Covid Day 4
How a Brain Injury Survivor Defends the Brain Against Damage from Covid
I wake up feeling close to healthy. The vaguest hint of a sore throat. A less than normal level of the mind-body connection.
However, when I get out of bed and start moving, I feel the lingering symptom that is most concerning to me, the easily provoked dizziness. Feels a bit worse today.
After a concussion in 2008, unresolvable dizziness was one of my main challenges. To this day, I often have a slight sway when standing still. Needless to say, I really don’t want a setback in this area.
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I open all the doors and windows in the house while it’s still cool. I go outside and do three rounds of breathing whilst listening to the latest Huberman Lab podcast. I take a cold shower.
I have a cup of coffee and my morning supplements, plus the Longvida (400mg capsule). I work on my laptop for a bit, including typing some of this out.
I do my usual daily Vielight Neuro session.
My wife wakes up feeling improved, but like me, has some symptoms lingering, including general muscle ache and lack of energy, but she now feels like she can focus her attention in a relatively effortless way. She does a 20-minute session with the Vielight X-Plus whilst working on her computer and editing documents.
I work for a couple of hours, doing two video conference calls.
My son eventually wakes up around 1 pm, after sleeping for about 14 hours. He feels good, with just a little bit of lingering sore throat and a little nasal congestion. He does a 20-minute session with the Vielight X-Plus.
We do a three-round session of breathing, then I do a three-round session with my wife. I have now done three total sessions for the day.
I take my first standard dose of the SynaQuell.
My son takes his standard supplements, plus the Longvida Curcumin. He seems to be doing so well, I no longer think the SynaQuell is necessary for him. He only took it for three days, and only a 1/4 adult dose each day.
I do a 20-minute session with the Vielight X-Plus. This is my first time using it with the nasal applicator since Day 1. Previously, I used the laser on my thymus only.
I work most of the day with good mental and physical energy. In the late afternoon, my son and I play a quick game of badminton.
I take my second standard dose of the SynaQuell.
In the evening, I get a return of our sore throat. I eat some Himalayan salt, then have some honey loquat with hot water.
My wife takes a bath for a long time. She reports having normal energy alternating with feelings of exhaustion.
At 2:30 AM, I wake up having a minor coughing fit. After it settles down, I realise that I’m having some sneaky post-nasal drip that could spell eventual lung issues.
So I get up, go to the kitchen, have a chewable zinc lozenge, sit in the living room and do three rounds of breathing, inhaling through the mouth, and focusing pressure on my throat during the recovery breath phase. Afterwards, I have a second chewable zinc lozenge and go back to bed.
With my head on the pillow, I mentally lament not using zinc lozenges and salt gargling earlier in this process. The throat seems like one of the main pathways this virus is working in, a main point of attack, and I’ve overlooked it. I haven’t defended that part of the pitch—and it’s such a straightforward area to defend because you have direct access to it.
If I had to do it again, I’d have something like Tom’s of Maine Sea Salt Mouthwash on hand. I have no affiliation with Tom’s of Maine, although I presume there is no Tom anymore, and if there ever was a Tom, I’m guessing he was given a really nice pair of cement shoes at his early retirement ceremony with Burt from Burt’s Bees. I’m not completely cynical, mind you. Be prepared for the worst and be welcoming to the best, that’s my motto.
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