COVID19 Travel

Positive but Still Positive

July 19, 2022

Unsurprisingly, there are two lines on my COVID test this morning. Like Josh, my “T” line was darker than “C” and appeared instantly. Interesting, because yesterday it was completely blank! I thought it would be more like pregnancy and start with a squinter . . .

Thus far I feel like I have the start of a cold, nothing terrible (though I do hate colds!). I daresay that if I did not know it was COVID and it was a regular day, I easily could have gone to work like this (not in any way suggesting that would have been good, just that I don’t feel distinctively awful at this time!). Hopefully it will stay in this realm, but I guess time will have to tell.

(Readers who may be newer, we all had COVID in December 2020 so this is technically round two. And I have had 3 COVID Pfizer shots, 2/3 which made me feel like death so I feel like they must have done something.)

If I’m being honest I’m most annoyed about missing my run today. But I will survive.

Theoretically I will be cleared to go back to work by Monday if I am asymptomatic (N95/no eating in common areas for 7+ days). The big kids come back Sunday and our nanny plans on keeping G until Friday. Josh and I can mask in the house around the kids for a few days and I may have him be the main parent over the weekend if I am still symptomatic. So in many ways, this is a best case scenario *except* for the fact that it was the trip I was most excited for.

But there will be plenty of other trips.

Positives about this road trip:

  • We just sort of embraced junk food knowing that it will be time limited. Items of choice have included a DQ Blizzard, Reese’s Pieces, and Chick-Fil-A (we were in NC, we had to). Will get back to healthy when we get home (tonight!)
  • I made good use of Marriott points I had accumulated pre-COVID and booked a free stay at the SpringHill Suites in Fayetteville NC (around the halfway point). My expectations were rather low but this place is fantastic, seriously. Super clean, new remodeling, and huge rooms. We will not be partaking in the free breakfast for obvious reasons but I am impressed.
  • We have enjoyed MANY episodes of this podcast: 60 Songs that Explain the 90s.
  • We have binged-watched an unholy amount of Ted Lasso (perhaps unknowingly I was saving the show for this very scenario)
  • We were mostly able to get refunds for things: our B&B, our booked massage. We may be out our return plane fare (though we will call JetBlue today) and have extra costs of driving our rental to FL, but nothing terrible.
  • We have no children with us. Ha. But also seriously.

I don’t think I’m that stoic . . .

But one thing I feel I did well that helped with my coping was to envision this scenario in advance. Not that I thought Josh would test positive (it truly was a bit of a shock to happen at that moment!), but just that I sort of accepted the idea that if I planned multiple trips over a heavy-COVID summer, we probably weren’t going to get to do all of them without some viral interference. I think it helped me roll with the punches, though as mentioned there was some initial pouting.

Okay! Onward & upward I guess. Hopefully this will pass quickly!

sometimes the best laid plans DON’T come to fruition! I’m still glad I made them.


  • Reply Gwinne July 19, 2022 at 7:25 am

    You sound in good spririts all things considered. I hope you’re feeling better soon

  • Reply Grateful Kae July 19, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Are you liking Ted Lasso? I LOVE that show!!!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 19, 2022 at 8:22 am


  • Reply Mrs.Candid July 19, 2022 at 8:14 am

    Get well soon Sarah. All of us at my home had cold and fever 2 weeks ago. We didn’t have home tests and the fever went away before we could get ourselves tested. Maybe we had had covid. Anyways we stayed isolated for a few days and got better.

    Also, I think you are more stoic that you give yourself credit for 😃 Take care.

  • Reply akapulko2020 July 19, 2022 at 8:31 am

    Feel better soon!

  • Reply Irene July 19, 2022 at 8:47 am

    I have been trying to find the right balance of being prepared but not despairing about our long awaited plans getting messed up this summer. One of our smaller trips is looking 50/50 for reasons other than COVID (which is sort of a weird feeling, like I forget things used to go wrong even in the absence of a pandemic). Last year I struggled to even make plans because it seemed like things never actually happened so I guess I’m improving? Kids getting older and more robust helps with that too I think.

    Ted Lasso is awesome. We are finally watching and really enjoying. If any readers have suggestions for other lighthearted shows I would love to hear them!

  • Reply CZ July 19, 2022 at 8:52 am

    I’m also dealing with COVID right now– my kids have it and I have some symptoms too although I haven’t tested positive yet. We have a big international trip planned for next Monday and I’m really hoping that we will still be able to do it! This is also our second time having COVID. We had it back in January. Luckily none of us are that sick right now.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns July 19, 2022 at 9:01 am

    Ted Lasso is SOOOO good! We just watched it recently since we had 3 free months of Apple TV. I love Ted so so so much.

    In a way, it’s maybe almost better that you got it at the same time as Josh? I think you have a Red Rocks trip coming up and at least now you know it won’t impact that trip? That’s my positive spin on it anyways. I was bummed when I got covid but was glad I recovered in time to go to my Godson’s graduation party, and Will was post-covid, too, so I could take him with. The 4yo tested positive shortly before the party so he stayed home with dad. I really didn’t want to miss my Godson’s grad party so was glad I could safely go.

    And a roadtrip with 2 adults is 100% different and way better than with kids! I don’t love road trips, but I really dislike car trips with my kids since the youngest tends to scream when the trip is longer than an hour.

  • Reply Diane July 19, 2022 at 10:38 am

    I always felt like the good thing about a positive test was that I could stop wondering when/if I was going to test positive and just move on with life. With my husband’s positive test, the stress of constantly testing me and the kids and waiting for the little pink lines or not was the hardest part, I think. Like a pregnancy test, indeed! (I mean I do fully realize that luckily we are all baseline healthy and can weather a bout with COVID and can work from home and have a yard. When my Husband had to isolate, it was actually the most relaxed I had seen him in ten years.)
    Also- I think your road trip sounds pretty fun- it reminds me of the cross country trips I did with my husband when we were first dating and too poor to fly anywhere. It was, like yours, lots of junk food and radio sing alongs. Maybe not as fun as a weekend away, but time alone with a special person nonetheless!

  • Reply Sarah Jedd July 19, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Gah! This is why COIVD is the worst– unless you are testing for a reason or feel unusually bad, it’s SO EASY to just go about your life spreading the vid. Hope you feel better soon and the kids avoid it. (Only 3/7 of us got it and we all masked inside around each other, ate outside, isolated as possible, etc).

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 19, 2022 at 11:35 am

      The big kids are at camp until Sunday evening and our nanny may just keep G until then so hopefully we can keep it to just us!

  • Reply Elisabeth July 19, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    Gold star for your attitude. It’s actually boosting my spirits to see how well you’re handling this – it’s like “If Sarah can respond this way to a + test during a fun planned trip, I can do X without complaining, right?”

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 20, 2022 at 12:02 pm

      I can’t say I haven’t complained – ask Josh! But at least I guess I have maintained perspective.

  • Reply Torey Davis July 19, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    I had my first bout with COVID this month. I knew I had been exposed, so was testing frequently…. I took one at 8am and there was ZERO line and just 4-5 hours later it was a bold and blazing positive! My symptoms passed quickly, but I tested positive for 10 days! Hope yours remain mild!

  • Reply Kim N July 19, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    Get well soon xx

  • Reply Sophie July 20, 2022 at 3:00 am

    Well done keeping a positive mindset despite the circumstances, hope you are both feeling better soon! Also, after hearing so much about it on BLP I just bought the Hemlock and Oak Undated Weekly using your link, despite the high shipping costs to Australia, and I’m excited!

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