2 week Staycation courtesy of COVID19

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  1. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    No thoughts or prayers needed here, my friends. We're good for the most part. However, just wanted to share our cautionary tale of communicable disease.

    My daughter studies taekwondo, and while her teacher is an amazing instructor, great with the kiddos, and really has helped build her confidence, he has, I feel, felt that the coronavirus was a more of a political threat than an existential one.

    Minimal guidelines were followed, and once our state opened up to stage 5, pretty much all they were doing was sanitizing their hands before class and told not to come if they didn't feel well or participate via Zoom. We as a family continued to whistle past the graveyard and took precautions pretty much everywhere else but still allowed our daughter to attend class as she's now a green belt and likes getting into the sparring part of the art. There was also a Halloween party thrown last Friday (a week before Halloween) that was 4 hours long, came with all the pizza they could stuff in the kids, and only cost 20 bucks. 20 bucks on a Friday for basically a babysitter so that we could go out for dinner and a cocktail? Sold!

    You can see where this is going...

    The next Tuesday he emails that he's tested negative for strep and flu and is getting a nose swab for COVID. Comes back positive. No big deal. Class will go on if his assistant tests negative. She comes back positive. Wednesday, my wife starts to feel a little crummy and my daughter seems just a bit grouchy going to school. By that afternoon I start to feel...off. We get another message, mom who volunteered checking in the kiddos at the party has tested positive.

    One more day, all three of us in the house have mild-moderate fevers. Wife is tired and congested, daughter is tired with a fever, I have a weird dry cough. We figure it's not the flu as my wife and I have had our shot. After getting my daughter tested at the Dr office for strep and flu (both negative), and a probable false negative (got tested too soon) by my wife, I felt terrible enough Halloween night with a 102.4 to schedule a test yesterday morning.

    What has two thumbs and COVID19? This guy. The doc says that there is basically no question that we all have it due to the symptoms and proximity to each other, so no more testing needed. No more brains need tickled with a 14" 1/4" thick piece of rebar masquerading around like a swab (i might be exaggerating, but thats what it felt like).

    So we're now stuck at home for the next 10+ days. Daughter is fine. No fever, no cough, no tiredness. She's super bummed she has to miss a sleepover at her best friend's birthday, but she's OK. Today was my first day without a fever since Thursday. Kinda congested and my throat hurts. Also, both my daughter and I got this weird tenderness on our belly and lower back. Not like an ache but like almost a bruise where it kinda hurts to touch it. Strange. My wife has it the worst. She was first put on a Z pack and steroid wednesday because of her negative test with the Doc thinking it was an ear infection. She's tired with a headache and hasn't been below 99.2 for going on 5 days. Never cracked 100 like I did, but she just feels like crap.

    If you need any more anecdotes of what this virus feels like, for us it feels like a really butt-kicking flu. I have never felt like death was knocking on my door, but I have not felt this crappy in a long time. Thankfully, for me, there hasn't been a lot of other lingering symptoms besides a sore throat. Now if I can just get my wife to turn the corner and kick her low grade fever. It's just zapping her.

    So there you have it. Reason #2,374,834 to wash your hands and take the smart precautions. We thought we were doing a pretty good job. The one place we weren't was the one place is seems to have come back and bitten us on our tookus. Im just glad we caught ourselves before going over to see my mom and step-dad on Halloween. With his preexisting conditions, this would be mucho bad for him to contract it.

    Take care of yourselves and please keep 6' away from this post.
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  2. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Don't care what you say is needed, still sending smoke and I'll be thinking of y'all. Hoping it passes as quickly and painlessly as possible. Be well.
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  3. Aardvark

    Aardvark Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Huh, all of the news that I've read said that you were NOT supposed to catch that stuff. May have go back and re-read.

    Take care of yourselves.

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  4. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Much appreciated:)
  5. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    I’m praying you all come through ok.
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  6. Howard Wallace

    Howard Wallace . Moderator

    Feb 23, 1999
    Best wishes.

    Y’all take your vitamin D and zinc.
  7. cul4u01

    cul4u01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    Smoke and prayers. Keep your yourself cognizant of your surroundings, my wife contracted CV19 back in March, from a 4MO baby and its mother, the baby was my wife's first ever CV19 positive patient, she has had over 20 so far.

    My wife is a pediatric RN, and she was wearing full PPEs, both parents ended up in the ICU, and later passed away, the baby recovered, but is now parentless, and was taken in by the grandparents. Some people have none/mild/average, and severe symptoms, this CV19 is no joke, it kills whomever, whenever. Wife has no respiratory issues, and no need to be hospitalized, but she was severely fatigued for 5 weeks, I carried her to the bathroom for almost 2.5 weeks straight. We were lucky, my daughter and I never caught it, but I disinfected the entire house several times a day, not to mention my wife's room many times more. I had to wear full PPEs whenever I went into her room, and my wife was secluded from us for 5 weeks, at least I saw and had to help her a few times a day, but my daughter didn't interact with her for five weeks, and that was very hard on her.

    Everyone, please take CV19 seriously, wear the mask, wash your hands, disinfect the house often, stay safe everyone.
  8. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Thanks for the well wishes, gentlebeings.

