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Monday Missive – Rising from My Sick Bed

My trip to Florida was wonderful but did take a less than desirable turn midway through the trip. My granddaughter became ill. She was swabbed for Covid and the flu, both of which were negative, but she was very sick the last three days of my trip. My daughter and I both started to feel a little under the weather with a scratchy throat but Covid tests were all negative. I flew home and that night I started to feel really ill.

My granddaughter has compromised lungs, so she was being given nebulizer treatments and was given a steroid inhaler to help clear her lungs. She had run a low-grade fever, but nothing alarming. My daughter never ran a fever, but by Thursday night I had a fever and a very nasty cough. I did a Covid antigen test – negative. I tried to call my doctor on Friday but his office was closed. Saturday I retested myself for Covid (again negative) and ended up going to Urgent Care Saturday morning as I was experiencing some wheezing.

Again another Covid swab and swabs for both flu strains – all negative. I was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection (aka cold) and given a plethora of medicines to help the symptoms. I am slightly improved, but the medicines are wreaking havoc on my digestive system.

On my trip down, there was one other person on the plane other than myself who was masked. On the trip back I was the only one masked. Our flight back was delayed an hour while they worked on a computer glitch which means we sat on the tarmac an extra hour with poor ventilation. I will never understand the resistance to masking, especially in such crowded places.

I was glad I made the trip. Seeing my family is important to me. But it does serve as a good reminder that while we are all hyper-aware of Covid, there are still a lot of other bugs out there just waiting for an unwitting host.

Today is my first day with no fever. My cough is better and this really feels like a cold now. These last few days, however, were not fun.

16 thoughts on “Monday Missive – Rising from My Sick Bed”

  1. I have never tested positive for Covid, but I was recently laid flat by the intense heatwave, the first time I had experienced 42C in England. My stomach did somersaults, and I spent two days almost entirely in bed. I still feel shaky now. As you say, there are plenty of other things still going around that can make us ill.
    I really hope you recover fully soon, and I am pleased to hear you did not contract Covid-19.
    Best wishes, Pete.
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  2. I hope you’re feeling better, Maggie. I wonder if the fact that we’ve been so isolated from each other’s minor illnesses has somehow made thing like the common cold worse for us to experience. I’ve heard from several friends who have picked up something – not Covid – and have had a bad time with it. I do hope your granddaughter better.

    When I flew in June, my seatmate (a woman I didn’t know) and I were the only people on the plane wearing masks. I wore mine until we were above 10,000 feet and the plane’s ventilation was obviously working. I put it back on as we prepared for landing. In my mind, there isn’t a less healthy place than when you’re stacked up in a jetway, waiting to get on the plane.

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  3. I’m glad you are feeling better. I have heard of so many people getting sick during – or coming home from – vacation. Some illnesses have been Covid, some not. Hubby and I haven’t gone anywhere lately and we are thinking we may keep it that way for a while. I don’t get the unmasked either. It seems like such a small inconvenience.

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  4. Oh, Maggie, I’m so sorry that you and your family became sick with a nasty cold virus. Apparently that’s a thing, springing back after so much staying at home and from school and day care for the last two-plus years. At least that’s according to the Globe and Mail!

    Hope you continue to improve and feel better. My sister, returning on a two week trip here to Quebec, tested positive for COVID three days after she returned, but thought she’d got it at work at her alternative pharmacy in Santa Fe after returning. Fortunately, her symptoms have been mild.

    Viruses, of any sort, are not a good thing. Sending all good energy, Lisa

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  5. I am sorry to hear that you have been so ill Maggie . I agree about the masks it is such an easy precaution to take . I really hope you are much better soon, I also hope your daughter’s family are well too 💜💜

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  6. Sounds like a nasty bug, but I’m glad you got to visit and that you’re starting to feel better. Take it easy.

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