COVID report

For the past several days I have been home, diagnosed with covid, quarantined and barred from interacting face to face with the public. (But they haven’t banned me from the Internet yet!)

I repeatedly considered how much of my covid story I wanted to tell online. I am not alone—several family members are also affected—and when one of them mentioned all of us on Facebook, I (for one) was not pleased with the breach of privacy.

Let me just say, then, that several of us in the same family had the same symptoms around the same time. Some tested positive for covid. A couple tested negative. It’s possible that their test happened late enough that they had already recovered. None of us has a severe case. One of us was fully vaccinated, but that person tested positive and had the same symptoms, to the same degree, as the rest of us.

I started the month of May with a painful ear infection. I went to one of those streetside Urgent Care facilities, was diagnosed with an outer ear infection (sometimes called swimmer’s ear) and was given antibiotic drops to put in the ear. The pain went away, but I continued to feel as if the ear was blocked—a sense of fullness in that ear, and hearing loss in that ear. As a result, when I began to feel lightheaded and dizzy, with a loss of ability to concentrate, I thought the infection might have traveled to the inner ear. I was sick enough to call in sick for church on Sunday the 23rd and to call in sick for work on Monday the 24th. Since I also had a low fever that Sunday night, I thought it would be good to visit another Urgent Care facility on Monday. After a long wait, I was examined and was told that I had no ear infection, that my symptoms were probably due to TMJ—a disorder of the jaw joint that has nothing to do with infectious disease. With that diagnosis, I was sent home. They had not bothered to test me for covid.

Meanwhile, another family member with similar symptoms ended up at the emergency room because of low blood pressure. That was probably due to dehydration due to lack of appetite. But this family member also had pneumonia and had a rash from poison ivy. The hospital decided to run several tests (including checking for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever) and threw the covid test in as an afterthought. A positive result to that covid test brought me and others in for testing, and (as I say) I was one of the family members whose results came back as positive.

In other words, our several cases nearly went undetected and unreported. They could easily have been dismissed as seasonal allergies, ear infection, or a bad cold that made life hard for a few days and then left again. In fact, I have not felt terribly sick throughout this covid experience. I have been sicker before. I had shingles a few years ago, and that was ten times as bad. The biggest inconveniences from this covid experience have been the enforced quarantine at home and the long phone conversations with medical-data-gatherers who needed to interview each of us at length about when we got sick and where we had been and who else had been near us for any length of time.

My worst days of illnesses preceded my official diagnosis. In fact, the day after I was diagnosed with covid, I went out and mowed the lawn. Mowing usually takes an hour. Because I broke the job into segments and rested between segments, this mowing session lasted about two hours. But I haven’t been able to mow on schedule this spring because of all the rain, and I wanted to get the job done before the next rain and before the weather got hot. So Tuesday afternoon, while recovering from covid, I mowed.

Now that I have covid, I think I am entitled to an opinion about how the virus crisis has been handled over the past year-and-a-half. My opinion is this: those of us who were sick should be quarantined during the course of the illness. Vulnerable members of the population should be restricted for their own safety. Shutting down entire cities and countries was wrong. Trying to make everyone wear masks was wrong. Our governments, our news sources, and our opinion makers have exaggerated the importance of this sickness, and their overreaction has caused more harm than most of us were risking by living our normal lives during these past months.

Of course, I know that some people have died. I know that some have struggled with complications from the sickness. I am not belittling those facts. But we have paid too great a price for the overreaction to covid compared to the effects of the disease itself. I would rather have endured these same symptoms a year earlier and lived a normal life since—no mask requirements, no daily updates on how terrible this disease is, no concerted effort to change the way people vote so more votes could be funneled into the choice that a few activists preferred.

I already feel better, although I will not be allowed back at work for a few more days. Because I have not had the vaccination shots, I will be required to wear a mask at work for the foreseeable future, even though my endurance of the disease should provide a minimum of ninety days of immunity (and vaccination shots are not recommended for those of us who just had covid). Rules are rules, when they make sense and when they don’t. And I’m sure I will face some complaints from coworkers who feel that I put them at risk by not getting vaccinated when it was possible and by coming to work when I was in less than perfect health, even though I thought I had an ear infection and did not realize I had covid.

I am often one of the last people to do what everyone else has done. I was still using dial-up Internet service when everyone else had cable connections. I was still watching VHS tapes when everyone else had graduated from DVDs and was streaming. I may be one of the last to catch covid. I hope so; that could mean that this long national nightmare is over and that life will be allowed, finally, to return to normal. J.

14 thoughts on “COVID report

  1. I’m glad you are on the up and up—my husband and I both “got” Covid back in November.
    It lasted about two days…but like you, I had what I now know was a lead up illness…a stomach bug and then sinus infection.
    My husband had no lead up illness.
    I went to the ENT and they tested me for strep, flu and Covid…I was negative on all counts.
    The next day my husband thought he couldn’t smell. I opened a bottle of vinegar and told him to breathe in deep—nothing.
    So I sent him to the ENT. They tested him, and sure enough he was positive. He told them that they had tested me the day prior and I was negative. They told him that well, I was now positive.
    I waited two days and went back to be re-tested…and sure enough, now, I was positive.
    Go figure!

    It lasted about two days.

    Then when we moved we got the vaccine. Not because we really wanted to but our new doctors
    we’re adamant.
    I think we call that vaccine shaming.

    And to be honest, the reaction to the shots were worse for me than having the virus.

    I am now ready to burn my mask!!!!!

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    • I haven’t decided yet whether I will get vaccinated or wear my mask at work. The best research (even reported on liberal media) says that immunity after infection lasts months, even longer than they are guaranteeing for the vaccine. So, to avoid pointless side effects to the shots, I will probably just grit my teeth and wear my mask at work. J.

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  2. Happy you are feeling better. About the “vaccination”, I was personally acquainted with no one who died during the year long (+) daily reporting of the dire straits we were in due to the “pandemic”. Zero persons, that is what I mean by “no one”. Since the various shots have been rolled out, I wish I could say nothing is changed. I need more than one hand to count close acquaintances who have died of “unrelated” causes (such as stroke, for example). I need the other hand to count friends who have not died, but have serious blood clot related maladies. The official statistics don’t line up on my abacus. Personally, I’ll opt for the virus.

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    • I am very sorry that you have lost close acquaintances to the aftermath of what appears to be a minor respiratory virus. Your anecdotal evidence strengthens my decision not to get the vaccine, even though my employer strongly urges me to do so. J.

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  3. Get well soon and I will say prayers for you and your family to have a complete recovery. I agree with you’re opinions on this disease. We were the victims of more than a pandemic in this case. It was carefully orchestrated on both sides of the aisle and over exaggerated as a mean to win a political election. Some things never change.

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    • Thank you for your prayers. I think that we are all recovered and just waiting for mandatory deadlines to pass before our actions can return to normal. The next step is to find a way to work together and reverse the wrong direction our country has taken during the course of this panic. J.

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