Coronavirus: A Good Recovery!
Posted on Apr 23, 2020
Wonderful news! One of our patient community, Dolores W. (73 years old), just recovered from COVID-19. I thought you would like to hear her story and know how her recovery went.
I first heard about Dolores’ health from her daughter Lisa, also a longtime member of our patient community:
“Dr. Wonson! I hope this email finds you well. My Mom has COVID-19 with viral pneumonia and she is in the hospital. This is her third day. Her vitals are good but she has trouble breathing and is exhausted. It does not help that the food is horrible and they will not allow outside food. Can you recommend a formula for her? Do you have any advice about her healing? I trust your healing abilities! Thank you! -Lisa W.”
I called Lisa right away. I recommended that her Mom:
- Avoid milk, cheese, yogurt, orange juice (these produce excess mucus and cause more congestion)
- Eat frequently to increase and maintain her energy
- Eat warming foods, drink hot water and tea (One of the key symptoms is extreme fatigue. Warmth and heat give a person energy to fight this virus.)
- Foods should include chicken broth, eggs, beets, ginger tea
- Use lots blankets to keep herself warm and apply heat to her chest and upper shoulders
- Increase lymphatic movements by gently pumping arms and legs
- Breath in from her nose, breath out through the mouth
- Roll shoulders back and forth and make chicken wing movements
- Sit up, head back, lift chest; Sit up, head forward, round the back
- Take frequent hot showers, being careful to stay warm coming out of shower
- Meditate and imagine her body’s white blood cells dissolving the virus
Nine days later, Dolores was released from the hospital. We talked a few days later and here’s what she said:
“It happened so fast. I woke up on March 28th and felt an elephant sitting on my chest. I could hardly walk and breathing was increasingly difficult. I could not taste any food or smell anything– I knew there was something very wrong with me. I called my doctor and was sent to the hospital immediately. Once there, they tested me for the virus, took an X-ray of my chest and secured my vitals and breathing before admitting me to the infectious disease ward. The doctors’ and nurses’ facial expressions looked very concerned as they treated my symptoms. But I felt safe. The medical staff was knowledgeable and quick to help, all the while making me feel comfortable and cared for.
Nine days I spent in the infectious disease ward– four days in ICU and five in medical. I was so grateful each day to wake up to such caring nurses, holding my hand and keeping me happy and warm. I didn’t have an appetite but after you (Dr. Wonson) instructed me to drink hot chicken broth I asked the nurse to bring it to me. I sipped on the broth three to four times a day.
After a couple of days, my taste buds came back and I was so happy to taste the broth. Since my release, my doctors have followed up and my oxygen level is at 95%. I’m lucky to have my family taking care of me with lots of prayers and love from everyone, coming my way.
You (Dr. Wonson) saved my immune system– the first defense against the virus. Your advice shifted the course of action to fight the virus with immune boosting food, heat, movement and mental imagery. Your specific guidelines made my immunity strong enough to fight the virus and I am forever grateful.”
Today, Dolores’ food intake is still reduced compared to prior COVID-19 but she is slowly getting back her appetite. Hot showers make her feel great and she continues drinks hot chicken broth made by her daughter Lisa. Her cough is almost gone and her temperature is normal.
Her internist and I both reminded her that recovering from COVID-19 is like running a marathon, it takes time and energy. It is very common that a person can feel better one day and starts to do slightly more activity, then relapse and feel drained. So it is important to be patient, limit activities, stay warm, eat/drink warm and rest.
Dolores wants to remind us how important it is to do our part – wear a mask, wear gloves, practice social distancing and stay home. Medical doctors and nurses are in serious danger if we are not doing our part.
Let’s all send Dolores good healing energy and wish her a continued good recovery!
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