Covid 19- Do I have it or Not. Stay tuned because as far as India goes, I may never know.
Today marks day 5 of my ongoing experience of Covid 19 testing, it began on Sunday when I started running a high fever, my partner called the hotline and I was directed to one of the 5 state hospitals doing testing in Bangalore. Upon arrival, I was screened so thoroughly as if I was lying and eventually I was seen by a doctor who had no time to truly speak to me, didn’t ask me any medical history, and eventually told me the labs were closed for the holiday and to come back the next day. I arrived at the allotted time the next day to go through the same screening despite one of the ladies have seen me the day before, I waited and eventually I was seen and granted the test after being subjected to patients around me coughing into the air and doctors and nurses applying lax procedures of keeping the potential virus carriers contained, basically none at all we literally walked through the general hospital which was filled with babies, children, adults, and elderly people of all ages and conditions. They told me they would call me with the results, the other nurse told me to come back in 3 days. So here I am on day 4, no phone call, no word, I am being advised it’s not technically 3 days because Monday didn’t count and today doesn’t count, I guess in India we don’t count each day, maybe Friday’s are holidays as well, I will be finding out soon. Luckily in my case, my symptoms are cough, body pain, sore throat, the worst headache, lethargy, loss of appetite, luckily I’ve had the flu before and my body knows how to react, and also luckily for me I’m American so I eat Vitamin C like candy, take multivitamins, drink lots of water, and lots of tea. But this brings about a few questions.
I recently listened to a tape that is being sent out to some tech companies by a cardiologist- yes, a heart doctor, not even a general practitioner that is advising the citizens that Covid Is like the flu so as to not get tested. See here’s the deal it is like the flu, I’ve had the flu as have a lot of Americans but Indians don’t really get the flu, my partner and his family have no experience with the flu it’s not common in India so how are they supposed to “Employ” the same techniques as they would with the flu if they’ve never had it and don’t know anyone who has had it? How do they know their bodies will get better? How do they know when it’s severe versus not other than the obvious they can’t physically breathe? I get it, in a country with over a billion of people, of course, you can’t afford to have every person with slight breathing problems, high fever, cough coming in for testing- especially as you’re not as a country allowing private hospitals to do testing, but as a country with over a billion people, as a city with over 13 million people how can you expect citizens bodies to cope without proper immunity- especially as one of the best aids in fighting the virus is vitamin C and most citizens laugh at the thought of vitamins.
So I write this, I write my experience not because I’m fearful at having Covid- I honestly think it was the flu and the antibiotics I was given are doing their job, but because if my body hadn’t been adapted to the flu, if I hadn’t and don’t continue resting, drinking water, taking Vitamin C, vitamins, paracetamol, and basically taking it easy it could have been worse, my body may have resisted the antibiotics. I know my body and my healing better than anyone after years of abusing it these past 5 years I’ve taken to cherishing it and listening to it. So thankfully in this regards, I feel as though I’m on the mend, I would still like to know my test results but at this point, I have no faith, no respect for the Indian medical system in delivering these to me, I have even more lack of faith in the knowledge of them correctly writing down my phone number, and if they had been able to effectively communicate to me the results. India by far is one of my favorite countries in the world, and luckily for them right now they don’t have as many cases as other countries but I fear for them as Covid continues to spread if they don’t open up more testing sites if they don’t put into place better systems as it spreads billions of people are going to find themselves in precarious situations that India has little chance at helping.
Once again, if I ever receive my results, I will continue writing my experience, in the meantime, vitamin c, antibiotics, rest, paracetamol are the best I’ve got. I’ve got a cough, some sneezing, body pain, and lethargy but it’ll pass I have faith in this, for those of you going through what I am, I wish you the best, stay healthy, stay connected through social media, and don’t give up in finding answers and advocating for your health. Social distancing, staying connected, staying as healthy as possible. And fight for your rights don’t let the situation bring you down