COVID-19: SE Minnesota Mom Goes from Denier to Diagnosed
She's out of quarantine now, but Lynnzy Thompson, Stewartville, Minnesota mother of two, wants to spread the word. Covid-19 is for real. She knows, because she was whacked upside the head with it after a family getaway.
I'll be honest with you, James. I was not a believer in COVID whatsoever. My fiancé wasn't either. We were kind of, you know, one of those people who were like, Oh, it's a conspiracy. This is going to be over, you know, in November, once we vote for president and we just weren't, we weren't afraid of it. And we were just kind of like, you know what, if we're going to get it and let's get it. And Holy buckets, I wish I could eat those words.
There's the pain of being quarantined from your daughters, from your fiancee...but there's also physical pain, too.
..when I looked at a doctor in the hospital...like put me out, I cannot do this. I can't handle the amount of pain that I'm in and how I feel. And I told them, I've been through childbirth, I've broken bones. I said, I'd rather give birth to quintuplets with no medication than ever feel like this. Like it's just literally excruciating. And even worse than that, is missing my kids. I literally just cry every day. Like why was I so stupid and naive to let this happen to me? Because I miss them so much. It's just so different.
In a recent Facebook post, Lynnzy Thompson said she's no longer contagious, but may live with fatigue, head aches, and loss of smell and taste for a couple of months.
It can be really hard to accept when we're wrong about something, and I want to thank Lynnzy for talking to me and spreading the word. That takes guts (tho anyone that knows her knows when something inside her, she is NOT going to be quiet about it lol).
Wear your mask, wash your hands, socially distance yourself.
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Hello, thank you for listening to the show. I really appreciate it. I'm James Rabe. Andy Brownell is on vacation and today we are going to hear a conversation I had with Lynnzy Thompson. She is a mom of two from Stewartville. This is an interview I recorded last week and she did not believe in COVID-19. She thought it was a hoax, but now she believes why, because she caught it.
I I'll be honest with you, James. I was not a believer in COVID whatsoever. My fiancé wasn't either. We were kind of, you know, one of those people who were like, Oh, he's a conspiracy. This is going to be over, you know, in November, once we vote for president and we just weren't, we weren't afraid of it. And we were just kind of like, you know what, if we're going to get it and let's get it. And Holy buckets, I wish I could eat those words. And we decided to take a trip out of state a couple of weeks ago. Um, and we were gone for five days and I came home and I felt tired at first. And I had a headache and I, I tracked it up as you know, I just feel to say, cause you've been indication for five days, so there wasn't as much sleep per se.
And then the next morning I woke up and I had a super fever and I was like, Oh no, like this is not happening to me. And my fiancé looked at me and he's like, um, maybe you should get tested for COVID. And I was like, ha ha like you're stupid. I'm not doing that. Like it's not real. And then my fever increased in my head, felt like it was going to explode. And it was like, okay, this isn't funny. Maybe I really should. And so I called the hospital to get my test scheduled and I went and got tested in the very next morning. I woke up to my test results saying that they were detected and I just cried and thought, this is not real life. Like, how is this possible? And then that gave, and my fiancé called and said, my fiancé has called did I think I should get tested too. And so he went in and he tested positive as well. And something that's been extraordinarily interesting through this whole entire thing is I had every single aspect. My body was falling apart. I still it's been 11 days. I still can't smell anything. I can't taste anything whatsoever. Um, I had still feels very heavy and I'm still extraordinarily tired, but I was in the hospital for three days. I couldn't lift my head or walk by myself. It was really, really scary. Wow.
This is so much worse than a lot of people think.
Oh, it's unbelievable. And that's the thing. Like I, you know, I was that person that didn't wasn't as careful with my mask. I didn't want to wear a mask. I work under my nose because I thought that the mask was, you know, uncomfortable and inconvenient saying. And so I just didn't care. And now I'm like, Oh my gosh. Now I keep seeing all these things, social media, where people are saying the same things that I said, and I'm like, Oh no, please listen to me. It's so, so terrible. When, when I, anybody knows me, knows that I have like super love for candles. I'm picking them up and smelling them. Like, please let me smell it today. And I can't smell anything. I can't taste anything. It's just, it's insane. I have to send in my vitals three times a day and I'm constantly on the phone with doctor it consumed and controls your life. I haven't seen my children two weeks. I also passed it on to my mother. She tested positive as well for COVID and it is, it's been absolutely
You live your life out loud on, on Facebook. And you're very, very public about what goes on in your life. So I, first of all, super appreciate you being willing to talk about this and say, Hey, I was mistaken. That's, that's huge. But I also know that man, your kids are your world. Your girls are your world.
They are. And that's probably literally part of on all of this, but you know, despite all of the pain and everything, and I'm telling you, when I looked at a doctor in the hospital and such as tranquil me, like put me out, I cannot do this. I can't handle the amount of pain that I'm in and how I feel. And I told them, I've been through childbirth, I've broken bones. I said, I'd rather give birth to quintuplets with no medication than ever feel like this. Like it's just literally excruciating. And even worse than that, isn't acing my kids. I literally just cry every day. Like why was I so stupid and naive to let this happen to me? Because I miss them so much. It's just so different.
Well, you know, I, I want you to cut yourself some Slack because you don't know until, you know, and now you are making sure that everyone knows, but I'm curious what, what happens next? What do the doctors say goes on next?
