Surviving Covid-19

Staying Positive During the COVID-19 Pandemic and How we survived COVID-19
Faviola Valencia Covid

How my family and I survived COVID-19: A Sacramento family story

First the aches and pains, and headaches, then came the fear, anxiety, and the unknown…

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On August 26th I noticed my older son outside our separate mini-house feeling sick with minor body aches, headaches, and fever (he indicated that he had been feeling sick for about 3 days prior, but didn’t want to worry us and that’s why he was staying away).

Since he’s not vaccinated I asked him to immediately isolate (which he was already doing, but this time we all made sure to stay away). Unfortunately, he refuses to get the vaccine due to all the nonsense being spewed online.

By now my 11yr old daughter was going on her second week into school. During August 25-26 she kept coming home complaining about headaches, but she said it was because it was hot outside.

Unfortunately, we didn’t pay much attention since we were (following all the guidelines, and 3 out of 5 of us were already fully vaccinated), but by Friday the 27th when she came home she was running a very high fever and on that evening she developed a running nose, croup cough, and was in bed not feeling well. 

We immediately gave her home medications; ibuprofen, asthma treatment, cough medicine and we had her isolate in her room (which is horrible feeling for an 11yr old who wants to get her vaccine and is unable to do so and is so used to giving mommy and daddy hugs every night :). 

Since I was in close contact and caring for both my kiddos unfortunately by Saturday night I became sick with headaches, running nose, body aches, and just feeling miserable. Unfortunately, I have underlined conditions

On Monday, my husband left to work thinking we were all just coming down with the flu, and although I was feeling sick, but not as sick that it required him to stay home. 

He usually leaves very early, but by 10 am (which is very unusual since I’m always up by 6am) I finally managed to get up and I started to feel very sick that I became worried and scared. Now, keep in mind that (I don’t get scared easily) so I asked my 17yr old to drive us to the closest testing site because I was feeling very sick and this sickness felt different, so different it made me feel even more anxious.

Unfortunately 30 minutes later through the rapid test both my daughter and I were positive for COVID. My younger son also got tested and thank God he was negative as he also suffers from asthma and Lupus.

We went home, called my husband, and in tears, I broke the news to him and he was sent home (company policy). I was so scared not so much for me but for my (unvaccinated) 11yr old and 25 year old.

The symptoms and treatments

Testing lines were BIG and ENCLOSED with sick people – NOT GOOD! Testing station was good and kept clean and staff was great. Developed a face rash, was in hospital severe chest and breathing pain, home soups to help with symptoms, but also staying hydrated.

My son’s symptoms for about 12 days were of:

  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Stomach cramps
  • Lost taste and smell and;
  • Breathing problems


  • Chicken soup, Roman noodles
  • 3 day asthma breathing treatments to help with breathing
  • Fluids; Pedialyte, Ginger Ale, Teas, Immunity Essentials, lemon water with lemon tea

My daughters symptoms for 5-7 days

  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Body ache and now;
  • Her body temperature is under 95 with cold sweats (for about 3 days)


  • Top roman (she doesn’t like chicken soup)
  • Ibuprofen, Tempra (Mexico), Tylenol
  • Fluids; lemon water, Pedialyte, Coconut Water
  • Multivitamins, probiotics
  • 2 asthma breathing treatments to help her with cough

As for me I’m still sick and miserable and had to be in the hospital twice for breathing treatments.  

  • Headaches (worse than my migraines)
  • Body aches
  • Sinus pain and runny nose
  • Cough and congestion
  • Lung and Chest pain
  • Struggling to breath
  • Dizzy, confused
  • Chills, fever, cold sweats
  • Severe cramping and nauseated
  • Lost my taste and smell 5 days into getting sick 
  • Face rash and leg cramps


  • Chicken soup, Roman noodles
  • Ongoing asthma breathing treatments to help with breathing
  • Fluids; Pedialyte, Ginger Ale, Teas, Immunity Essentials, lemon water with lemon tea
  • Iuprofen, Norco, Tylenol, Naproxen, Flexeril for pain and cramping
  • Neurobion Bellodec-tta, Simi b diabetico, Multivitamin, and Probiotics
  • Rest and Hot Showers for muscle relaxing, and pain

Last few days after several breathing treatments at home my chest, heart, and lug area got worse and home albuterol treatments were no longer working and I started to feel worse so I was taken to the hospital were I was diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia.  I was prescribed prednisone 

Still sick and in pain, still doing my in-home treatments trying to keep my lungs open and functioning, and of course my poor son feels guilty but feels we are much stronger than him. I just hope he gets vaccinated SOON! Still eating soups and my roman noodles to help me with vitamins, nutrients. 

As of today September 6 I’m happy to announce that my son and daughter are doing so much better, as for me I’m still struggling but staying positive and doing everything I can to stay away from being hospitalized, or worse death.


This is NOT like any other flu or cold. Every year I get Influenza and pneumonia (I guess it’s due to my autoimmune disorders) this is NOTHING like it!  Of course everyone is different but I honestly feel that due to all these underline conditions and had I not had gotten the shot I would be hospitalized or worse dead! the pain is excruciating and the breathing problems and pain is horrible!

For the first time my son said “Mom, I feel like I’m dying the pain is so bad mom – help me and I’m so sorry for getting you sick”…I hope that God willing he goes out and gets the vaccine because his luck may not be great the next time especially with the new varients

Hope I can provide you with an update about my COVID-19 symptoms once I'm healthy and feeling better. As of today still haven't recovered my taste or smell and still feeling crappy and struggling to breath but thank God no oxygen as of yet and hope to keep it that way.

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