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as far as i know stet and i have it. anyone else?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 11:47 (five months ago) link

Saturday 28 March
During the day i started feeling that classic tingly 'emergency' feeling that accompanies pretty much any fever. i had a scheduled aperatif/hangout at 7:15 with my wife's family, about a dozen of them shouting over the top of each other for an hour. my wife also said she didn't feel good, so we PRETENDED to drink by pouring some kombucha into wine glasses. it wasn't so bad.

by the time i was ready for bed i had a proper fever - 38.3C (101F). that night was terrible. classic delirium dreams. i was one of many little bundles or hashmarks that needed to be grouped and lined up inside a large pen somewhere in westminster. it was my job to do the grouping and lining up, and i was also one of the hashmarks. i tried every combination. it never was right. i woke up maybe 4 times and always returned to this same anxiety dream. my body ached. it was hard to get back to sleep.

Sunday 29 March
toast was bitter. coffee was horrible. i started coughing. not a lot, and it never felt violent, but it was there. i ached all over. in the afternoon i slept, which was massively helpful. after that i even started to feel okay.

my wife having similar symptoms to me, but milder. little or no fever, and less aches.

i went for a walk (allowed under NHS guidelines) keeping well away from everyone and feeling like the angel of death. as i walked i could smell something. it was persistent. extremely recognisable yet very unusual. i could smell it wherever i went. once i got back home i could still smell it. i finally figured it out. burning hair. since then i haven't smelled it.

another symptom began: little pain flashes at the base of my skull lasting for no more than a second or two. right side, left side, at random. no trouble breathing. but chest feeling tight and a bit... hollowed out sort of. there is some serious shit happening in there. prefer not to know.

whole family watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which was WAY more trash than i had remembered. still kinda fun.

i started to feel even better. by this time i'd started taking paracetemol right up to the max dosage each day (2x 500mg tablets three times a day) and kind of trying to game it so that it would take effect at the ideal time but not put me over my limit. felt better going to bed.

Monday 30 March
night absolutely awful. worst yet. woke up needing to pee and couldn't go back to sleep for maybe 2 hrs because of the aches. finally realising i was being an idiot and should just take some paracetemol. did so, got to sleep in 10 minutes. some untold time later wake up absolutely DRENCHED. hanes beefy T just wet through. changes clothes.

realise there is an eerie resemblance between how i feel in the mornings and how i might feel after an almighty speed bender. metallic taste in mouth, insides feel totally used up and squeezed out, flashes of pain in head. strong urges to pee that result in very little.

actually take a shower and change into real clothes to try to feel more normal. it kind of works! and guess what - it's a homeschool day!

somehow my wife and i manage my kids through a few online classes, set them up with some videogames and lunch, are incredibly irritable towards each other and the kids. after the kids are in bed we have a big talk and apologise to each other.

Tuesday 31 March
new night strategy: keep two paracetemol by the bed and take as soon as i wake up in the middle of the night. IT WORKS. more or less. i basically sleep through. rise at 8:30 feeling like shit but at least i slept.

the first of several grocery drop-offs arrives courtesy of a neighbourhood friend. the lovely Emma B feels significantly worse and i'm about the same. we're basically holding steady. no shortness of breath is what i'm holding onto.

it turns out one of my bosses at work had it right before we were all told to work from home and it took him 15 days to come out of it. he urged me in a text message to completely disconnect from work for at least 3-4 days and get better. that's what i'm doing.

as i'm writing this my kids are playing PS4 and my wife is in bed.

i fully intend for this to be as bad as it gets. i'm not drinking alcohol at all. i'm having like a half a cup of coffee a day (as opposed to my usual 3-4). it tastes nasty now anyway. drinking lots of water. getting to bed around 11pm.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:14 (five months ago) link

whole family watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which was WAY more trash than i had remembered.


the most alarming symptom i’ve heard about so far tbh

a struggle to make meat-snacking fit (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:17 (five months ago) link

(get well soon stet and tracer obv)

a struggle to make meat-snacking fit (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:18 (five months ago) link

Seconded.