So what's really interesting with that is like my fiancé didn't show any symptoms and that's the scariest thing that I want to like, let people know, like Matt had one day where he just kind of felt tired and that was it. And he looked at me and said, Lindsay, this is the scariest thing I would've went towards every single day. I would have went to the grocery store. I would have went and had a drink with our friends. Like I would have spread this to so many people and I never, would've got the test done. Had you not shown a bunch of symptoms and that's super scary. You have no idea how many people you are walking around every single day, that habit. And don't know they have it when my mom and I got full bore symptoms. So Matt is doing great.
This is Rochester's Newstalk 1340 K ROC am in 96, nine FM. I'm James Arabian Rochester today. And we're talking with Lynnzy Thompson from Stewartville mom of two. And that once you've discovered you had COVID and now that you are into quarantine and stuff, what, uh, what's going,
What happens is you have the Minnesota department of health that calls you the CDC, that calls you doctors and nurses from the hospital that are calling you. And what they're saying is for 10 days, we are contagious from the day that we start showing symptoms. And so yesterday was my day 10. I'm so afraid to make anyone feel the way that I feel, but I'm not going anywhere today. There's no way that I want to make anyone sick. And how do they know what specifically 10 days and very difficult. Cause a lot of the answers you do get from all of them and it's, you know, we don't, we think we know. And then all of a sudden this virus mutates and it changes. So we're not 110% sure. And that's a very scary answer because when you have this, you want for sure answers on what's going to happen. So, um, next Monday will be, my fourth will be 14 days. Anyone who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive, like my father and my oldest daughter who is around us, they have to quarantine for the full 14 days and cannot have any human interaction whatsoever where people who test positive for it, stop being contagious after 10 days, and then can be released back into the world. However, you have to be symptom free, meaning no fever, no medication help, nothing for at least 24 hours before you do so.
And then those are all good protocols to have. But man, I can't imagine being your daughter.
Oh my gosh. Her birthday, September 2nd. And she's mortified. She's so afraid. Like, first of all, we're like, [inaudible] we don't, we don't understand that. It makes no sense whatsoever. The people I went on vacation with all tested negative and shared things, you know like, so you take half the shuttle they got, you know, and then they didn't get sick. And it was like, how does, how? And you know, my mom and my dad, they're in love, they smooch. And we're like, how did he not get it? And I kissed my kids and my oldest daughter was around me and I'm like, we just don't understand how they don't get it. I'm so grateful that they didn't. But she's, I mean, she's literally sat in one room pretty much for two weeks. And I, I mean, I feel so bad for her. It's the most miserable thing in the world.
Yeah. Are you, are you feeling better?
What is that like right now at nine 23, I'm feeling better, but this thing is so up and down and up and down like yesterday, I had a really bad day and the day before that I thought I was cured right. For a few hours. So like right now I feel really good. Now it depends on what I do today. How hard I push myself. If I sit on my butt all day in a way better chance, but then I'm miserable mentally. You know? So it just kinda depends. Like they said, it can just go up and down and up and down. And the other thing that sucks is they said that a lot of these symptoms can stay with me for a month or two months after. So I can be tired for the next two months. 17 could stay the lack of smell and taste could stay with me. There's a lot of the symptoms that just don't go away right away, which is so miserable.
Well, and have they talked to you at all about long term effects
Said some people have had residual effects that were like the lack of taste. The lack of smell, the fatigue. People are on week three earth, sorry, monthly or month four after, after COVID and they still are showing me symptoms. And so we have no idea like how long some of these symptoms are going to sit with us. And, um, you know, they said I had a nurse in the hospital actually that told me his specific words where I've gotten COVID twice. Well, I got right on the phone and called my lady friend that, you know, I've been talking to through the CDC and the Minnesota department of health. And I said, is this really possible? And they said, no, what happened was he tested positive? He went through his two weeks. He started feeling good again. Well then a week and a half later, he started getting symptoms again and tested positive again. Well that's because he was never negative, positive that entire time. And the virus just held on inside his body and gave him a week and a half where he felt better. Right. So we have to be very careful.
This is Rochester's Newstalk 1340 KROC AM. And 96, nine FM. I'm James Rabe on Rochester Today. And we're talking with Lynnzy Thompson from Stewartville
The one thing that I really want to get through to people because I keep seeing so many people saying that a flu is a flu. This is not any kind of flu you have ever experienced. I had H one N one, my fiance has had norovirus. My daughter had rotovirus. Those are some really killer foods. Right? And they, they were terrible. And I, my fiancé lost 10 pounds in three days, I was in the hospital for three days. This is a thousand times worse. The symptoms for this are so much worse than any flu you have ever experienced in your whole entire life. And I mean, you just, people need to wake up. I needed to wake up. I literally think God is like, Oh, she doesn't believe in this. Let me teach you something child like, and Holy buckets, I have learned my lesson and it is, it is a hard, the hardest lesson I've ever had to learn in my life.
And when you get out, what's the first thing you want to do.
I know exactly what I'm going to do. First thing I'm going to do is go swing some golf clubs and let out some animosity from being cooped up for two weeks and I'm going to go golf.
Right. Well, that's good. That's excellent. That's fantastic. Do you have a favorite golf course?
I do it at St. Charles golf course all the way. They're the coolest people ever, and their memberships are so affordable and they're just wonderful people.
This is Rochester today. I'm James Rabe along with Lynnzy Thompson, mom of two in Stewartville who contracted COVID-19. Thank you so much for hanging out and sharing your story, Lynnzy.
Thank you. I appreciate it so much.
Since that interview was recorded. Lindsay is now out of quarantine. Thank you so much for listening to Rochester Today.
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