    As an update. Im good...mostly. I've got a cough that will send me into a wheezing fit if it strikes me the right way. Kinda weird for me, as I'm a pretty physically fit guy who jogs a couple miles 4 days a week. Getting winded emptying the dishwasher is sobering. That said, I have been fever free since Monday. Short of some general weakness and the coughing, I can't complain too much.

    My wife has it worse. She has had a constant 99 degree fever for going on 9 days straight. She's tired and hurts and is so damn frustrated. She's lost her sense of smell and taste. To prove it to herself, she took a spoonful of apple cider vinegar and just held it in her mouth. One part of her tongue was able to barely register "sour". I can tell she is getting a bit depressed about everything, especially the fever. So as it stands, starting tomorrow I will be cleared to go out and about, so I'll be trying to pick up some of the things she takes care of through the week after I get off work.

    The bright spot, our daughter is totally fine. She's actually bored enough to want to go back to school tomorrow.

    It's been a weird week and a half, and I can't stree enough to do your best to take care not to catch this thing. It's the pits.
  9. pugs75

    pugs75 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Smoke and prayers to you and your family. My daughter was recently diagnosed with Covid, she got it from her teacher who tested positive a few days before, crazy they only go in person for two days a week. She is now fully recovered and back at it, but as you said we can’t let our guard down! Thankfully my wife and I did not get it, like Cul we sanitized and cleaned constantly while she was sick. It’s scary when you feel your home is your safe zone, and when this crap comes inside your safe place it’s pretty real and scary. I’m glad you guys are starting to feel better and I hope your wife comes around soon.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2020
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  10. cul4u01

    cul4u01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    Your wife's symptoms sound like my wife's. Have her take it slow, and not rush it, if she's extremely fatigued, it'll wane and come back with a vengeance, for a few weeks. her dr told her not to come back until she feels at least 90% better ALL the time. It'll be better for her in the long run, and she'll recover more fully as more time passes.
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  11. EricTheRedBeard

    EricTheRedBeard Basic Member Basic Member

    May 17, 2018
    Dang. Sorry to hear about all this. Hope you all feel better soon.
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  12. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Much appreciated, all.

    She's still fighting a fever today but at least she has the day off. There is a weird "survivors guilt" with me for sure. Not that she is gravely ill, its just short of my dang cough, I'm pretty much back to 90%.

    I'd switch places with her in a heartbeat. I hate that she feels so damn bad and has for so long.
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  13. Kismet

    Kismet Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    It occurs to me that one little stop you might make on your first journeys out of the house would be to a florist. I don't fully understand it, but small thoughts and considerations like that can mitigate a whole bunch of weariness and reinforce the notion that person who is ill is mightily appreciated.

    Glad you are better.
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  14. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Its great idea, but I am barred from bringing home flowers. Its not that they arent appreciated, but we have a cat that will find them, chew on them, knock the vase over spilling the water, then regurgitate said leaves on the ONE room in the house with carpet. Her best friend sent her a bouquet and the cat has already ruined the my daughter's homework (that was supposed to be put away...serves her right). Actually, it got her TWICE. it spilled water all over her homework and THEN went into the living room where she left her mask on the floor and PUKED inside the mask:confused:

    My wife has had her first day without a fever today. Its been like 12 or 13 days. She still feels awful but can't move around more. Taste and smell are back as well, so it looks like she is on the mend. She feels well enough that she has told me that she has had enough of 2020 and that we are to get the Christmas tree up and lights hung this weekend to hopefully shuffle this annoying year off sooner rather than later:)
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  15. Kismet

    Kismet Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    OK. With the cat problem, I see two options: one, get really nice artificial flowers...I mean REALLY nice ones, and get rid of the flowers; two, get a really nice artificial cat and ....you see where I'm going here?

    Glad she's on the mend. You guys get healthy and then stay that way.

    Be gentle with yourselves.
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  16. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Jul 30, 2004
    Hate to hear it, Jake.

    Smoke up in the morning ...

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  17. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Good to see you, Mike.

    We're all good now. Wife has been back to work for about a week. My cough only acts up every once in awhile, so I'm doing fine. My daughter has been 100% better for going on 3 weeks.

    My wife still has a bit of fatigue, but its nothing that is getting in the way. I still feel like I'm at about 65-70%. Its weird. I feel fine. No symptoms other than a cough once or twice a day at most. However, picking things up, moving them, I've lost some wind in my sails. I was wheelbarrowing some rock on the job a week or so back and it felt like I was wheeling concrete (about 150lb difference). I went to the gym and even going really light took a good bit out of me. Its weird. I dont feel sick or weak, but its really "off" when you are generally a guy who benches 300lbs and are huffing and puffing at 195 after just 3 weeks. I haven't lost any weight. Might be psychosomatic;)

    But I'll get there :) No reason to push it or rush myself. The gyms might be closed in a week anyway if the numbers keep going up.

    Silver lining to all of this, we feel we pose no further risk to my mother in law, so we are having her over for Thanksgiving. She's a Widow and has been struggling with the whole Covid thing as she really is only active in her church which hasn't been doing much. So since we are in the clear and not carrying the virus anymore, she's going to spend a few days with us at our house over the holiday.

    In 2020, it's the little things ;)
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  18. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Belated prayers from Reno

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