Dylan Dreyer’s Husband Had “Alarming Stomach Issues” Before Coronavirus Diagnosis

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  • Dylan Dreyer’s husband Brain Fichera revealed that he tested positive for coronavirus.

  • Brian, who is now symptom-free, initially experienced a steady fever, stomach issues, and “debilitating” headaches.

  • Brian also said there is an emotional component to the disease, and he “cried a lot.”

Brian Fichera, husband of Today’s Dylan Dreyer, has opened up about his experience with the novel coronavirus after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. Brian shared a photo to Instagram of his son Calvin’s room, where he was quarantined.

In the post, Brian wrote that about three weeks ago he “spiked a fever and had some unsettling and alarming stomach issues,” prompting him to self-isolate. “This was my world for about 10 days,” he said.

He continued to detail his symptoms and experience with coronavirus. “The fever never really got above 101 but it also never got below for well over a week. The headaches were debilitating. No amount of Tylenol could put a dent in my headaches or temperature,” he said.

After six days, the hotline he called deemed it “necessary” for him to get tested, which revealed a positive result.

“This disease is also brilliant and diabolical. It will let up just enough to allow you to feel good about yourself and walk to the bathroom....but then it will suddenly attack you as if it knows you are at the farthest away from your bed,” he wrote. “When it hits hard you can’t move, and it feels like you’re snorkeling through a cocktail straw.”

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This is Cals room. The bed is roughly the size of a coffin. A little over 3 weeks ago I spiked a fever and had some unsettling and alarming stomach issues. We didn’t waste a second...we immediately realized I needed to Quarantine myself. Calvin was already sleeping in our room so before I moved into Cals room permanently Dylan took out some of Cals favorite toys before I made it my quarantine zone. This was my world for about 10 days. The fever never really got above 101 but it also never got below for well over a week. The headaches were debilitating. No amount of Tylenol could put a dent in my headaches or temperature. There was also an emotional component to this disease. I cried. ALOT. I never cry (unless homeward bound or Forrest Gump is on tv). After 6 days it was deemed necessary by the hotline I called that I take a test....it was positive. I had it. This disease is also brilliant and diabolical. It will let up just enough to allow you to feel good about yourself and walk to the bathroom....but then it will suddenly attack you as if it knows you are at the farthest away from your bed. When it hits hard you can’t move, and it feels like you’re snorkeling through a cocktail straw. People have compared it to the flu ...for me it was reminiscent of mono. you have to anticipate the deeply personal attacks of this virus because it seems to be tailor made to whoever it attaches to. It’s the Freddy Krueger of virus’s because it knows where you are weakest and knows your deepest fears and it attacks accordingly. Anyway I was lucky and have been symptom free for a week. All I can say is hydrate, cry and be patient. When you feel 100% and feel like you beat this thing wait 3 more days. Take care and if anyone has any questions or needs to talk that is going through it or knows someone going through it please DM me and I will get back to you. Be safe. Be smart. Be humble.

A post shared by Brian Fichera (@fishlense) on Apr 15, 2020 at 9:39am PDT

Brian said dealing with the effects of the virus also took a toll on his mental health. “There was also an emotional component to this disease. I cried. A LOT,” he said. “It’s the Freddy Krueger of viruses because it knows where you are weakest and knows your deepest fears and it attacks accordingly.”

Now, the 32-year-old has been symptom-free for about a week. “All I can say is hydrate, cry, and be patient. When you feel 100% and feel like you beat this thing, wait three more days,” he said. “Be safe. Be smart. Be humble.”

Despite his experience, Brian has been making light of quarantine to keep his family laughing. On Wednesday night, he surprised Dylan with a Smirnoff Ice drink in her takeout bag, which means she’ll have to chug the whole bottle. Brian recorded the hilarious prank and shared it to Instagram. (Dylan did not look happy!)

He also made fun of their quarantine hair. “Q day 27,” he says, while holding up his grown-in hair. “I don’t think Dylan Dreyer’s a real blonde,” he whispered. Fans thought the video was hilarious, with someone even suggesting that he ask Carson Daly to cut his hair, after the Today host had his son give him a buzz on live TV.

Dylan’s fans were quick to defend her dark roots. “Someone is gonna be in trouble!!” a fan commented. Glad to see you’re on the mend, Brian!

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