Well, it was hardly surprising that the day my company insisted we all come in for a “celebratory lunch” would be the day I caught Covid. The entire office was in and so, whilst it was lovely to be there and see everyone, it was a bit like shooting yourself in the foot because a number of us tested positive right before a busy conference this week. Now, I’ve been banned from venturing out of my bedroom by my daughter for the next 10 days and she’s been told to work from home this week because her job is in a hospital. I’m also praying I haven’t managed to pass it on to my mother who I went to see just a couple of days before I tested positive.
Symptoms started with a temperature and headache and I’ve spent the last few nights sweating in my bed with a burning chest and a bad cough. I’m now on day three and have flu like symptoms and am now losing my sense of taste and smell – I keep sniffing things…can’t smell the hand sanitiser – only the alcohol in it. I can still just about smell and taste my beloved Marmite…hopefully it won’t get any worse and will come back quickly, but at my age, does it take longer to recover those senses? Also my eyes really hurt when I move them in their sockets. It’s hard to know though where it’s going next, I know a lot of people feel better before they get worse again and it seems to be different for everyone. Several of my good friends currently have it and it’s tempting to all isolate together so that we don’t have to lock ourselves away, but we’re all too exhausted to sort that out.
Anyway, all I can say is THANK YOU SO SO MUCH to those beautiful individuals who successfully managed to developed a vaccine. My burning chest could easily have turned into something more serious without my body having some ability to fight those little corona f**kers off. My temperature has come down and now I’m just feeling exhausted and bored.
I could of course do a total spring clean of my unbelievably untidy bedroom, but so far I’m managing to stave this off by writing lists of what else I can do whilst in isolation:-
1. Write a book (no ideas)
2. Do some art (waiting for someone to bring me some finger paints)
3. Read some books (I’m trying, but concentration levels hopeless)
4. Watch some boxsets (I’m on Succession, but might have to give Schitt’s Creek another go as nicer people)
5. Do some exercise (Pilates perfect for small bedroom exercises, but don’t yet have the energy)
6. Do some work (not feeling well enough just yet)
7. Write more lists
8. Pluck out chin hairs (5 minute job)
9. Squeeze spots (unfair that at my age I still have them)
10. Pluck out leg hairs (full time job, might be the answer)
So basically I’m lolling about in my room like a grumpy teenager whilst my daughter feeds and waters me, leaving food and drinks outside my door. She’s doing a great job to be fair and on Day One she very sweetly bought me the following care package:-
This was my lunch (my request) today – she’s allergic to apples so it was a labour of love from her to chop them up!:-
We’re reading “Entangled Life” for our book group – it’s all about fungi, but I think it requires rather more brain cells than I have right now, so I’m going to have delay the start of that and request The Beano Comic or The Joy of Sex to read in the meantime.
Today she bought me some flowers for my room and tomorrow I’m going to practice sniffing them:-
So I feel very lucky really to have escaped a more serious illness and look forward to getting out in the fresh air again soon! Feel free to help me add to my list if you too are self isolating and have any bright ideas!