Don’t send people with covid articles that they will have symptoms for years

I appreciate that people are worrying about me but please DO NOT send me articles about people having covid symptoms for life or for years. Don’t tag me either in these type of articles.

These news articles actually give people with covid more anxiety and make us feel down, which then lowers our immunity.

I know people are doing it out of love but please don’t.

COVID IS EXHAUSTING

This is the image of my bed filled with medicine, vitamins, vital monitors, etc.

I have to have all these things next to me since it’s difficult to walk. I tried to push myself more yesterday and walked 20-30 seconds and my heart rate jumped to 165.

What is all this stuff you ask? Well, I have a cooking pot filled with all my essential meds and vitamins, so I have it all in one place. Before I did this, there were a few times when I couldn’t find my inhaler or something I needed immediately. With everything in one place, I won’t lose it under a blanket and I can find all my essentials within seconds.

When I first wake up, I have lemon water to cleanse my organs. For some reason, it also helps me breathe. I think it has anti-inflammatory properties. I drink it throughout the day too.

I also add to it decaf green tea, ginger tea and turmeric. I can’t have anything with caffeine because my heart rate already goes too high just with walking a few steps. Yes, that means no caffeinated coffee. And yes it’s terrible.

I also start the day with a smoothie packet, banana and apple sauce packet. I try to have these in my bed at night, so I don’t have to get up in the morning. I often feel worse in the morning and it’s difficult to get up. Eating these first thing helps.

I have to eat 3 bananas a day because my potassium was low and was causing me to have an irregular heart beat previously.

Since ERs always kicked me out in a few hours, and my oxygen levels were dropping during the night, I bought a $150 wristband sleep oxygen monitor. I wear it 21 hours a day. It graphs my oxygen levels and heart rate on an app. It’ll buzz and wake me up if my oxygen drops too low or if my heart rate is too high.

I also keep a finger oxygen monitor around my neck, in case the other one runs out of batteries.

I use a spirometer to do lung exercises 10x per hour. I have an alarm set on my phone for every hour.

What else do I have here in my bed:
-blood pressure monitor
-pedialyte and coconut water, I drink 3 a day to keep my electrolytes up
-lidocaine patches for my chest pain, which helps me breathe
-icy hot which I rub on my ribs, chest and back at least 3x a day
-“breathe” respiratory drops
-vapor rub, I put on 4x per day
-mucinex
-benedryl
-probiotics, I took 3 dif antibiotics so I need probiotics to get my good bacteria back
-zinc lozenges
-liposomal vitamin c and d
-cranberry pills
-milk thistle (to help w taking so many vitamins)
-magnesium
-oregano oil, to lower my blood pressure
-black seed oil, for immunity and supports lung function
-Ice pack
-inhaler
-acupuncturist herbs and tea
-special pillow set so I can sit up and lay on my belly. Also, so I can put my legs up
-compression socks to prevent blood clots
-vibrating back massager I use on my lymph nodes a few times a day to cleanse them
-Tylenol
-ibuprofen (docs said are fine btw)
-acupressure wand
-hand sanitizer
-kitties for cuddles and comfort

Not pictured here. I cut up and swallow 1 cut up garlic piece a day. And I take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.

I also have an air purifier in my room and a warm humidifier which I alternate between.

I started showering 2x per day. I sit in my shower chair, put a vapo bath bomb in and just do breathing exercises for 30 minutes. Yesterday, I did 15 minutes of yoga stretches while sitting in my shower chair. This definitely helped.

Every morning, my hospital calls me to do a survey with me on my symptoms.

I have rolly chairs or stools in every room of the house so I don’t have to walk far.

This is covid. I’m on day 35-50. Covid is exhausting. And keep in mind I’m 33 years old, was running/walking 3-6 miles per day and did yoga 100x last year, I’m pescatarian, 125 pounds and very healthy. And this is what covid did to me.

Stay safe. Stay home. Don’t get caution fatigue. #CovidTeacher

USA has the most covid deaths in the world, by a landslide

We’re not just #1 in covid deaths, we’re in the lead by a lot. And to those saying the USA population is bigger, NOT TRUE. China has over 4x larger population than the USA. India too.

