I haven’t really written much lately, haven’t had the time, the motivation or anything really to write about. There is one topic however that is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Covid. It’s taken over everything for the last 18 months or so and there’s no getting away from it. I’d managed to dodge it for all that time, washed and sanitised my hands, wore a mask everywhere, had my vaccinations, and then BAM I went and caught it. We think my eldest caught it whilst out at a pub for his birthday. It took 7 days for him to show symptoms and then exactly 7 days after I caught it despite him only leaving the room for the bathroom. The only thing I can think of is when I took him for his PCR test he had to lift his mask to swab his throat/nose but I guess we’ll never actually know.
Just a normal day
I’d gone to work, I felt fine although I’d felt a bit nauseous the night before which I’d put down to being tired, I always feel a bit sick when I’m overtired so didn’t think much of it. Got up the next morning for work, felt fine and went in as normal. Spent the day doing what I needed to and later in the day was going to make a coffee when I got to the top of the stairs and suddenly felt unusually out of breath, I normally struggle with stairs anyway due to my stupid hip but this just didn’t feel right and then I coughed… god that cough hurt and I felt an invisible icy hand grip me round the middle as I realised I’d probably caught Covid. 1 PCR test later and it was the least positive positive I’ve ever received.
Rest they said. It’ll do you good they said
cease work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength.
Rest, it’s good for you. Makes you feel better. That’s easy to say though and when you have a family a lot harder to do than it seems. There were an array of symptoms, not just your classic fever//cough/loss of taste or smell but loads of others too:
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Sore chest
- Lost voice
- Hot and cold sweats
- Runny nose
- Loss of taste/smell
I didn’t have a fever as such, my temperature stayed pretty steady but this could be because I take regular co codamol as pain relief but the sweats would come from nowhere, making me feel sick and suddenly disappear just as quickly. The kids laughed at how odd I sounded and tried to make me laugh as I sounded like a demented seal. I did have a cough but didn’t cough often. Losing my taste/smell was awful, I’d try to eat something and it just as well be a piece of paper as a bar of chocolate and I completely lost my appetite. 13 days on and I’m still not able to taste or smell and I’m desperately hoping it will come back at some point. The worst for me though was the overwhelming tiredness/weakness. It was a mammoth task just to get out of bed. As much as I wanted to lounge in bed in a pit of my own filth the kids still need feeding, they still needed to be up, dressed and ready for school which leads me nicely into…
The question nobody knows the answer to
So, 7 days after I tested positive my partner and 12 year old did too. That left my 9 year old still able to go to school now that the rules have changed. But…
And literally nobody seems to know the answer. My 12 year old would be fine as I can just drive him to the school and kick him out at the drop off point so to speak but that isn’t acceptable for my 9 year old. We can never get the car anywhere near the primary school never mind park close enough for her to be able to trot off alone. Some said don’t take her but that leads to unauthorised absence in some schools (I can’t comment on all as I’m in South Wales) some places still want you to isolate them and some are happy with whatever you choose to do. I feel that forcing unauthorised absence onto parents/carers is just encouraging people who have tested positive but don’t feel too bad to take their children to school and mingle with other people, albeit they may be outside but will they wear a mask? Not touch anything? It’s a minefield and one that isn’t going away any time soon. In the end I kept her off and will take the hit as I am very fastidious about the children going to school and being on time so as a complete record this would be a drop in the ocean.
Beware of day 5
It was weird, one minute I felt horrific the next not as bad but day 5 I got up and thought oh, hang on I don’t feel so bad today so I did a few things around the house only to find I went massively downhill and felt really unwell again, all I wanted to do was sleep, so I gave in and slept as much as I could around the kids. This was also true of my partner and children, they both started to feel better and then worsened on day 5.
Several times whilst I was really unwell the thought popped into my head about how it would have been if I hadn’t been vaccinated if I’d felt this rotten with them. As I touched on before I’m hoping the loss of taste and smell decide to come back. Imagine not being able to taste Bounty’s or Domino’s or CHRISTMAS DINNER?! I don’t even want to think about it but I remain optimistic. I’m still shattered all the time and could fall asleep on a chicken’s lip as the old saying goes. Going back to work and doing an 8 hour shift was brutal, I’m just glad it was busy because it just flew by but the entire shift I couldn’t wait to welcome my bed that evening. The worst side effect I’m experiencing is hair loss. I will admit whilst I had Covid I barely touched my hair because I just didn’t have the strength to be bothered but the first time I washed it to go to work it was coming out in handfuls. I started panicking and imagining baldness and all sorts but I’m also hopeful that this will calm down and am currently looking into vitamins and things to help myself feel and look better, any and all suggestions are always welcome.