Quarantine Day 5

So I have been a little social media shy, lately.

The book of faces has been addled with entirely too many talking dog videos telling us to socially distance. The pizza guy my husband watches regularly is now confined to his small apartment, reviewing frozen pizzas. False information is running rampant, so it was time to pull the plug, or at least cut back on it, much like I’ve done with the news.

Yesterday, however, after receiving numerous private messages regarding, what has, apparently become a glaring absence from work, I posted. Probably not my best idea.

I wrote:

“I’ve gotten some PM’s about my absence from work, so I’m just going to put this out there…

Yes, I’m on quarantine. Yes, I’ve been tested.

No, I don’t have the results back, yet. On Thursday, when I was tested, I was told it would be up to 14 days before I would get my results. I tested negative for flu and strep throat.

The test is no joke. I honestly believe my sinuses are still feeling what can be best described as a roto-rooter to behind my eyeballs.

What were minimal symptoms on Wednesday are now reportable symptoms, today; shortness of breath and dry cough. I’ve had a low-grade fever throughout.

While it’s nice to be reading in my hammock in these warm spring days? I’m more than a little paranoid over every chest discomfort, hoping that all of this s pollen-related.

Thank you to all the people who have PM’d and texted me to make sure that I’m okay? Thank you❣️

To those that think that going out, casually is okay? I went from work to home, rinse, repeat, until I had to get groceries at the Pikeville Food Lion a week ago, Saturday. People still need to eat, and I stayed the hell away from Walmart, given their parking lot looked like Black Friday.

I’m just saying: #staythefuckhome

I had zero idea that I’d get 77 comments on that post.

Today? I received two calls from UNC Healthcare; one to further explore the newer symptoms I’ve been experiencing and the second was to give me my test results. Can I just say that this was the most happy I’ve been about a negative test result since the pregnancy test as a teenager and the biopsy I had done some number of years ago.

But then, there is also that barb that kept me from doing cartwheels (as if I could actually DO those); my nurse was kind enough to inform me that one out of every three tests is a false negative.

After having posted last night’s entry, I felt obligated to post the results. There is always that one; the one that publicly questions how I can have a negative with so many symptoms and then asked via pm if I was going to be retested.

To which I say not only no, but no with a capital F!

It’s like this, people: unless you personally know the pain of testing? You wouldn’t be so quick to suggest re-testing. My biggest fear from the possibility of being positive was the two or more re-rests!

Also, I suffer badly from seasonal pollen allergies every single spring, to the point where I’m on antibiotics at least once a season because of sinusitis. This also causes shortness of breath, headaches and a low grade fever. In the 23 years prior I don’t know if I had shortness of breath because I wasn’t looking for it.

My fever has been no higher than 99.2, and that was after I’d spent a few days in the hammock, reading, because being outdoors is good. Evidently, it also causes shortness of breath, too. Sound familiar? Yeah, me, too.

That being said, I’m going to ride it out at home, per the letter they gave me telling me to continue to self-isolate until I’ve been fever free and have had drastically reduced symptoms for three days.

If this was a false-negative, this is a mild case, so the rules for re-entering society and the workforce are the same.

Either way? I will sleep soundly, tonight. I hope y’all will, too. ❤️💜

Until next time…

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Quarantine Days 3 & 4…

So… some things have changed for me over the last couple of days.

Friday was a good day for me. I felt almost normal, as I did yesterday morning. I put my VR headset on yesterday afternoon and did a really low-key workout, much like Friday’s. I cranked it up a notch because I was mad! Mad because the old normal is gone and because I am not entirely embracing the new one, so I played Beat Saber for the last 15 or so minutes and hacked and slashed a bunch of colored cubes with my trusty light sabers as hard as I could. Heart rate and calorie burn up, immediately. Temperature and shortness of breath up within a couple hours after I’d finished.

Since being tested on Thursday, I’ve been monitoring my symptoms regularly, and UNC sends me an email every morning asking about symptoms via an automated chat.

All the answers I’d given until today had been a solid no.

Not today, though. Shortness of breath? Yes. (Hoping that is a residual of lying in the hammock outdoors for the past few days and a reaction to the pollen everywhere.) Cough? Sadly, it has gone from productive to dry, also something I’m hoping is pollen related.


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I hopped into Virtual Reality to meet up with my sister, who lives about an hour from me to play Sport Scramble tennis this afternoon. It was low key, a lot of fun, but winded me nonetheless after a few rounds. That wasn’t cool.

The thing, I think, that knocks me for the biggest loop, psychologically, is how I felt getting that test on Thursday. Yes, I was able to see it from both sides. As a healthcare professional, I want to put as much PPE between a potentially infected person and myself as I can. From the potentially infected’s point of view? I honestly felt like Typhoid Mary. This did not compliment my already high anxiety rate.

