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I Might Have COVID

The Omicron variant of COVID has been spreading like crazy here in the United States, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, has expressed that we may well all get it. ALL of us. 336,000,000 people?!? Yep, that's the US population. Believe it or not, we are third most populous country in the world, after China and India. And with only 63.9% of our population fully vaccinated, that's a lot of potentially severe sickness.

Fortunately, I'm one of the vaccinated ones. I received my Pfizer series last spring, and then I went back for a booster in early November. I opted to get the Moderna booster after finding out it was higher dose. I explained to the people at the vaccination clinic that I opted for Moderna "because it has more stuff, and I want more stuff."

Well. "more stuff" means "more side effects". I had several days' worth of misery from that booster - much more than with the Pfizer shots. Of course, I was philosophical about it - if there were no side effects at all, I would be worried that it wasn't working. So I cheerfully suffered, although I did have to call out of work for one day due to joint pain in my hip.

See, I work outside the home. And I sit at a reception desk where I have to talk to a lot of people coming in, not just my coworkers. So I was concerned that I would probably get COVID at some point. However, for people who are vaccinated, it seems to be more likely to be a mild case, especially with the Omicron variant.

On Thursday, I was coughing a good bit in the morning. I didn't have a fever, but my boss said I should go ahead and go home just to be on the safe side. I was able to get a COVID test the same day, but it does take 2-3 days to get results, so I'm just waiting now. I have a bit of a cough, some congestion, and a mild headache that comes and goes, but otherwise, I really feel okay. If it turns out I actually have COVID, I'm going to have a laugh if I got a worse time from the booster shot than from the actual disease! I have some friends who have had it, and they also had very mild cases, so I'm optimistic.

We purchased a small pulse oximeter from Amazon back when this started, which I would HIGHLY recommend that all of you do. It measures oxygen concentration in the blood, and it's extremely easy to use. If your oxygen level drops below 90%, go to the hospital ASAP. It's supposed to be as close to 100% as possible. Mine is at 97%, so I'm good. Just trying to get lots of rest and to be careful to not infect my husband. Wish me luck!

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MegL wrote on January 15, 2022, 7:13 PM

Hope it goes well for you AliCanary . I had Covid before Christmas and am now recovered as did a lot of people around here, however, my husband is in intensive care with it. His oxygen level dropped to 88% on the oximeter. He is beginning to improve but is still critically ill and it will take a long time for him to recover as much as he can.

VinceSummers wrote on January 16, 2022, 5:40 PM

Sorry to hear that about your husband, Meg. So far so good here. However, I've been losing friends and such from other things. Most curious!

MegL wrote on January 16, 2022, 7:17 PM

Glad to hear all is well with you Vince. He opened his eyes tonight and seemed to see us, which is a step forward. He cannot speak and is still on life support.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 22, 2022, 10:42 PM

Vincent, my older brother passed on his 77th birthday, January 18, 2022. I have been very sad lately. I hope you are doing well.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 22, 2022, 10:44 PM

I am praying for your husband's fast recovery.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 22, 2022, 10:45 PM

Get Well Soon.

MegL wrote on January 23, 2022, 4:08 PM

Thank you very much Anthony. I appreciate that, especially with your own loss.

MegL wrote on January 23, 2022, 4:09 PM

I am sure you have been grieving. It is always sad to lose a family member. What are your good memories of him?

AliCanary wrote on March 8, 2022, 4:40 PM

Oh Meg, I'm sorry about your husband! I've just come back and seen this. I surely hope he recovered.

AliCanary wrote on March 8, 2022, 4:41 PM

Thank you! My COVID test came back negative, so I guess it was something else, but it didn't seem like any cold or flu I've ever had. Fortunately, it was very mild.

MegL wrote on March 10, 2022, 5:11 PM

Thanks alicanary . He is home and recovering well. Still confined to one room, he is beginning to hobble around now and doing his physio exercises, determined to get back to his previous level of fitness.

AliCanary wrote on April 11, 2022, 12:10 PM

It might take some time. Tell him to be patient with himself