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I have COVID: Here’s what is working for me

I was hit hard with COVID for the first time on New Year’s Day. Many are asking what I’m doing from home, and I want to stress: This is not medical advice. Every person’s experience is absolutely different and depending upon your current and previous medical history, I caution all of you to have a trusted medical professional to rely on. 

Here’s a synopsis thus far and although I’m still early in my journey (I did not plan sharing this until the end of this week or beginning of next to be able to have more time navigating), there were so many who reached out who are sick right now and wanting to look at different options. 

Day 1 (which I will call my official day 1 even though I tested negative), was my worst. What made this harder to detect as to when I began with official COVID symptoms was I started lifting weights at the gym three days in a row prior to getting sick. My muscles were fatigued and my body was aching. That made it very difficult for me to identify exactly when my mild symptoms began versus my muscles repairing themselves. 

All that to say, my “day 1” I felt short of breath throughout the day and very tired. I also have lupus so I thought possibly I was coming down with something else or just having a bad auto immune day with extreme fatigue. That quickly turned into me not being able to move and feeling very “flu-like” symptoms. I took a home test that evening, and it was negative. I was so severely ill that I was certain I had some bad flu, and for a few hours I was unmoving, actually very scared with how badly I felt. I don’t have the highest threshold for pain so maybe I was overreacting, I thought. But with how low I felt, I would have rather gone through childbirth. 

I kept saying my chest felt like there was a rectangle of fire. I just kept pointing and saying, “It’s a rectangle.” I had my Rosary beads clutched in my hands, my scapular on, my holy water beside my bed. I had a high fever, chills, horrific night sweats, a bad constant cough, my skin and body ached terribly and I physically couldn’t move. It wasn’t an incredibly high level of pain, per say, that made me feel scared, it was a lifelessness and such an “overtaking” of my entire body that there is really no other way for me to explain it.

The next day I felt no worse but about the same. I was able to get up to go to the kitchen to eat lunch, and I had my senses of taste and smell fully intact. 

After dinner time I started to feel worse again (as we all know nights and mornings are almost always worse), and it was hard to breathe, that burning came back hard in my lungs and I took another home test. This one didn’t work and was “inconclusive.” 

I knew with every fiber in me that I had COVID at this point but needed to see it. I took a third test and it showed right away that I was positive. 

I was upset I didn’t know this yesterday as I would have started my protocol then, so I felt frustrated knowing I was already 24+ hours behind.


Day 2 I was bedridden again after making one trip to the kitchen (it was all I could do to crawl to the bathroom), fever, extreme fatigue, skin and back aching, chest pain, lungs on fire, chills, coughing a ton, but I was able to take my first dose of Ivermectin and begin my protocol I chose. 

Breathing treatment (using a nebulizer) + zinc + goldenseal + Pepcid + ivermectin + baby aspirin + Vitamin C + Vitamin D + magnesium + ibuprofen as needed + dehumidifier at night + immunity booster IV.

Monday was Day 3 (but Day 2 of Ivermectin). I was able to shower for first time in several days an hour after my second dose of this! I was able to stand with no issues and was shocked. 

Midmorning I had chest pain for about two hours then it was gone. The fire in my lungs was gone when I woke. I was still very tired and had back pain from laying so much and lost my taste and smell. Coughing intermittent. Low grade fever. 

Fever continues, an IV

Tuesday, day 4 (day 3 of Ivermectin) my skin hurt, and I was nauseous on and off, and had a small headache. I was able to stand and walk better than yesterday. I had an IV mobile med nurse come and got an “immunity booster” IV in the afternoon. I’m still tired but not as out of breath. My coughs are intermittent. Low grade fever. 

I will update more as I go along my journey but everyone’s is so very different and I never want someone to feel scared due to mine or feel like I’m diminishing theirs in any way. 

Again, this is not medical advice and every person’s journey with this is so incredibly unique. However, I wanted to share what has worked for me thus far. 

Regan Long

Regan Long is a mother of 5, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and paid family leave advocate. Regan founded The Real Deal of Parenting, an online platform that provides heartwarming and witty content to millions of readers worldwide, a large percentage of those being mothers.

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  1. Sarah

    What is in the “Immunity Booster” IV? Did you take all of those supplements and vitamins on all of the days or just the first day you started everything?

    1. Amanda Ellenberger

      It’s a IV that boost your immune. Basically it’s an amazing cocktail of IV fluids, vitamins, and antioxidants to cleanse your body and supercharge your immune system. We have a mobile system near us that you can do at home for under $300.

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