R O L L E R C O A S T E R
Well. My plan is not working out very well.
Annabel woke up yesterday with a sore throat + cough, and we have received four notifications of kids testing positive in her class over the past few days, including her closest friend at school (who is vaccinated). Apparently Friday’s class party may have been a bit of a superspreader event.
Yesterday morning, I did a home rapid test on her and thought perhaps I saw a faint second line, so I assumed she had COVID and took her for a rapid PCR (CUE). Negative.
I also tested her today (rapid). Negative.
We did not feel we could send them to camp however. I also do not think finding childcare is realistic given the circumstances.
SO Josh and I split the day and cancelled every non-urgent outpatient visit (which is fine for now, but ultimately bad because we will have to fit them all in at some point). Today he is doing 2 cases and then coming home so I can go to the hospital. That sounds so calm but there has been crying, stress, and I truly feel panicked and hopeless. I have no patience left for the kids. I have sick patients in the hospital and being half-available does not feel like enough.
All 3 kids have PCR test appointments today. If still negative, I guess I will assume A probably has something else (G did have mild URI symptoms previously, with multiple negative rapid COVID tests). And maybe just maybe if she fully recovers the kids could go to camp next week. This holiday weekend is still going to be a mess though.
Mark my words: I am never doing a week of call without nanny coverage OR Josh entirely OFF the whole time ever again, at least until the kids are old enough to be left alone.
(The reason he is not off entirely right now is that he is in a group of 3 and when one has a holiday week off, the other two have to cover. He forfeited his holiday week off this year because of our covid fiasco LAST year. So, yeah.)
The only comfort is the classic medical adage “They can’t stop the passage of time.” IE: this stressful week will end. 6 days is 6 days, even if it sucks.