I’ve tested positive. It was bound to happen, and yet, somehow it still caught me off guard. Even with two vaccinations and the follow up booster the virus managed to worm its way into my system. Blinding headache, but I’ve been getting migraines for over a year now, so thought this was some new horrible post menopausal progression that was the new normal. Took migraine meds. Nothing. Doubled the dose and finally had some relief. People who have chronic migraines talk about being in so much pain they’re nauseous and even vomit. I stopped just short of that. The feeling of exhaustion I attributed to my mother’s memorial service, losing her, missing her or some combination of all of the above.
But in the end, I’m a New Yorker. We’ve been through some pretty horrendous times when it comes to covid so when there’s any sign of fatigue, sniffle, anything out of the ordinary, get tested.
Negative. Whew. Dodged the bullet. Again.
Then the feeling of being chilled, even though it was a beautiful spring day. Sunny, in the 70’s. We haven’t started using our air-conditioning yet. I check the thermostat. 75 degrees inside. I’m happiest when it’s 70 or maybe 71, so this was odd as normally I’d be warm. Decide to test myself again, just to be safe. And there they were, those dreaded two lines. Grab a mask, start texting everyone I’ve come in contact with, cancel any appointments that can be postponed.
Instinctively reach for my husband’s hand, sense his reluctance and draw back. Right. I’m a walking viral infected vessel for the foreseeable future.
Still I was able to conduct my Patron’s Ask Me Anything Zoom meeting. I did a demonstration of how, with photos, and in real time, I evaluate a piece, the things I look for to help me decide what my next step might be by looking at value, composition, mark making, etc to give me ideas and direction. I use lots of photographs and annotate them. I even have one piece that isn’t quite right yet, this is a perfect example of what I’m talking about.
Afterwards another call, immediately after my Patron’s Zoom, but I’m still well enough and the distraction is nice. Besides it’s always great to see other’s work evolve and take shape.
New meds, Paxlovid, are delivered, the young man delivering this new medication door to door is maskless. I restrain myself from scolding him. He’s a grown man, after all, surely he knows the risks. He’s delivering medication to people with covid…. it’s impossible for me to understand the thinking. Everything’s political now, taking precedence over common sense and our collective well being. Still I worry about him. I fall asleep at 7:30 with his face in my mind.
It’s morning now, I’ve taken my 2nd dose of Paxlovid. Am I any better? Is it working? Did I wait too long to start the medication? Who knows. I think I’m feeling a little better, maybe. I don’t know. It’s hard to say.
I go to gratitude. Because this life is so fleeting and then we’re gone. Laughter, kindness, random acts of care and thoughtfulness is always the way to go. There’s so much pain and suffering out there, am I part of the problem or part of the solution? These are my go-to thoughts, especially when I don’t feel great.
My brutal, brutal migraines are Covid and not the new norm. Yay!
I was able to get this new medicine quickly from our GP (who also has Covid). We compared notes on symptoms and next course of action.
My husband, who is recovering from surgery is testing negative. So far so good.
My children are both negative.
I’m upright and able to type this and even maybe have put a few coherent sentences together.
It could be so much worse.
Thinking of all of you and hoping you are safe and well.
Oh hon, I’m so sorry. I hope you get well soon and that it doesn’t hit you any harder than it is now.
I got through by just….sleeping off it, as you know *Hugs* though. I’ll light a candle for you.
Thank you Kai. ❤️
Ariane, your gratitudes are appreciated and duly noted. Navigate to feeling better and looking forward to seeing you soon.
Thank you Leesha. Yes, see you Saturday! ❤️
I understand the need for distractions but please make sure to take the time to recuperate and do self care! Love you!
Thank you so much Juliann. I really appreciate it (and you!) Love you back.
Oh Ariane, I am so sorry you are feeling so rotten. Please look after you. Get the rest you need to recover strong.
Thanks so much Vanessa. I’m on the mend. ❤️
So sorry to hear this! Take care & be well. The person delivering the medicine may not know what he’s delivering… privacy rights. Right? It’s confusing. Glad you have the medicine. Just take care of yourself, carry on with what you can do. Thinking of you & sending healthy vibes. Love along with virtual hugs. ❤️☀️
Prayers for a quick recovery! Lots of naps!
Thank you Sandra. Yes, sleeping helps, for sure!
So sorry, Ariane. Hope you’ll be over this very soon.
Thank you so much Arlene. ❤️
I’m sorry. You’ve been through a lot this year and this is a blow. I hope you get well quickly.
Thank you so much Sandy. Feeling much better!
Hoping you are better soon! Love your designs & stitching with you.
Aw.. thank you so much Mary. That makes me happy to hear. ❤️
So sorry for you , but I believe the answer is rest as said above ,my friend reiterates to avoid long covid rest !!!
Thanks so much Denny. ❤️
I hope you recover quickly and completely!
Thank you Blair!
Thx so much Linda. Feeling much better. The medicine definitely makes a huge difference! ❤️