Corona Virus Testing: How to Care for Yourself Afterwards
By Jazmin Stearne
The testing method for the Corona virus could use some improvement, as of right now. Most will agree. I believe this will happen in the future; but of course, it will take some time. As of this writing, the test is widely regarded as painful to say the least. I have not taken the test myself. However, I know many people who have. This includes members of my own household. I’ve seen how uncomfortable this test can be. What are some ways to take care of yourself (and your loved ones) after the COVID test is over? This post will list three ways you can protect yourself (and others) when you come home from the test.
- Treat Yourself
I accompanied my mother as she was tested. It was administered in her car, so we were able to drive off afterwards. After she went through this uncomfortable procedure, the person who gave her the test suggested she drive across the street to Jack-in-the-Box and treat herself to a burger. That is exactly what we did. As she was chowing down on her burger, I thought this was an excellent idea. After going through a stressful day, why not treat yourself afterwards? So, for those of you who plan on getting the COVID test, treat yourself to something pleasant once the test is over with. Eat your favorite dessert, or if possible, buy yourself something nice. It doesn’t have to be big, just treat yourself to something that makes you feel good. Also, be proud of yourself for taking this test in the first place. Not only are you taking care of yourself, you are protecting others in your community. So, go ahead and reward yourself. You deserve it!
- Create a soothing home environment
Prepare your living space ahead of time, before the test. Make your environment as soothing as possible. Dim the lights, take a bubble bath, light scented candles. Those are some examples. When you come home from the test, be sure you set some time aside for rest.
- Protect others who live with you
When my family member was tested for COVID, we had to quarantine our household. She was displaying symptoms at the time, so this was the smartest thing we could do to protect each other. I was the only one who did not display any symptoms of the virus, so I had to be sure I stayed six feet apart from this family member. Social distancing at home can be tricky. So, for this reason, try to plan ahead if you can. Plan your meals ahead of time. Figure out who will watch the kids. These are some examples. I also suggest cleaning your home as thoroughly as possible, especially countertops, light switches, and doorknobs.
Ensure your environment is as stress free as you can as you wait for the results of your test. I know it can be very suspenseful, especially if you have symptoms. Try to distract yourself as much as possible until you receive your results. Thankfully, both of my family members tested negative. As the testing method improves, I suspect it will no longer take 1-2 days for the results. Obviously, the testing method itself can use some improvements; as mentioned above. Megan Dozler is the founder of Core3 Harmony and Wellness and provides therapy to our clients. She has recently taken the test and has this to say, “Uncomfortable doesn’t do it justice to describe this test. Especially if you are someone who doesn’t like anyone touching your nose, things being up your nose, or on your nose like a mask. It was painful and alarming to the point that you almost feel violated by an object being shoved up your nose.”
Megan also added, “When was the last time anyone was tested to see if they have the Flu? I mean, we are pushed to get the vaccine, but what about getting tested? And we’ve learned that different strains of the Flu and even the Corona virus occur so how do we stay ahead of it?”
As we head into the future of COVID testing, always follow CDC guidelines. If you are concerned about your symptoms, please get tested. Protect yourself and others in your community as best you can. If you are struggling emotionally from the effects of the Corona virus, give our office a call to schedule your free 20-minute consultation.
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