Hi all -
I know there have been some questions and curiosities around how covid affects those with APS. I had it so I thought I’d share my experience.
I’m 34 and just had my second child on 8/25. I started feeling poorly around 8/29 and tested positive doe COVID on 9/3. I was on lovenox injections throughout pregnancy and was still on them when I tested positive at just over a week postpartum (double prophylactic dose of 40mg twice a day). My early symptoms were a low fever, lots of congestion and phlegm, and a weird smell in my nose that was very sharp. I had a cesarean and was on high doses of Tylenol and ibuprofen to control my post op pain, which may have been unknowingly keeping my fever down.
My husband also caught it (we believe we got it from an asymptomatic staff member at the hospital) and his symptoms were dramatic and severe. He had a much harder time with it than I did overall. High fevers, terrible body aches and nerve pain, crazy fatigue, a ridiculously high heart rate... he was completely down for the doubt.
It mostly ran its course for both of us in about 10 days but we had lingering dry coughs and fatigue. My symptoms mostly mimicked that of a moderate to severe sinus infection but I did completely lose my sense of taste and smell.
Honestly the hardest part for me was having to isolate my husband and not having any help with my toddler (who also got sick - high fever, runny nose, cough) and newborn plus being just a week post op. The toddler was not a fan of the sick mom, hiding dad, and new needy baby combo and I was doing a lot more lifting then I should have been. I’m also mad it took away from what started out as normal postpartum time. My first spent 2.5 months in the NiCU and was very premature, so I thought I was home free with my second (born at 37 weeks) but then boom.. covid.
It really sucked but we survived. Just wanted to share an experience with it from a triple positive APS perspective. Happy to answer any questions as well.