The Zika Virus | My Personal Experience

by - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Saturday 18th |

Tonight I started to get some terrible pains in my back and legs. Earlier, I worked the store all day and stood up for 9 hours fixing and cleaning so I figured it must be muscle pain and soreness so I didn't think anything more. That night I went to bed in hopes to wake up pain free. 

Sunday 19th |

Fail... I didn't sleep a wink. Tossed and turned all night because the pain was so bad !! Lying hurt, sitting hurt, walking hurt... everything I did was so uncomfortable! I spent all of today in bed, in and out of sleep, suffering. 

By the night, the pain still lingered, so I pulled out my heating pad and applied it to areas of my leg with the most pain - for me, it was my upper thigh and the back of my knee. 
Monday 20th |

I woke this morning with the pain still humming through my body. That's it ! I got off the bed to see if walking around would help, and as I passed the mirror, I took a look and realized my entire chest, stomach and arms was now covered in a rash. 

"Lovely" I thought. Panicking as my brother's wedding is on the Saturday - this better go ! No way do I want to wear a turtleneck and long sleeves ! Ha. 

I started trying everything to speed up this virus !! (** listed below are things that helped me)

Tuesday 21st |

When I woke, I was hoping the rash would at least go down... but lo and behold it had spread up my neck to my face and down my legs -- Now I'm covered !!! Ahhh ! 

My hands also started to hurt a lot and my knuckles started swelling. I felt like I was falling apart. 

Luckily in the night I was able to get hold of some Calamine lotion and pasted my entire body down with it in hopes it helped.

Wednesday 22nd |

This morning the pain in my legs woke me up and my head started hurting and I've became a walking rash !! 

Later in the day my eyes started to get red and I became very weak.

Thursday 23rd |

I need to leave the house ! I've been tired of lying down all day. So covered in a sweater and jeans, I headed to work and did some runarounds with Mom. It felt so good to be out of the house, and even though my rash was still there, it started to finally look a little better.

Friday 24th |

The day before my brothers wedding, my rash is now gone. The pain in my legs eased up but my eyes were still a little bloodshot. 

Lucky for me I didn't get the bad headaches during the virus or fever but not everyone experiences all the symptoms. 

Saturday 25th |

The day of my brother wedding and the following day the migraine came and lasted the entire weekend, ruining my enjoyment of one of the happiest days for my brother. 

The aftermath |

All in all... I sucked it up and tried to enjoy my brother's wedding as much as I could. 
The virus also left both index fingers bruised with a rash. 

** What helped me 

  • Paracetamol tablets for the pain in my legs & back
  • Triz for the rash
  • Lots of water to keep hydrated
  • Alcolado to sap on my head
  • Lots and lots of rest and sleep

And remember, the Aedes aegypti mosquito (Yellow Fever / Zika mosquito) only bites in the daytime, or so Dr. Sanjay Gupta says.

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  1. I'm glad your feeling better, I'm so scared of this virus with being pregnant. I'm sorry you had to deal with it.

    God bless,

    XO, Claire


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  3. What a cutie! Great post! Have a lovely day 🙂
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    much love,Len

  4. What a scary experience! I'm glad you are feeling better! Thank you for sharing your remedies to get through it!

    Doused In Pink

  5. Oh my gosh. That sounds terrible! I'm glad you got better without having to get any other drugs. I would have been miserable!

  6. Wow, get better ;)
    Mónica Sors

  7. Omg, lady- how scary! Glad you're on the mend but such a bummer that you got so sick + it impacted your brother's wedding. Good for you for trooping it out!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  8. Yikes! I'm so glad to hear that you're on the mend now girly. It was incredibly interesting to read how your encounter with the virus was. So scary!


  9. I've never heard of this virus before, it sounds frightening! So glad to here you're better now :)

  10. oh my goodness, i am so sorry! i hope you are all better now. that sounds so scary and i'm sorry it put a damper on your brother's wedding.

  11. Oh wow! How miserable! I hear so much about the Zika virus, but you are the first personal account I've read about. I'm glad you are feeling better now!

  12. Poor you! This sounds horrible! I'm glad you're feeling better and thank you for sharing your tips to get through it!
    Julia x

  13. Louann, I am so sorry you had to deal with that Zika virus, I am so happy to hear you are feeling better... such a scary illness especially for pregnant women... xox

    On a side note, people that comment should read before they comment, it is not very genuine to say things that have nothing to do with what you wrote... that kind of ticks me off a bit xox


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