COVID-19 has now spread its wings in India. Kanika Barman, a mom of 2 and a business owner shares her journey after she tested Corona +ve and how she and her family managed it and kept their hopes strong.
How I got the virus , even I am not aware. I have been very particular and cautious all through.
How did you find out or get to know that you may be Corona +ve?
How did you get your COVID test done?
Did you home quarantine yourself? If yes, then what steps did you take for the same?
Which device/devices did you use for self-monitoring?
Did you have any home-made medicinal kada or drink or special diet during this time? If yes, please share the recipe
- Warm some ghee and add khada garam masala to it – cinnamon, cardamom, a little jeera, cloves, and whole black peppercorns.
- Then add a bit of ginger and garlic to the ghee.
- Once the raw smell goes away, add the chicken prices and vegetables – whatever is handy.
- I add onions carrots etc and roast in the ghee properly till the pieces are sealed in
- Add boiling water and let the stock develop for at least an hour on simmer.
- Add salt at the end.
What did you do to keep your mood up and not let stress overpower you?
They usually say a mother holds everything. When you fell sick, how did the family manage?
My husband was cooking and managing the house. He learned to make Poha, he had downloaded all online ordering apps. Took care of everything and was smiling and supporting all through. Many blessings for my family and friends for all the love.
Kids would constantly call me on video calls. Advay especially missed me a lot … So many video calls … He would cry too. Aadya is stronger than him … She was busy with online games and friends. A big Gratitude to God that it was a mild virus infection. One thing I realized, it is only a small act of kindness which makes one realize how blessed I am.
This may also have been a period of reflection for you since you were spending a good time by yourself. Would you like to share anything with us?
Very frankly, initially, I was very anxious as to how will I do and what will I do. Once the acceptance came, I made a routine for myself. I started with breathing exercises and chanting. A lot of gratitude for so many phone calls especially from friends who I had lost touch with. For the first time, I was not reading the news to find out how many COVID cases …or hearing any negative news.
I also inculcated self-awareness of how important it is to take care of ourselves and our health. The very fact it was only 14 days … I thought I should sleep and relax the most ….watch TVendlessly.
Kanika also maintained a diary of notes from Day 1 for feeling unwell .
Day 1- 16th June – Throat Irritation and Slight Fever
Day 2 – 17th June – Fever ( 100.5-99) , Throat Irritation , cough. Medication Began
Day 3 -18th June- Fever ( 99)
Day 4 -19th June No Fever , Lethargy
Day 5 – 20th June A lot of tiredness and drained
Day 6- 21st – Loss of Taste . tiredness , Stuffy nose.
Day 7 – 22nd – Low fever (97.6) ,stuffed nose , slight headache, throat irritation
and I am detected Covid positive
Day 7 now becomes Day 1
Day 2 – 23rd – low temp (96.8) , oxygen level is fine. The only thing is to think positive . Anything that makes you anxious erase it. missing my family. missing the hug. Slight headache. Bad headache in the evening. Taking Crocin on doctors advice. Getting tired too.
Day 3 – 24th June- No Fever, Headache persists. Energy Seems Dipped . was feeling low. cried also . Sinus pain too. Dip in oxygen level (95).
Day 4 -25th June – Much better in the morning . Energy is good today. Throat still feels a little irritated but quite less. Sinus pain persists.
Day 5 – 26th June – Much better day … Good energy … Feel good too… slight pain in the throat or slight cough . No headache , No Sinus pain too … Cannot wait to be back to normal but have a long way to go .
Day 6 – 27th June – Low energy , Stuffy nose …no headache , slight cough too , oxygen a bit low (96)
Day 7 – 28th June – First half …was feeling very weak and tired… rested and slept again … then was much better . Energy went on well after that .
Day 8 – 29th June – Good energy , counting days to be back to Normal … wonder what is normal ? How will it be ? Will I again go to pick up grocery or to the store downstairs … don’t know . However , good feeling and energy is good too.
Kanika has now recovered from COVID-19 and is awaiting results for the IgG Antibody test.