It has been a long, long

crawl up to feeling anything close to normal.

To summarize. I started to feel lousy on the flight. Dani kept looking at me and asking if I was doing ok. We had managed a two seat exit row so at least no one was stuck sitting directly next to me. Shall we discuss fever and shaking chills? I stayed masked the whole way home and headed upstairs to the spare room so that I wouldn’t expose George to the plague.

Home tests on Sunday were neg for COVID. I didn’t believe it, so called in and asked to be tested. After the usual discussions, George took me over to the Oakland VA who then asked me why I was there. “Because this is where the advice nurse from upstairs said to come. She said you would call them and they would send someone down….” 45 minutes later they finally had it figured out and I got swabbed.

No surprise, when I looked up my test on Tues morning it was positive. Then I had the fun discussion with the advice line nurse about the fact that I was fairly high risk and wanted Paxlovid. After going around about the fact that 24 hours after the + test did NOT mean 24 hours ill, I was more like 72 hours ill and needed to get things under control. At least we could pick it up from our local CVS and didn’t have to drive back to Oakland.

I actually don’t remember much of next three days except for a lot of coughing and feeling like crap. For anyone whose experience with COVID was mild disease, I find you extremely lucky. I don’t consider making it 2 ½ years without getting infected a matter of luck. I have been fully immunized and boosted (except for the most recent booster which wasn’t available prior to our trip). I wore a mask every where, all the time. So the only way I could have picked up COVID was from someone who was ill, shedding virus and not wearing a mask. And it would have had to have been in the Cafe area where we sat as far away from everyone as possible.

I am still pretty wiped out – and this is day 8. I am taking it easy. I am still disgusted about the whole thing. It has messed up my trip planning, my routine follow-up appointments that had been scheduled for this coming week and life in general.

Plus, I really want to sleep in my own bed…….

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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2 Responses to It has been a long, long

  1. Cat says:

    Trust you are now starting to feel much better. It is a b….awful virus and I wish some people here would take it more seriously. I am still masked up when I head to the shops etc. People may stare and ask but I am endeavouring to reduce the risk. (I had a mild dose earlier and THAT was more than enough.) Virtual and long distance hug

    • Holly says:

      I don’t see myself dropping masks anytime soon. By the time it would be safe, we will have another variant….

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