Ladies and gentlemen, my antibody test results are in. Drum roll please….
I have developed antibodies to COVID-19! I’ll post a picture of my test results and give a completely non-medically intelligent explanation of them below.
This blog post is proving to be the hardest one to write because every time I think I understand what I’m looking at with the test, I end up with more questions than answers. I have pages of notes from the consult I had with my doctor. If I started typing those out I’d lose you, and here’s the deal…even my doctors don’t have all the answers. But do I have natural immunity? YES! Can I start donating my blood/plasma? SOON! I still have to wait for 14 days from my last symptom based on the requirements of the Red Cross, but I’m on day 11 now so I’m really close!
I’m going to shift this away from antibodies, and shift it toward two thoughts that came out of my conversations with health professionals this week.
First, stop believing everything you hear/read, and stop stressing yourself out by watching and reading too much news. The “infodemic” around COVID-19 is almost as bad as the pandemic. Not even doctors have all the answers yet, and most of what we do “know” about the virus is based on patterns, observation, and speculation. Don’t believe everything you hear, and don’t become Google doctors. This pandemic is bringing us down…globally, economically, financially, physically, emotionally, mentally…and the more time we spend focused/stressed about that, the more we are wearing down our immune systems. Which brings me to my next point…
We should all be building our personal armies and preparing our bodies for the war on COVID-19. What do I mean by that? Your immune system and your underlying health are what will get you through COVID-19, or not get you through COVID-19. There is not a mild version or a bad version of this virus. It affects everyone differently based on the health of the infected person’s immune system and their preexisting and underlying health conditions.
How do you build your immune system? Sleep. Eat well. Drink lots of water. Exercise. Get outdoors. Take your vitamins. Reduce stress. Meditate.
OK I’ll get off my soap box now. But I warned you in the title that there was going to be 2 soap boxes and you decided to read anyway, so that’s on you. 😉
Here are my results:
Here is a very brief explanation of what you’re looking at, and remember I’M NOT A DOCTOR but this is my understanding:
1gM, IgG, and IgA are all 3 different types of antibodies:
1gM: These indicate an active infection in your body. All of mine are negative, indicating that I have fought the virus and won. Had I taken this test even a week earlier it’s possible that I would have been positive for these antibodies.
1gG: This is the important one. These are the natural immunity antibodies that will remain in my system for long-term. I asked how long…there isn’t a known answer to that question. Why am I positive for only 3 of 4? No answer to that one either. It’s possible that my body is still developing that one, or my body just didn’t respond to that particular receptor. Again, more questions than answers here.
1gA: These antibodies indicate that I’ve had recent exposure to the virus. I could take the antibody test next week and these would all be negative. But when I took the test I was only 4 days symptom-free, so no one is surprised that these are still showing positive.
I’m not going to lie, that was really difficult to write. I don’t want to add to the “infodemic” by putting bad information out there. I feel a lot of responsibility when I am sharing my story, because I know a lot of people are reading this to better understand the virus. So for those of you who have made it this far, thank you for your love and support. My ask of you is to please spend some time focusing on your health (physical, mental, emotional, etc) right away. Reach out to me if you need help or accountability doing that. I’m here for you!