Updates from the sick bed

July 20, 2022

I have to admit that as I wrote yesterday’s post I was optimistic that I would have . . . let’s call it COVID-lite. I mean come on, it’s round 2! So many vaccines! Etc.

On the up side, I am fine. Nothing life-threatening is going on.

On the down side, ew! I feel like total garbage. It’s not outside of what I have experienced with other memorably bad colds/flus, but #(%&#$ it still sucks. I had a fever of 103 last night. I can still read and watch TV but I have zero energy to do anything of substance, such as record BLP. Thankfully my wonderful sound team was able to give me some more time so hopefully I’ll be up for recording tomorrow.

The uncertainty is hard for this planner but I am trying to just take things one day at a time to the extent possible. Our nanny still has Genevieve which 100% feels like the right option for logistical reasons (and, understandably our nanny + her husband do not want to get COVID). I am grateful the big kids won’t be home until Sunday evening at which point we should be more functional and less contagious (and yes we will deploy masks at home in some fashion to try to prevent spread).

Anyway. All is okay. PERSPECTIVE. Below, a personal pep talk:

There will be other trips.

I will get my running speed back again. And hey, my training likely won’t be interrupted by COVID in the near future (well, hopefully).

I am in a best-case-scenario recovery position with no kids to take care of (and had planned to be off from work until Monday for vac anyway).

Josh is feeling a lot better (not 100% but way better than me) and can help a little.

Grocery/restaurant delivery is a thing!

Downloadable books/streaming TV/movies is a thing, and I still have a handful of Ted Lasso episodes left to enjoy.

Okay off to rest. My plans for today are to basically do nothing.

not too sad

An n=1 study of COVID on resting heart rate:

interesting (well, to the subject anyway)


  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns July 20, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Sorry to hear you are feeling worse! I looked at my resting heartrate data from May and it did not spike much when I had covid. You should have seen my resting heartrate when I had that blood clot during pregnancy, though! I obviously did not know I had a blood clot so wasn’t paying attention to resting heart rate, and it’s already elevated when pregnant but wow did it spike around when the massive clot was detected. I remember going to a doctor appointment w/ my husband and commenting on how my veins were popping out of my skin like crazy while we were waiting for the doctor! I think we found out I had a blood clot later that day and he felt horrible for not putting my horrible leg pain + popping veins together! But who would have guessed that was what was going on! I’m at a slightly elevated risk for blood clots so I do pay a bit more attention to my resting heartrate, though!

    I’m glad your nanny can keep G so you can focus on recovery. In hindsight, I should not have tried to work while having covid. Since I can WFH, I kept working and would lay down in the afternoon and nap. I think I took 1.5 days off total. I was so so so congested and coworkers would comment on it during internal calls and ask if we should reschedule. That’s probably part of why it lingered so long for me. And then our 4yo got the stomach flu 4 days after I tested positive and was sick for 4-5 days so that did not help matters!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 20, 2022 at 12:46 pm

      Blood clots and bulging veins sounds much much scarier than anything I am experiencing so I’m just glad you are ok!!!

  • Reply Ames July 20, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    I’m so sorry that it’s progressed beyond Covid-lite. I had it in January, DH had it week before last .. it’s no joke, and I hope you feel better soon.

    If you finish up Lasso and are on the lookout for another show, give Acapulco (also on Apple TV+) a try. It has a bit of the Lasso season 1 underdog-defies-expectations feeling along with some really fabulous 1980s hair/makeup/clothing/music.

  • Reply L. July 20, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    I hope you feel better soon! My partner and I both had Covid in mid-June but only one of the 3 kids got it. We wore masks inside except in the bedroom and shower and kept windows open as much as possible. I also ran the bathroom fan every time I went in, even if I was masking. It’s on a 30 minute timer and I figured it helped with ventilation. We ate outside, and were lucky that the weather was cooperative.

  • Reply Keren July 20, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Sarah,I hope you get well soon.
    It’s good that at least you don’t have to take care of anyone else but yourself, too bad it’s at a time when you were supposed to be resting and relaxing anyway.
    It is interesting that your resting heart rate is up, do you have any idea if it’s a known phenomenon?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 20, 2022 at 4:06 pm

      Yes definitely, it’s a marker of the body working harder to fight something. Heart rate also goes up w fever (which sadly I still have)

  • Reply Kersti July 20, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    Sorry you are sick! A few years ago I made a list of things to do when sick – read, TV, journaling, etc. It makes me feel less guilty about resting because I’m accomplishing something on the list.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 20, 2022 at 4:10 pm

      Today I made the worlds shortest to do list – it did help my mental status!

  • Reply coco July 20, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    sorry to hear about this… covid sucks no matter how you look at it but it will pass so it’s great that you remain positive and choose to look things in a positive way.
    speedy recovery!!!

  • Reply DVResident July 20, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    I was knocked out with COVID earlier last week, barely had energy to get out of bed-even walking around left me exhausted, and WEIRD chills and night sweats. Thank god for telehealth, I just saw patients from bed. Vaxxed x3, and I’m amazed at how sick I felt even with the vaccines. UGH.

    And then I lost my sense of smell and it’s barely back. My taste is still there, but I love cooking and this is so weird. Ugh!! Like a good Baltimorean, I keep Old Bay out to try and test my senses.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 20, 2022 at 7:24 pm

      Ugh!!!!! I hope your smell recovers asap! Old Bay, ha. Good choice.

  • Reply Elisabeth July 20, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    The heart rate data (regardless if it’s only an n of 1) is FASCINATING.

  • Reply Natalie July 21, 2022 at 6:44 am

    Sending good thoughts for a speedy recovery! If you’re comfortable sharing– is there a reason why you aren’t taking Paxlovid?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 21, 2022 at 10:24 am

      I read about it and it didn’t sound like I meet the criteria.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 21, 2022 at 10:26 am

      From cdc: “The FDA has authorized the emergency use of PAXLOVID for the treatment of mild-to- moderate COVID-19 in adults and children [12 years of age and older weighing at least 88 pounds (40 kg)] with a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, under an EUA.”

      There are also a few side effects listed that scare me (bleeding) so I figure if I don’t qualify probably no reason to take it.

  • Reply reallifeinutopia July 21, 2022 at 11:27 am

    Hope you feel better soon! It could always be worse, as the Stoics say. I wear a Fitbit and get a high resting heart rate before and during some infection (like I did with Covid too), or before my period.

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