I’m not old, but I’m not young, either. I hold an AARP card, but am still a few month’s away from getting my senior citizen discount. I’m in that grey area, so I may or may not be feeling a little underlying fear. (i.e. is this thing going to kill me, or am I going to come out on the other side fine and/or negative, and if I am negative? I’m still susceptible to this crap.)

I’ll be honest; the timing on this thing REALLY sucks! It’s high-allergy season in my twenty-fourth year in what seems to be the pollen/allergy capital of the world, and what I am experiencing now, I might have experienced in springs-past, but didn’t scrutinize every symptom the way we have to, now. Is it real, or is it Memorex. Is it COVID-19 or is it seasonal allergies?

On the bright side? The weather has been amazing, I’m getting used to dozing while reading in my hammock, and I’m plowing through books at a record pace. I’ve been a habitual reader since childhood, so I’m okay with this.

Until next time…

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Quarantine: Day 2

I know I am like many of my blogging counterparts in that we don’t want to turn our blogs into personal diaries, and like them, I’m finding that these are new and different times. I’m hoping to record much of my experience here and turn it into a book, at some point.

My youngest son is currently a manager at our local Walmart. This is not the first time (and am fairly sure it won’t be the last) that Walmart has pissed me off. (That’s another story for another time.) He stocks, oftentimes fruitlessly, as the store shelves empty faster than he can fill them, right now. He is not masked. They are not controlling social distancing, unless you count the Goldsboro PD guy manning the TP aisle. No lie. He isn’t there, tonight. No more TP to guard, again, at this point.

At any rate, in spite of the state’s “Stay-At-Home” order, this particular store was packed, again, today. WHY is this particular store so danged greedy? WHY are they not pushing social distancing? WHY are there sooooo many people in that store getting into employees’ personal spaces without any regard for their health or wellbeing? I’ve always said that the more I know people, the better I appreciate my dogs!  #staythefuckhome! (That’s a legit hashtag for a legit website, by the way.) Check it out. Seriously.

I sent him the following screen grab from a local news:

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From a WRAL news story. http://www.wral.com 

He texted me a few hours later and told me they will be metering customers, starting tomorrow. (About damned time, Walmart!) He also said that tomorrow is going to be crazy, but at least he won’t have the hoards up in his space. He also just shared with me that he is going to check out a semi-truck driving course after this is all over. He’s always loved the big trucks, even as a little! April 1st is April Fool’s day for everyone else, but for us? It’s Big Truck Day. This comes from 2002, when he was 8, and we were out running errands on April Fool’s day and he noticed an extremely large number of semis on the road that day, so we dubbed it “Big Truck Day,” and it stuck all these years later. ❤

In other news, I am feeling a marked improvement in my person, today. Temp is almost normal, sore throat and chills are gone. Headache is almost gone. I did experience something more often today than I did, yesterday, which I’ll share more about if it becomes an issue, at a later date. My Bonus Daughter dropped off a couple of double layer masks last night while I was in the tub. Had to run them through the wash cycle one time before use, but very cool! Two fabric layers and pleated:

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So, excuse my bed head. I’m on PTO, but this mask is killer! ❤ And yes, that is a camo jacket I have on. Don’t judge me! 

Today was mellow. I got up, had coffee, phoned into our Safety Huddle, relayed all info to my office. Chatted with my work-wife, who was on her first of two days on/two days off for the second time this week. I did a very low-energy work-out. It wiped me out. Probably too much, too soon. We ate a very early dinner, then I downloaded a new book to my Kindle and half read/half dozed in my hammock this afternoon. I got up and called my friend, Brenda (who is my former boss, four bosses ago, LOL), and had a much overdue conversation with her.

That; THAT! That is one of the blessings of being “Stay-At-Home” and/or quarantined. We are literally FORCED to slow down. This gives us the time that we should have been making, all along, to reconnect with our friends and loved ones. I’ve had more back and forth PM’s from my friend, Sherrill, in Raleigh, whom I haven’t seen in almost a year, because LIFE. When life hands you lemons, make the lemonade because now you have the opportunity to slow the hell down and appreciate how it tastes!

I stumbled upon a live YouTube feed about calming fears during the Coronavirus. I learned a lot. Focusing on the negative creates more negative, but on the flip side? Focusing on the positive, creates more positive. Feeling the negative feels is okay, but vocalizing them and releasing them is crucial. I get that many of you will consider this “woo-woo,” but I simply ask that you give this a go. It’s made a change in my thought process. I’m concerned, but no longer scared to death. Speak of what you are grateful for. Also, take the time out for self-care!

My state, North Carolina, now has 2,230 positive cases reported, up from 2,016 cases reported last night when I posted. If I understand correctly, my county now has 11, up from yesterday’s report, which I think was seven. We also now have 25 deaths, up 6 from the 19 reported last night about this time. I’m tired and really don’t feel like going though the backlog of posts for the week.

Be healthy, stay healthy, STAY HOME!

Until next time…

 

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