Well. Just as we were starting to near the latter part of the kids’ quarantine countdown (today is day #12), we have restarted the clock.
Josh tested positive yesterday. He has had cough and significant fatigue the past few days. We both tested negative 3 days ago despite both being mildly symptomatic; then I improved and he worsened. THIS DISEASE IS REALLY CONFUSING. I am sure he would have been contagious 3 days ago, yet he had a negative test. This was his third test in the space of just over 1 week and the first two were negative.
I am now the only human who spends time in this house who has not tested positive. I feel part android, part ticking time bomb. I have a super-mild cough again (it keeps waxing + waning) and am going to test again soon.
(BTW YES, I have tracked all of everyone’s symptoms + test results in my planner, on a page with carefully handlettered curse words on it.)
Needless to say, our home remains in quarantine status and no one can go to work for quite some time. I am probably going to be able to go back to work to see patients virtually (from home!) on 1/4.
LESSON: Do not be reassured by a negative test if someone has had a sick contact and/or has symptoms!!! The doctor part of me is vindicated because I couldn’t imagine how he could be negative the way he was acting. But the rest of me is really sad and annoyed and anxious and just ugh.
Hopefully Josh’s case will remain on the mild side (again, perhaps some help from the vaccine?! He got his dose #1 2 weeks ago).
Hopefully I won’t ever really get it, if that’s possible?!
Hopefully life will return to something approximating normalcy (the post-COVID normal, not normal normal) again someday.
HAPPY #($*&@# NEW YEAR.
On the up side, here are some pix of the kids during some of the more positive moments:
I used a random number generator and sorted the comments in order of timestamp through WordPress.
Random Selections #1 and #2:
Luckily, they each had a different choice so these were the 2 winners!
#132 Kiran is the winner of the SPACES planner!
She wrote: “I’d love to try the Spaces!”
#189 Kylie is the winner of the WEEKS set!
She wrote: “Would love to try out the WEEKS! Thanks for all you do; your work is helping me really gear up for a great 2021!”
I will email you both today and get your addresses! (I do have randomly selected runners up for each in case I get no response . . . just in case!).