China’s response to covid is an example of what the USA should’ve done:
-built more hospitals (China built massive ones in 10 days)
-turn factory production into ppe production
-set up neighborhood groups that check on people and help them daily
-free universal healthcare
-mass testing
-temperature checks in front of stores, etc
-combining western medicine & eastern medicine
-entire countrywide shut down

I know the USA has a ton of anti-China propaganda but they handled it far better than the USA. USA now made hospital beds that turn into caskets. They’d rather pay for that than PPE or building more hospitals.

And there are daily protests by nurses in the USA because they don’t have proper PPE and are dying or being forced to work with covid

Why does USA have high death rates from covid?

Anyone else feel like western medicine is floundering with how to deal with covid, which is one reason the USA has such a high rate of covid and a high rate of death? (And obviously one of the biggest reasons is that we don’t have universal healthcare).

USA is one of the few countries in the world that strictly relies on western medicine and doesn’t combine it with any natural remedies or eastern medicine.

Everyone I know, who has covid, has had to use natural remedies to boost their immune system and alleviate terrible symptoms. And they didn’t learn that from western docs, they learned it from their acupuncturists, covid support groups, doing their own research, etc. And to be clear, I do run everything past my western doc and I am also on antibiotics (went to the ER 3x for chest X-rays and tests).

Without these natural remedies, combined with antibiotics, I would’ve ended up in the hospital way more or worse, I wouldn’t have survived covid.

Resources (financial, mental health support, etc)

Most of these are for the Chicagoland area:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f0LPctoh97pUqGimDFm1hx82ZXRYKzYx2LwOv-jwm6U/edit

I created this google doc over many weeks of doing research, contacting elected officials, community organizations and helping my students’ families who needed assistance. If you needs support with filling these out, most local aldermen, state representatives, senators and community organizations’ offices are helping families fill out these paperwork. The link to find your alderman, state representative and senator is on the bottom.

Recursos para familias y estudiantes 

Aquí hay información y recursos sobre asistencia financiera, etc. También enumera mucho apoyo para familias indocumentadas. Si su familia necesita apoyo para completar los documentos, la mayoría de los concejales locales, representantes estatales, senadores y oficinas de organizaciones comunitarias están ayudando a las familias a completarlos. El enlace para encontrar a su concejal, representante estatal y senador se encuentra en la última página.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f0LPctoh97pUqGimDFm1hx82ZXRYKzYx2LwOv-jwm6U/edit

Stories of sexism in hospitals & strategies of how to protect yourself

In this video, I speak about the sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and ageism in the healthcare system. In these covid support groups, I’ve seen thousands of women, ppl of color and Lgbtqia+ folks, who were originally told, “It’s not covid, it’s anxiety.”

This discrimination is killing people.

Our “for-profit” healthcare system is killing ppl. Many doctors are telling ppl not to go to the ER unless they feel severely ill. People are being told to just stay home and take Tylenol. This is a big problem because covid changes within hours. This is why people are being found dead in their homes.

In this video, I talk about my experiences of sexism. I also share strategies I used to make the docs believe me and get tests I desperately needed.

Strategies such as:

-Taking pics of the results of your at home finger oxygen monitor and blood pressure machine, so they believe you

-Keep a journal of your symptoms daily or even hourly

-Write down or take screen shots of all your medicine, doc notes and recommendations

-Ask the doctors or nurses to explain your test results before you leave the ER

-Read or reread all of your chart results and ask your doctor to explain what they mean

-If you aren’t getting the care you need, have family members call in

-and more

Read more about my journey, symptoms and remedies that helped me and MORE at my blog:

CovidTeacher.com

#CovidTeacher

It might be covid, not anxiety

People often mistake COVID for anxiety. For 7-9 days, I thought my difficulty breathing was anxiety. It became worse after waking and at night, when I wa on my back.

Could be covid if:

-it’s easier to breathe on your belly, harder on your back

-harder to breathe after walking.

-anxiety medicine that usually works isn’t helping

Talk to your doctor. Often doctors will also claim it’s anxiety, especially if you are female or LGBTQIA+. Be adamant and ask for a chest X-ray and blood tests, if you are having difficult breathing. Also, trust hour gut. I wish I would have weeks ago.

