Hello and bonjour! IamA “young” serious COVID patient (36) in Switzerland with underlying conditions. I’m being hospitalized now. AMA about symptoms, how the test felt, how I feel, how quarantine was, etc.! AMA!
I’m V, an American in Geneva, Switzerland. I suffer from two underlying conditions (myasthenia gravis and Behçet’s syndrome). I tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19, coronavirus, etc) on Tuesday, March 17th.
I saw a lot of AMA requests for COVID patients and requests for patients who had recovered. I’m a freelance writer and I want to help remove some fear by sharing everything I can. Unfortunately, I haven’t recovered AND my doctor fears I’m about to enter the truly spicy period. Please AMA you’ve wondered: how I developed symptoms, how long I had symptoms before a positive test, my symptoms now, how I got tested, what the test was like, how I feel, the situation here at ground central for COVID in Switzerland (University Hospiral of Geneva, where I’m normally treated, got tested, and am being hospitalized now).
Proof of my positive test result: https://imgur.com/a/yTNIgwh
Proof of my underlying conditions: https://imgur.com/a/ZcSR9QL
EDIT: Hey all, thanks for spending the afternoon and evening with me. I have trouble sleeping with the stupid cough. I’ve answered most questions, and a few can find their answers with other questions. Thank you so much for the support and be safe and well!! If you want to follow me, I’m tracking my symptom progression and that’s about it on Twitter at @COVIDSaga.
EDIT2: It’s 5pm, Swiss time, Sunday, 22 March. I’ve returned to answer some more questions I see here, and clear up any issues with my previous answers. Just want to clarify: I’m not a doctor, obviously, so all I can do is tell you what I’m dealing with as a COVID patient on day 9. As an update, after a seven-hour argument between hospital departments on 20 Mar, after the insistence of my neurologist that I come to the hospital in the first place, I was sent back home. I have no idea what my neurologist will say Monday, but I’m not dead yet, sos that’s a good sign. I’ll be around this evening, so feel free to ask more questions if you have them.