in hopes of keeping my family healthy while living with me. It may or may not have had anything to do with it, but all 3 of them tested negative! I did my best to stay away, and keep things clean and separate, but living together that’s next to impossible. I can’t wait to hug and kiss on them again soon! 2 more days! 

Changes to Metronome Wellness

Changing Directions

Metronome Wellness is Changing directions. I’ve been trying to figure out how to proceed with this blog and my interest in health coaching. The pandemic really put me in shut down mode. I was already losing motivation due to lack of response to my efforts. With 2 kids at home all the time, and my husband always working from home, I found little time to focus on this. And quite frankly just felt a little depressed about what was going on in the world.  

Motivation

Fast forward 10 months, I feel a spark. Here I am coming out on the other side of having Covid, with a family member recently being diagnosed with breast cancer, I see a little clearer now what I envision for this blog. I hope to make this a journey of my family’s overall well-being, and attempt at disease prevention and maintenance.  

Me

As a health coach, you’d think my family and I’d always be eating healthy and exercising, following some sort of regimen, a good bit of the time, yes, but we can do better. Our diet needs to improve, I’ve been somewhat relaxed with what we eat, thinking that I didn’t want to stress out over anything else. I’ve been struggling with digestive issues, acne, and recently sleep issues, all things that I know can be resolved with lifestyle changes.  

My Children

I have a 10-year-old who’s had allergies for years, and a 12-year-old daughter who recently has started getting breakouts herself. We are going to find out what dietary changes work to help improve their issues as well.  

My Husband

Then there’s my husband, he’s been struggling with high blood pressure and until just yesterday (when he let me see his “My Chart”) I wasn’t too worried, but without going into too much detail, he needs to do some work! He also has a family history of heart disease so he needs to make some changes fast! And I want to work now to prevent this disease from affecting our children.  

Goals

Working in cardiology for 20 years, I can’t believe that I’ve let it go as long as I have. He’s made some positive changes, but to be quite honest, there’s so much more we, as a family, should be doing to support him. I have hounded him on his eating, sleeping, and drinking habits, provided him supplements, but there must be a better approach and I intend to find and share it! The goal is to get him off of blood pressure medicine!  

I know none of this is going to be easy, but I hope that somewhere, somehow, we can inspire and motivate others!  

Protein Pancakes

Are you looking for something simple, healthy, and quick to make for breakfast? My daughter makes these amazing protein pancakes. She loves to bake and thankfully is health conscious like her Mommy. She comes up with delicious, satisfying, healthy recipes that the whole family loves and doesn’t have to feel guilty about eating. This is just one of the many we enjoy. I plan to have her write down more as she makes them so we can share them with you all! I hope you enjoy!

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Protein Pancakes (gf)

Simple banana, peanut butter, protein pancakes that are gluten free! They are easy to make and delicious with fruits, chocolate chips, maple syrup, or just plain!
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of oats or gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of protein powder
  • 1 large1 banana
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor.
  • Next, heat the stove and spray a pan with cooking spray or coat with butter.
  • Pour around 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan, wait for the batter to bubble a bit, and flip.
  • Top with anything you want (fruit, chocolate chips, maple syrup, etc.) and enjoy!

This is by far our most used appliance! We make smoothies every morning usually with the blender cups. The food processor is great for all the baking my daughter likes to do! We’ve used it daily for over a year and it hasn’t missed a beat! I highly recommend it if you’re in the market for a new blender or food processor.