Grateful Dad #24: A Year After Getting COVID-19

May 10, 2022

It's been a year since I survived COVID-19.

It’s exactly one year (May 10, 2022) after I got COVID-19. More specifically, it’s already a year after I found out that I was COVID-19 positive. Looking back, it was one of the most panic-inducing moments of my life that I hope would never happen again. In the end, I was thankful for having survived it.

A year after my COVID-19 infection

Grateful Dad #24: A Year After Getting COVID-19

So, what really happened during the days leading to my discovery that I had this dreaded disease? Nothing out of the ordinary, actually. I wasn’t feeling anything weird or unusual. It all started with a simple allergic rhinitis. 

After putting Miguel to bed, I began sneezing but it soon stopped after about three sneezes. The following day, I was feeling a bit heavy but I attributed it to allergic rhinitis because I would always feel that way during such attacks.

By the third day though, I was feeling the onset of fever but I wasn’t concerned at all because the thermometer kept registering a normal temperature. Plus, I could still smell and taste food. However, as part of our protocol at home, I immediately wore a face mask when my allergic rhinitis didn’t go away.

On the fourth day, I wasn’t getting better so I had to call in sick at work. I felt better during the succeeding days, in fact, I was even able to report for work. Then again, the following weekend, I relapsed and felt worse than before.

Getting vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine after my COVID-19 infection

That’s when I decided to have myself tested. I took a rapid test and yielded a positive result. I was COVID-19 positive. I couldn’t think clearly and my head was in a spin. I called Mommy Khris and informed her of the result. I was panicking because I was afraid that I infected my wife and kids since I slept with them in the same bed in the last seven days or so.

I quarantined in our bedroom while Mommy Khris and the kids slept in my mother-in-law’s bedroom. The funny thing was I immediately felt better as soon as I knew that I was COVID-19 positive.

Naturally, there were a lot of questions in my head. First, where did I get it? We were strictly following health protocols at home and, outside our house, I only went to the office three times a week. The office is obviously the only place for me to catch COVID-19.

The next question is, how did I get it? I was wearing a face mask at all times in the office except to eat a quick lunch. I also wore a face shield whenever I was in common areas. I also washed my hands whenever I can and sanitized them with alcohol when I went away from my desk. With all the precautions that I took, I couldn’t help but think that the virus was in the air that we were breathing.

Of course, it was really hard to pinpoint the exact cause especially because I was cautious at all times. I just had to focus on finishing my quarantine and recuperating. Speaking of getting better, I never really had the classic COVID-19 symptoms. For a time, I thought that I was asymptomatic but that wasn’t so since I felt sick and feverish. I was told that I had mild COVID-19 symptoms. One effect of COVID-19 that I still feel is shortness of breath. When I reach for something on the floor, I feel that I have to catch my breath.

As for Mommy Khris and the kids, I was just glad that their test results were negative. Beyond all the panic and the chaos, I was just glad that our practice of wearing a face mask at home paid off.

After my quarantine last year, Mommy Khris asked me if I wanted to write about my experience. I said that I’ll think about it but I was hesitant because of the stigma that COVID-19 brings to its victims.

Now that restrictions are easing, I hope people will still not take COVID-19 for granted and continue to practice health protocols such as proper distancing and good hygiene. Those who have dodged COVID-19 this long are lucky and they should be grateful for that.

I was also grateful for having been vaccinated a few months after my COVID-19 infection. Just the same, I think we should also respect the individuals who choose not to get the vaccine.

Do you have a similar experience? Do you know someone who was infected with COVID-19? Feel free to share your story in the comment section below.

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  1. So glad you made it through Covid. I'm sure it was stressful.

  2. I'm glad you made it through and are healthy now. I'm sure it was stressful for your family.

  3. I caught it being super careful too. No one else in the house got it, thankfully.

  4. Wow...I am glad to have known your perspective on COVID19. I know of very many people that contracted it and are still in the chokehold of long COVID! So sad!

  5. That's unfortunate, I haven't got covid before. Thank you for sharing your epxerience and repsective on it.

  6. Thank you for sharing your story. I agree with you that we shouldn't take COVID-19 for granted. Let's continue practicing the proper health protocols.

  7. I have got covid and I can understand how bad it is. I will never forget those worst days in my life. Such a nightmare!

  8. Christalene J. De Castro2 June 2022 at 14:18

    What an inspiring testiment to your faith and love! Thank you for making your story public.Keep faith in your Lord for this too will pass. Retreat not from hope, do not despair. For surely God is always near.

  9. Glad that you are okay now and everyone in your family is okay too. Last year I had covid as well but unfortunately I was alone stuck in some other city. No one helped me. Luckily I survived. Somehow.

  10. I sure am glad you are okay. That had to be a very scary time for you and your family. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!