🦠 JUST 🦠 BECAUSE 🦠 YOU 🦠 AREN’T 🦠 COUGHING 🦠 AND 🦠 HAVE 🦠 NO 🦠 FEVER, 🦠 DOES 🦠 NOT 🦠 MEAN 🦠 YOU 🦠 DON’T 🦠 HAVE 🦠 PNEUMONIA OR COVID!

My pneumonia and covid symptoms were becoming worse and I NEVER had a cough or fever the whole time I’ve had covid symptoms. Usually, while sitting, my oxygen levels were 98-100%, but it frequently hurt to breathe. I did have chest tightness though and shortness of breath while walking!

If you are getting winded walking or doing things you normally do, ask your doctor if you need a chest xray. Pneumonia can change drastically with covid, even within days. My pneumonia worsened within 5 days of my last chest X-ray. I went to the ER 3x and got 3 different chest X-rays and other tests. I also needed 2 new antibiotics since the first one didn’t work. The antibiotics can help the pneumonia or to prevent infection.

Using a spirometer to exercise my lungs drastically helped. You can also use a balloon or buy a spirometer for $11 on amazon. #CovidTeacher

About me

Video from my first ER visit on April 22nd, 2020:

In the ER, May, 7th, 2020

I am a 33 year old, high school special education teacher in Chicago. I’ve had covid for 4-5 weeks and went to the ER 3x. Being one of the first, in my family and friends, to have Covid, I felt very lost, demoralized and confused. There are so many remedies and strategies that I wish people would’ve told me weeks ago. These past weeks, I’ve also received conflicting advice from nurses and doctors. The virus is so new, so hospitals are learning as they go.

I wrote this blog to help others and to open people’s eyes to how horrific this virus is. It doesn’t matter if you are young and healthy. I was young and healthy and I’ve never been this ill in my life. I felt close to death. Here’s a little about me.

I’m the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Northside Area Vice President, cochair of the Special Education Taskforce and a GSA liaison for my high school.

I’ve traveled to at least 31 different countries, won multiple grants to study abroad in places such as: South Africa, Mexico, Namibia, Brazil, Japan, etc. I just won the Fund for Teachers Award for summer of 2021 to study in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Peru for 35 days.

This is how I looked before I was sick…Picture was taken July, 2019

I’ve been blessed by being invited to speak at educator and union conferences in Japan 2x, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Canada, Turkey and other places.

Throughout my 11 years teaching, I’ve been a strike leader in 4 strikes, 3 were public school and 1 was a charter school strike. I’ve been on the CTU bargaining team for the past 3 contract.

Picture during the October 2019 CTU strike

I’ve learned all my activism through my activist parents.

My parents were 18-20 years old in this picture

My dad works at the American Islamic College in Chicago. He is an anti-war activist (ever since college) and has been fighting for Palestinian rights for over 10 years.

My mom was a bra-burning women’s rights activist. She currently fights for disability rights and healthcare rights.

Unfortunately, 20 years ago, my mom was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis, which causes her unimaginable pain. After growing up, hearing her scream in excrutiating pain, I’ve always worried about her health, my family’s health and my own (her arthritis isn’t genetic).

My mom and I, July 2017

Throughout my whole life, I’ve been very health conscious. For 9 years, I’ve been pescatarian (I eat no meat, only seafood) and only 125 pounds. Before I became sick, I was walking/running 3-6 miles every day and doing yoga. That’s why people are shocked that covid hit me so hard. Covid is a serious virus which multiple mutations and strands. Very healthy people sometimes end up in the ICU or don’t make it.

Since I’m health conscious, I’ve been seeing an amazing acupuncturist for 10 years. I usually see her 2-4x per month.

People ask me where I found all these health remedies. I frequently talk to my general doctor and acupuncturist The nurses from the ER also call me every day to ask me questions and check up on me. Any new remedies, I use, I run past the nurses or my general doctor first.

Covid support groups have been very helpful in learning ways to alleviate symptoms and improve my immune system to fight covid.

I hope my blog helps you, your family and friends who are going through this. If you have any more questions to ask, don’t hesitate!