Do you have a treatment plan ready, for yourself and your family, in case you contract COVID-19? I do.
From the sounds of it, it’s a horrible disease to get – depending, of course, on which symptoms you get, and how severely you get them. Two close members of my family contracted COVID-19 and had severe symptoms. We were deeply concerned. Thankfully they both survived, without hospital intervention. I had my Action Plan prepared before they contracted the disease, but have modified it slightly, thanks to insights gained from them.
My Plan answers the following questions:
- Where will I quarantine myself?
- Who will take care of me and shop for me?
- How will I be able to contact my doctor in case of an emergency?
- Will I keep it a secret or will I keep my extended family and/or friends informed?
- What medications am I likely to take, and for which symptoms? Do I have stocks of all of these?
- What treatments, other than store-bought medications, will I be able to use, and for which symptoms?
- What will I do in the meantime, to stay fit and healthy in body and in mind (to the best of my ability)?
Included in my plan are things which I consider to be important, such as a daily dose of sunshine; classical music to play softly in the background, and prayers and words of gratitude three times a day. I consider these to be ‘treatments’.
I had two reasons for preparing such a plan:
- It’s in my nature to be methodical and proactive.
- If I get severe symptoms, for instance a high fever, I am likely to forget about one or more very helpful medications or other treatments when I need them the most.
I based my choice of medications and treatments on previous personal experiences, which include previous doctors’ visits for similar diseases and, as I have said, my family members’ experiences and recommendations.
The plan might alter further. I might never need it – I hope that is the case. But I feel more comfortable in the knowledge that I have given it some thought. Besides, since symptoms are flu-like, I could very well be using the Plan for a bout of flu or even a cold sometime in the future.
I am fortunate in that I always remain positive and hopeful, no matter what the circumstances. You may not be so fortunate. If this is the case, consider how you might achieve this aim.
Disclaimer: Each person will have their own questions to answer, their own preferred medications and other treatments. Please seek professional medical advice where necessary. I am not a medical practitioner and am therefore unable to prescribe treatments of any kind.
Stay healthy, stay safe and stay positive.
Written By: Sally Quinlan
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A lover of words, mentoring, networking, and helping my fellow man to ‘learn to fish’. Driven by a hunger to never stop learning, a passion for adventure and travel, sundowners and laughter with good friends. At the end of the day what brings great delight to my life are my young adult sons.
Quote: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela