There are five of us in our family. We all had Covid-19 at the same time.
It’s a good thing we like each other because we were quarantined together for 14 days.
Even the dog was in quarantine. No-body could fetch him to take him for a walk because he was covered in our Covid-19 germs!
During the past few weeks we have had so many questions asked about Covid-19 that I thought I would share our experience!
We had all thought that if we did get Covid-19 it would be because of our eldest daughter, who is a nursing sister at Victoria Hospital, Cape Town and had been assisting with a lot of Covid-19 theater cases.
We assume, however that we got it from our youngest, when she returned to school.
I fetched her from school on Monday, the 15th June, because she was vomiting and we just thought she had a gastro bug so we were careless in the house and didn’t isolate her or wear masks around her. I believe that if we had taken precautions in the house at that time there is a good chance we would not all have contracted Covid-19.
Our middle daughter started to run a high temperature on the Thursday and had an itchy throat. We started to take precautions then, but it was too late.
On the Monday my husband came home early from work, got tested on Tuesday, and miraculously got his test results back at midnight stating that he had tested positive for Covid-19. By Wednesday we were all showing symptoms, got tested, and on Friday heard we were all positive.
Our symptoms differed from each other as you can see below:
Youngest daughter – vomiting, diarrhea, bad cough, headaches, night sweats, chills, sore throat, extreme fatigue, loss of smell and taste
Middle daughter – high temperature, itchy throat, coughing, headaches
Husband – high temp, slight sore throat, body aches, extreme fatigue, loss of smell and taste
Me – spikes in blood pressure, headaches, diarrhea, fatigue, loss of smell and taste
Oldest daughter – body ache, fatigue, nausea, loss of smell and taste
The first week and a half was really tough, with all five of us being sick at the same time.
However, for me, the blessings, love and care we received outweighed any illness.
At the beginning when I got ill God gave me the following verses and I meditated on them and found that it is possible to sing in the shadow of God’s wings.
“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night, (we all spent a lot of time in our beds!)
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings, I cling to you;
Your right hand upholds me.” (Psalm 63:6-7)
I fully believe that it is only because of the prayers of God’s people that we came through this relatively unscathed.
The prayers, love and practical support of His people sustained us and aided in our healing. Our minister and members of our church, Trinity Presby, supplied meals and constant prayer.
Friends and relatives supplied shopping, food, chocolates and prayers.
A friend of mine is a granny in her late 60’s and believes that Eucalyptus oil is vital for the healing of breathing issues and she was determined to anoint us with oil.
So one very wet, stormy and cold day she took a taxi from her home in Retreat to Wynberg. Walked to two different pharmacies to find a bottle of Eucalyptus oil, then caught a taxi to Kenilworth and walked quite a distance to get to our house.
Because we were in isolation she anointed our gate post and then left the bottle for us on the door step, walked back to Kenilworth in the pouring rain and returned home by taxi.
James 5:14 and 15 says: “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.”
God certainly healed us and raised us up.
Literally, not a day went by when food and treats were not delivered to the doorstep.
We were brought a humidifier and someone else included treats for our dog when they delivered a meal for us.
I slept for a whole Sunday and when I woke up in the early evening and walked into the kitchen the table was overflowing with food and cakes and we could hardly get the fridge door closed it was so packed. Apparently, we had had numerous deliveries during the day.
Hebrews 13:16 says:
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased”
God must have been overjoyed with the people around us.
A friend of mine asked me telephonically during this time whether I wasn’t scared of having Covid-19, scared of dying.
I could honestly say that I had no fear and I was not worried. I have no fear of death because I know where I am going, I know I will be spending eternity with God and my loved ones.
“If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord”. (Romans 14:8)
We do not need to fear getting Covid-19. It is not pleasant and you can die from it, so we do need to take as many precautions as we can BUT we can rest in the knowledge that God has gone before us, He holds us in the palm of His hand and no matter what happens, if we have committed our lives to Him, He will see us through everything.