Sunday, January 10, 2021

The One Where I Got Covid



We'll we've made it through the first full week of 2021 and it's been interesting to say the very least.  Let's review, shall we?  School is still virtual.  Politics are more heated than ever and I was diagnosed with Covid.  Yep, you read that right.  It's such a bizarre story actually.  Before I get to that part, I just want to say that I am fine.  Bored but fine. I have lost my sense of smell and taste, but that's been my only major symptom.  


The whole thing started last Tuesday when I woke up with a very mild bloody nose.  This had been happening for several days so I thought maybe I was getting a sinus infection because that's typically how they start for me.  Not wanting to get quarantined with Covid-like symptoms, I went to the doctor during my lunch break to get an antibiotic. At first they told me that it would be a Teledoc visit because I didn't have any symptoms and they were already busy with Coronavirus testing.  They would go ahead and take my vitals and then the doctor would give me a call later.


My temperature was fine, but after taking my oxygen saturation levels, they said I needed a Covid test.  I was sure it would be negative because I didn't have any symptoms.  NOPE. I tested positive.  Luckily, the kids were with Eric's parents and I hadn't been around anyone at work for a long enough period of time to make them a "close contact."  


Here's where it gets crazy. The doctor said that because I was asymptomatic, my contact tracing started the night before and would lead up to the diagnosis.  Again, this put Eric as my only contact. When I called work to tell them, they asked me to go back 48 hour from the test, which made Eli and Ellie contacts.


If I can self-isolate at home, Eric can return to work after a certain number of days (I can't remember how many) as long as he has a negative test.  The kids can return to their activities after a negative test or after 10 days.  


If I am unable to self-isolate, their quarantine would begin after I am released from the Health Department.  That would mean two weeks from January 16th, they would be free.  NO THANKS!! 



I have been self-isolating in my bedroom, knocking out work, catching up on emails, planning for Disney and watching way too much Law and Order. 


Luckily, I had just done a massive grocery haul the day prior to getting diagnosed, so we have plenty of food.  My amazing colleagues have set up a meal train for us as well, and we are beyond grateful for their generosity.


I have to brag on Eric too.  He's made sure the homework is getting completed, the dishes are washed, and that the kids have everything they need. That's on top of sleeping on the couch and bringing all of my meals to the bedroom door. 


The kids have been troopers too...other than Ellie's daily proclamation that "this is all just so hard." Bless her dramatic little heart.


As I mentioned earlier, I have lost my sense of taste and smell.  This happened the day after my diagnosis but that's been my only real symptom.  Although, for the record, I also have a sinus infection that they are treating.  I was extremely tired the first few days as well, but I think that had more to do with the incredibly high amount of screen time I've had lately. 


The most bizarre part to me is that in the two and a half weeks leading up to my diagnosis, we only spent time with four people from outside of our household, none of whom have symptoms or are positive.  We ran into some stores, ate at two restaurants, and had carryout.  All of this while wearing a mask and sanitizing our hands until they've cracked open.  We have no idea where I picked it up, but we are so grateful that it's been a mild case. 


I will be isolated to my bedroom for a few more days, so who knows...maybe I'll do a little blogging. The kids are missing the first week back to in-person classes (Hybrid Schedule) but we just feel like this is the most responsible thing to do.  Vaccines roll out tomorrow, and I am scheduled for 3:50.  Of course, I won't be able to get mine now but that's okay.  We are so, so close to knocking this out and I truly believe that good things lie ahead for 2021.


I hope your year if off to a great start and you're staying healthy!


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