At home covid testing and recovery story

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  • Mon, Nov 22, 2021 - 10:35pm

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    ontheprairie

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Hello everyone. I see there are 3 at home covid tests available to purchase at Walgreens and probably other stores as well: Binaxnow, Quickvue and Intelliswab. Has anyone used any of these? My husband had covid and is pretty much over it except a lingering slight cough.  He would like to see if he tests negative without having to go back to the clinic before getting around people again, for peace of mind, even though we know that none of them are totally accurate.  A friend’s Dr. mentioned you can still test positive for a couple weeks even after symptoms are all gone, but not sure if that is correct.

He faired pretty well, 65, unv, severe sore throat, some sinuses and continuous mild temp, but didn’t really feel any lung involvement, mostly normal SpO2. The dry cough came at the very end and he has lost his taste/smell. Followed the FLCCC protocol, plus additional helps I had read along the way.  His temp went to normal on day 5, but on day 7 it started going up and down fairly rapidly and started the cough. He had already discussed getting the monoclonal antibodies beforehand due to my primary immune deficiency and autoimmunity, so he could get over it faster if need be, lowering my chances of getting it and had submitted the paperwork in case. So he went ahead and got them, had high temp, headache and tingling nerve endings for a day and then started feeling better fairly quick. Tomorrow will be 2 weeks from the first symptoms.  We are still amazed I stayed well, but lots of prayers from many people and a strict isolation protocol with air purifier and airing the house daily, plus I used parts of the FLCCC protocol as well for preventive.  Now he has natural immunity and if I get sick, we won’t be sick at the same time., so he can help me. Being able to gather information these past couple years from the PP tribe has been extremely helpful – thank you all!

P.S. He is doing the variety of essential oil smelling and strong taste testing each day to hopefully get his taste and smell working again. Also started taking ALA, that was suggested. We know people that had it return in weeks, and others took many months, so each person is unique.

  • Tue, Nov 23, 2021 - 12:10am

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Nice to hear your story of self-sufficiency Prairie.  Staying out of the hospital is job #1 for the unvaxed.  I have done some research into the test kits – the Abbott Labs (BinaxNow) should be a good one.  I bought two myself at Walgreens but have not tried using them yet.  I did some research when the (now at least temporarily legally defunct) OSHA mandate document was made public, and it actually allowed employers to use that very kit (among many).  It’s not too expensive – around $25 for two tests.  Personally I wouldn’t worry too much about testing negative while on the mend.. much more important just to be feeling better every day.

Daily things to add if recovery seems slow;  Flush Niacin 1 gram.  Melatonin as per FLCCC.  500 mg NAC.  High bioavailability curcumin.

Best regards, Jim

  • Tue, Nov 23, 2021 - 08:23am   (Reply to #2)

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I have used the Binaxnow several times and the results seems accurate.  Your story seems to parallel mine except I didn’t get the cough.   I threw the kitchen sink at it early, including mAbs, IVM and HCQ.   Taste and smell was lost for a bit but returned in about two weeks.   Glad to hear of your outcome.

  • Tue, Nov 23, 2021 - 11:27am

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Jim – thank you for the added information along with the binaxnow, I appreciate it! We are taking the other supplements you mentioned, but not all at full dose – trying to work up slowly, especially the flush niacin and melatonin.  We also nebulized .5 HP twice a day until a couple days ago, which I think kept his lung involvement down. He actually has a little more nasal congestion today, so making sure he gets claritin, guaifenesin and flonaise again today and will probably nebulize again. We might try the budesonide, just to see, per suggestion from another post. In general he is feeling much better, but yes, a few things still lightly lingering.

Zebra – thanks for the additional personal experience with binaxnow. I will try and get that one today. I chuckled at your post, because we also call it “throwing the kitchen sink at it”.  Glad your taste and smell came back quickly – we are hoping for the same!

 

  • Tue, Nov 23, 2021 - 12:03pm

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I have used the BinaxNow tests at least 20 times now. They do work when it’s important – pic to prove it below. I think they’re pretty good at determining whether you’re contagious, which is a different thing than what PCR tests are measuring.

For me and my wife, the only time the BinaxNow tests returned a positive result is right around the onset of symptoms. I didn’t test again for another 4 days after that, once I was definitely past the worst of it, and they started showing up negative from then on even though I had an occasional cough/post-infection bronchitis for another few weeks.  Apparently the virus was cleared and neutralized at that point.

Glad to hear everyone’s doing OK in your family. I recommend getting a PCR test and having that documented in the EMR, just in case people get sick of the collective insanity and start recognizing natural immunity. If that happens, who knows how much the rapid tests will count for. PCR will still probably show up for another week or so.

 

  • Tue, Nov 23, 2021 - 08:26pm

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Hi 408 – thank you for the additional personal info on using binaxnow.  He just did the test, and the sample line was very light, but visible when lit well.  The instructions do not directly say the lighter line, means the less amount of protein. Is that what it is supposed to mean though?

I am not sure what type of test was originally done at the urgent care 4 days into his illness, but they had to call later in the day with the results. Those results were used by the urgent care to get the county monoclonal antibody paperwork started.  We do need to ask for a paper confirmation from the urgent care for our records.

Thanks again for your help.

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