Did some socializing on Monday and on Thursday received the alert that one of the people I'd been socializing with had become sick and subsequently tested positive for COVID.
I'm not shocked. I figured these latest mutations were so transmissible, I'd eventually get it unless I continued to live like a hermit as we did for 2020. We're careful-ish. No movies, no restaurants. I wear a mask in and out at work and shut the door behind me when I have to go in. But, you know, when people can't keep their hands off bats, I guess.
But, yeah, I tested positive Friday morning - not feeling great then and the coughing starting - and tried to work but by 1:30 hung it up. I had a telemedicine appointment at 2:20 and got prescribed Paxlovid. Normally I'm all about FDA testing, but I'd very much like to knock this thing out and not incur long COVID.
Last night I ran an un-fun fever, but that broke after I went to sleep. This morning, I'm coughing, runny nose and very run down. If I have a fever, it's so low it's not an issue.
I'd argue my sense of taste is diminished but not gone. I could taste the HEB Fruit and Grain bar I ate. But my coffee, tragically, isn't the flavor wonderland I normally enjoy.
I expect between the meds, the mild impact I'm hearing reported and experiencing, and good care, I'll be okay. Jamie has tested negative and seems fine. She was mostly stressed yesterday watching me just stare at The Meg as it played on TNT (that's about where I was around 8:00). But she's also had her 4th shot, and even if she technically has COVID right now (and she hasn't tested positive) then there's a strong argument for getting your booster. Of the two people we saw Monday, one of them also has not tested positive. So.
The real kick in the shins is that I had planned to go to get a booster next weekend, but my timing was off. I had stuff to do this weekend and didn't want to be down for a day dealing with any post-shot side-effects. (sad trombone)
Look, I'm aware of the death toll of this virus and I'm not taking it lightly. The world wide impact of the virus is well known and I don't need to tell it to you here. But I'm also pretty sure my Tuesday I'll be right as rain.
Y'all be careful out there. This thing is still floating around. And we're all going to need to hard-ponder our new normal.