Welcome to another edition of the Doctor’s Note where we talk about what’s on our minds when it comes to your health.
This week I want to talk about my own story with Covid-19. I’ve treated thousands of patients with Covid, and now that I have had my own experience (just recently recovered), I believe I can help people even more.
I would never do something to a patient that I wouldn’t be willing to do on myself.
We’re almost 2 years into Covid-19, and honestly I couldn’t figure out why I haven’t gotten it already. I thought I might have some sort of resistance to it, but I did multiple checks and didn’t have antibodies.
Finally got it, and here’s what I learned as a patient.
How Did I Get It?
Where I live in East Tennessee we are in the middle of an upward spike of Covid, treating a lot in our offices through telemedicine. Knowing that, I was aware that I could get Covid anywhere.
I was out one evening with a few friends that hadn’t been feeling well. They had tested negative for Covid-19 that morning, so we all thought all was well. We rode in the car, ate dinner, went to a concert, and had a great time! About 5-6 days later, I tested positive for Covid. A few days after that, they tested positive.
Note: If you have symptoms of Covid and a negative test, you probably want to repeat the test.
It’s hard to say this, but I’m kind of happy I got it. I wanted innate immunity anyway. I would choose innate immunity over the immunity from the jab. (we’re seeing so many breakthrough cases from the jab)
It hit me hard the first night I had it. What’s interesting is that my Oura Ring kind of predicted that something was wrong. I woke up feeling fine, but my Oura Ring said that my temperature had been elevated during the night and that I needed to rest that day.
Later that night I started to get a scratchy throat, and bronchial irritation with a dry cough. I tested myself and sure enough it was positive. Right then I started making my plan.
The strategy was to kill the virus in the first 5 days and then tampen the inflammatory response that could happen. Note: my complete regimen is in the next section. The first thing I did was take 50,000 iu’s of Vitamin D, arranged for Monoclonal Antibodies and started the antibiotic Zithromax as well as all of the vitamins in my regimen below.
The morning after testing positive I went down and got the Monoclonals. I got the subcutaneous shots (two shots in each arm). Note: You need to wait outside the pharmacy for an hour just to make sure you don’t have a reaction. The key here is to get the Monoclonals early.
I promptly started chilling. My temperature got up to 102.5. I had sweating, headache, and bronchial irritation. No shortness of breath. I felt like I had a mild case of the flu. Note: I didn’t have any stomach upset the whole time.
I chose not to treat the fever. I wanted the fever. With a virus, the fever is your friend. I even got in my sauna and heated up more.
Remember that Covid-19 takes a lot of different forms. This is only my story with it. My immune system is pretty good, and I felt like I was in good shape heading into this.
I didn’t have much fear going into Covid, but I certainly respected it. That’s the main point I want you to take from this. Don’t fear Covid, but respect it and prepare for it, because it could get bad especially if you have risk factors.
The main risk factor for doing bad with Covid is probably obesity and second is probably low Vitamin D, and then chronic illness.
Covid gives you a great reason to stay on top of a lot of other things.
Here’s What I Did:
- 50,000 iu’s a Vitamin D for 5 days
- 2 grams of Vitamin C twice a day
- 75mg of Zinc
- .4mg/kg of Ivermectin daily for 5 days
- Pepcid AC
- Melatonin at night
- Zyrtec at night
- Omega 3’s
- Nebulized Budesonide
- Nose Spray (Xlear)
- Betadine Mouthwash
- Luvox (added day 4)
Note: Zithromax really helps viruses as well as bacterial infections. We haven’t seen much bacterial resistance from it. We use a lot of Doxycycline as a second line if needed.
Covid came on suddenly for me. It didn’t happen gradually.
I felt extremely tired after a couple of days.
I didn’t have another fever after the first night.
I had a little cough and a runny nose.
I used the Nebulized Budesonide to protect my lungs. (I don’t think it ever went into my lungs)
My PO2 Saturations stayed great the whole time.
Each day I took a walk out in the sun. I was lucky to have great weather.
I was never short of breath, and didn’t have any GI upset.
I added a steroid pack on day 5.
I took Aspirin every day.
The Monoclonals helped a lot.
On day 4 I added Luvox, a serotonin drug that’s been shown to help with Covid. I think it helped me.
I lost taste and smell on day 2. It’s starting to come back slowly now.
The key is jumping on this early before it gets out of control with that cytokine storm and perhaps blood clotting. I did everything I knew how to do. As it progressed, by day 8 I was testing negative and feeling as good as ever.
I’m happy to have gotten through this. I’m so thankful for all the prayers and positive messages I received during it. My goal with this Note is to help you be aware and prepared to deal with this in case you get it.
It seems like this thing is going to continue to mutate. It may be an ongoing thing we have to deal with kind of like the flu and colds. Hopefully it loses some of its virulence and we can develop more and new ways to treat it. There are outliers for sure.
So many people are doing so well with this virus that I think it’s underestimated how many people do well with it.
BOTTOM LINE: TEST EARLY AND TREAT EARLY
Every case can be different depending on your risk factors and medical history.
If you go somewhere and are diagnosed with Covid and they refuse to treat you, please call one of our offices (or somebody else) who has experience treating this early.