RHONJ's Jennifer Aydin Gives Health Update on Coronavirus Battle as She Celebrates 43rd Birthday
"I feel better than ever," Jennifer Aydin said on Thursday
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star shared an update on her health on Thursday, while celebrating her 43rd birthday.
“I feel great! Amazing! No symptoms since Sunday and I feel better than ever!,” Aydin wrote in an Instagram post.
She also shared a series of videos on her Instagram Story, boasting that she feels “good as new” and that her sense of taste has come back.
Her happy news comes over a week after Aydin revealed she had tested positive for the virus.
As she explained in an Instagram post on April 8, she first started experiencing symptoms on March 30, including extreme fatigue and a cough. Though she presented without a fever, her husband Bill Aydin— a plastic surgeon — was able to get her a test 10 days later. She learned of her diagnosis on April 6.
By that time, Jennifer had already been quarantined in her room away from her husband and their five young children (daughters Gabriella, 12, and Olivia, 7, and sons Justin, 15, Jacob, 11, and Christian, 8).
On Thursday, Jennifer emerged from her self-isolation, to spend time with her family.
Wearing a “heavy-duty mask,” she opened presents from her kids and was greeted with two bouquets of roses from her husband. Her mother, sister and niece also visited, singing her “Happy Birthday” and presenting her with handmade-cards, signs, and a plate of brownies from the safety of their car.
“There’s so much to be thankful for and grateful for,” Jennifer told her followers. “The first time in the world ever during our existence God has forced us all to be still. Just to be still in this moment in time. So I’m trying to look at the positives. I have my health and my friends and my family. And my kids. My kids are the best thing ever. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my babies. I thank Bill Aydin for that.”
“I just want everybody to enjoy their day,” she said. “Try to look at all the positives. No matter what s—’s going on in the world, it can always be worse.”
She also joked about the downside to getting her taste buds back.
“When this quarantine s— started happening, I started to gain some weight. Almost like, 5 lbs, because we were just eating all day. And then once I lost my sense of taste, that went out the door. But now that it’s coming back, I feel a problem coming on,” she admitted.
“I feel that now that my taste buds are coming back, I’m going to be eating a lot more, which is the danger zone,” she said. “Because I liked losing the weight! I don’t like gaining the weight! So that’s something we need to be careful of. ”
That didn’t stop Aydin from indulging in some sweets on her birthday.
The one thing she didn’t do? Drink. Though she was planning on having some tequila — the first sip of alcohol she would have had ‘in months” — she revealed she “ended up not drinking.”
“I couldn’t do it, I’m not ready,” Jennifer said. “The thought of any alcohol right now makes me want to vomit. I’d rather have milk and cake and a brownie!”
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Jennifer is still the only star of the Real Housewives franchise to reveal she’s tested positive for coronavirus.
Bravo boss Andy Cohen had also tested positive for the contagious respiratory virus. He’s since recovered and is back to work on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, broadcasting the show from his home six nights a week.
At least 667,945 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the United States as of Friday morning, according to a New York Times database. Of those, at least 30,665 people have died.
New York and New Jersey have been hit particularly hard, the two states leading the number of cases in the U.S. New York has at least 222,284 cases and at least 12,192 deaths, while New Jersey has at least 75,317 cases and at least 3,518 deaths.
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