Candlelight Estates resident Selena Crochet took her two children to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on March 13 to visit her parents. Crochet’s mother started feeling ill five days later, but thought it might be related to allergies.
The next day, Crochet took a turn for the worse, too.
“I had head congestion, and a sore throat, but no fever,” she said.
When her mother, Paula King, went to the hospital in Mississippi for a COVID-19 test, Crochet returned to Houston and quarantined herself and her children so as not to be a burden on her parents. On March 23, she talked to her doctor, who told her at the time she wouldn’t qualify for a COVID-19 test because of her age and because she was not immunocompromised.
“He told me to continue to stay home,” Crochet said.
On March 24, King received a positive result for COVID-19, the upper-respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus. That’s when Crochet called her pediatrician because of her concern for her oldest child, who has asthma.
“(My son) was the one the pediatrician said we should be worried about,” Crochet said. “She told us to assume we all had it.”
Crochet’s younger daughter had a sore throat and congestion for three days, but it was Crochet who got the worst of it.
“The sore throat and cough got better, but I had a constant headache that my migraine medicine didn’t touch,” she said. “I slept 14 hours a day for the next 12 days.”
After two hospital stays, Crochet said her mother was prescribed an at-home oxygen treatment because she was having breathing difficulties. During that time, Crochet’s father in Mississippi, Clark King, also got a positive COVID-19 test result.
Crochet’s son did not become ill, but she now wonders about a sore throat he had during the Mississippi visit that only lasted for a day.
In early April, the family’s quarantine was lifted and Crochet said all are feeling better. Crochet said no one else she knows has tested positive for COVID-19. She looks forward to getting an antibody test when it is available and is willing to donate blood or plasma to potentially help others.
Although she exhibited some of the common symptoms of COVID-19, which are fever, shortness of breath and a dry cough, Crochet said her cough was not dry.
“It was very productive,” she said.
Grateful for a full recovery, Crochet said her likely infection was “miserable.” About a week into her illness, she said she also lost her sense of taste for four days.
At first hesitant to publicize her story, Crochet said she was bolstered by a phone call with someone in the neighborhood who had anxiety about COVID-19.
“She said she felt much better after talking to me,” Crochet said. “It made me want to share.”