John Ellis with his beloved Mum
John Ellis in happier times supporting Spurs

John Ellis, a UK-based friend of mine, is such an avid supporter of the football team we both support, Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) he not only goes to most games but also writes vivid reports of the action. John is always upbeat. up for the game, and a drink with his fellow fans. But he’s been quiet lately, until he surfaced to admit, he has Coronavirus. Here’s his story, and his battle versus “IT” and it has changed everything.

“A couple of days ago, I was on Day 19 of having the virus and finally felt on the verge of coming out the other side. But then the last two nights I had fever again — I am not out of the woods yet. For those interested, here are a few notes of how it affected me:

“The virus has gone through many forms. In the early days, I was laid in bed, teeth chatteringly cold, with a tracksuit and several layers on absolutely exhausted and wiped out. I threw away a toothbrush as the taste was just so weird. Then there was a period of fever, sickness and diarrhea, sometimes at the same time. I couldn’t eat or look after myself in any way. Of late I experienced the most extreme headaches and eye pains — like a laser pain straight through my eyeball, just to give a view of what it is like.


“The worst was last Friday night, it was 7.30pm and I could feel the eye pain coming on. My next paracetamol (pain reliever) wasn’t until 9.30pm. So, I laid in bed drinking water to try to get to 9.30. The pain was excruciating. Eventually, I got there but by 11pm the tablets hadn’t worked. The next paracetamol couldn’t be taken until 3.30am. I was in despair. The last time I looked the time was 3.10am but must have fallen asleep as then it was 4.30am. By then the pain had subsided in my right eye but was now in my left eye. I drank 4.5 litres of water in less than 24 hours.

“I live alone and my daughter bought me migraine patches which can be worn for 8 hours and helped the next night. The pain to my head and eyes originate from the glands in back of my head. At my daughter’s suggestion, I used a hot water bottle on the back of my head last night which worked and the headaches and eye aches subsided.

“PS Whatever you do — please keep yourself and your family safe from this.

ME vs IT

“In the dark of the night, I have been laid in bed in the house on my own and without being overly dramatic…it was ME versus IT. And, throughout this period, there has also been the persistent but not severe cough. I knew the importance of needing to avoid problems with my lungs and the wheezes always sounded louder in the middle of the night.

“The doctor, who said I have gone through every single symptom of the disease, prescribed me with an inhaler as a precaution and I have so far managed to avoid using it (until the last two nights). I also held my head under a towel over a bowl of hot water with a teaspoon of Vicks VapoRub which has helped my breathing. I don’t know whether it helped but I avoided ibuprofen.


“Today, April 01, I am now heading into my third week, and my friend Ashley asked for an update. Here are a few bullet points as I feel exhausted today: I live on my own. Haven’t seen a soul for 48 hours. I turn 61 this month (April). I am not out of the woods yet. I’ve had fever last 2 nights and a more pronounced cough — and I have gone onto that inhaler When I felt my teeth chattering cold, I had to tell myself to get a grip as I was concerned my body might go into shock/heart attack.


“There have been times in the dark of the night when it really was ME vs IT. But in spite of the headaches and eye aches I’ve mostly felt strong enough to fight it. Some keys are: Spirit, resolve, resilience, bloody mindedness, stubbornness. Some advice: it seems to be the natural remedies that help most — sleep, rest, more sleep, 3 litres of water a day, hot drinks with lemon and honey, hot water bottle on back of neck and head, head under towel over hot bowl of water with teaspoon of Vicks. I’m forcing myself to eat even when I didn’t want to as I have no taste supported by paracetamol every 6 hours. Oh yeah, avoid ibuprofen!”

Here’s to happy times again for John Ellis

You can reach John Ellis on his Facebook page. Author/blogger Ashley Jude Collie’s new sci-fi, dystopian novel, REJEX, is available on Amazon (US) and Amazon (UK), and Amazon worldwide. The upcoming second book in his REJEX trilogy is called — “It. Changed. Everything.”

Award-winning journalist-author-blogger for Playboy, TO Star, Movie Entertainment, HuffPost, Hello Canada & my novel REJEX (Pulp Hero Press) is on Amazon.