Rebound @#$%

When I was diagnosed with COVID on November, 3, I was prescribed Paxlovid, an antiviral medication. It tasted like Satan’s spit, but I was testing negative 5 days later. My symptoms were mild overall with significant fatigue and a REALLY bad cold. After contracting pneumonia in September, I was worried.

I knew there was a chance I could end up with Rebound COVID. I thought I was safe when I passed the 2-8 days after the 5 day Paxlovid treatment. Then came day 12. I woke up repeatedly from coughing and felt stuffy but I didn’t feel sick. I wore my mask, washed my hands, and kept safe distance as much as possible. Yesterday, I went to an event and a party with my neighbors. Again, I didn’t feel sick, just tired.

This morning, I woke up stuffy and feeling like I had a full on cold. I was in denial. I kept trying to tell myself over and over that there was no way I had covid again. Then I took a test and BAM: POSITIVE

My heart sank. It is a holiday week. I have a wedding next weekend. I’m so very sad, disappointed, and annoyed. So far, my symptoms are more mild than before. I’m extremely tired and very stuffy. No fever, no difficulty breathing. I guess I need to realize I’m lucky because many people with bad immune systems get extremely ill. I guess it boils down to being lucky at being unlucky.

My future now consists of time out of work, a doctor appointment to check my lungs, and lots and lots of naps. The only ting keeping me from crying is that crying will prevent me from breathing with this stuffy nose.

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Kelly holds masters degrees in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. She works full-time as a speech-language pathologist in both a public school setting and as an adjunct faculty member at a university, in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in both autism and augmentative/alternative communication and took her skills to Uganda, Africa to start a special needs program for disabled children living in an orphanage in 2011. Kelly began experiencing symptoms of autoimmune arthritis in 1984 (while in her teens) but wasn’t officially diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis until 2001. Her first diagnosis was Sjogren’s syndrome. Eventually her diagnosis was changed to sero-negative RA and now Polyarticular Spondlyoarthropathy. She also manages thyroid disease (resulting from Graves Disease), fibromyalgia, renin-deficient hypertension, and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) on a daily basis. Kelly connected with other autoimmune arthritis patients via social media in 2008. She began volunteering with the “Buckle Me UP! Movement”, which evolved into the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement (IAAM) beginning in 2009. Then became a cofounder of IFAA in 2013. She has represented the ACR on Capitol Hill as an Advocate for Arthritis, was a finalist in Wego Health’s Health Activist Hero awards in 2014, and speaks at various healthcare conferences as a patient advocate in the Philadelphia area.

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