Bridge Over Thorley Waters (Tom D.), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:23 (five months ago) link

(Big Star's) Thirded

Three Hundred Pounds of Almond Joy (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:25 (five months ago) link

Sounds horrible TH, hope that’s as bad as it gets & you both get better soon.

extremely Dutch coughing sound (gyac), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:26 (five months ago) link

the most amazing part, which i had completely forgotten, goes something like this:

cruise: 'you're an analyst?'

renner: 'that's right'

cruise: 'pen'

renner: 'excuse me?'

cruise, more pettily: 'give me a pen!'

renner gives cruise a ballpoint pen. cruise then starts drawing on his own palm with the pen. as he's drawing, he's talking. cruise: 'if you're such a hot shot analyst, i'm looking for a european male, mid-50s, blue eyes, looks like this' and then cruise HOLDS UP HIS PALM to show him the BALLPOINT SKETCH and renner says...

'well.. it's crude sketch, but it could be...' and pinpoints the exact dude, rattling off the guy's postdoctoral degrees

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:27 (five months ago) link

xpost lol thanks all

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:27 (five months ago) link

feel better tracer! and stet!

k3vin k., Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:30 (five months ago) link

yes but had you any criticisms of this perfect movie or were you just going to detail its awesomeness

ole uncle tiktok (darraghmac), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:31 (five months ago) link

I didn't think I had seen this movie but now that you described the scene, I have totally seen it.

Get well!

Yerac, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:34 (five months ago) link

Good luck Tracer! Judging by your post it sounds like your kids are just bowling through this without any ill-effects at all, which I guess is both a blessing and a curse right now?

Matt DC, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:57 (five months ago) link

Good luck & get well soon, Tracer & stet & families and any other ilxors with bugs to report!

and thanks for the symptoms diary, it's interesting to have an idea what to expect (or not)...

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 13:03 (five months ago) link

take care TH (and stet, and yr respective households), good to hear you've been able to function on some level during the day

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 13:13 (five months ago) link

Matt: bingo

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 13:58 (five months ago) link

tbh the thing i’m almost dreading more than contracting the ‘rona is trying to look after a 21-month-old while feeling like hammered shit for a week or more

a struggle to make meat-snacking fit (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 14:00 (five months ago) link

Get well, this is riveting 'rona-blogging

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 15:21 (five months ago) link

from what i understand stet is much further along in this. would be interesting to see to what extent our experiences line up.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 16:32 (five months ago) link

Ilxor stevie had it too iirc, but I think he's out the other side now

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 19:55 (five months ago) link

!!! i did not know

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:11 (five months ago) link

Get well sooon, tracer.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:14 (five months ago) link

Very best wishes to both of you.

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:17 (five months ago) link

i hope you all get well soon xx

estela, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:28 (five months ago) link

the most alarming symptom i’ve heard about so far tbh

― a struggle to make meat-snacking fit (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:17 AM (eight hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Well loss of taste is a common symptom

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:36 (five months ago) link

roasted

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:58 (five months ago) link

lol

mark s, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:02 (five months ago) link

a+

a struggle to make meat-snacking fit (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:06 (five months ago) link

I mention this just to cheer you up, Tracer Hand (hoping you find humour in such things): I was going to post on that first-ILX-mention thread, so I looked up "coronavirus," and, well, I'm sure you can guess the rest.

rona moved in: ilx0rs with the bug report on their progress

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:13 (five months ago) link

Huh? Wrong link.

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:14 (five months ago) link

'Professor Wickramasinghe admits there is no hard evidence for his theory; and researchers who have been working on Sars reacted with a mixture of disbelief and ridicule.
There is nothing strange about the Sars coronavirus, they said; it certainly evolved from other known viruses.

One leading expert said Professor Wickramasinghe's letter "must be a joke"; another said it is simply ridiculous.'

surely it is the Professor's name that is the joke here?!@@

― Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Friday, May 23, 2003 11:59 AM (sixteen years ago) bookmarkflaglink

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:15 (five months ago) link

Wow!

I am ashamed of making fun of what at this remove I now consider a rather brilliant, grand and gnarly name. :/

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:41 (five months ago) link

Also if that be he, he is clearly A Dude

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:41 (five months ago) link

And he is claiming extraterrestrial origins of coronaviruses to this day.

Unfortunate joke. I was reminded of how, 25-30 years ago, when my friends and I came across someone with an unwieldy name we would exclaim "Gesundheit!" As kids this just seemed silly, but now I have to wonder if it ever came across as racist.

☮️ (peace, man), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 10:51 (five months ago) link

pigs! in! space!

mark s, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 11:03 (five months ago) link

Wednesday 1 April
Best night yet. I didn’t need my emergency paracetemol.

Two massive naps today. Worryingly, Paul comes down with a 103F fever and sleeps for hours as well.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation on the teevee with the kids. Goodness me what a movie. The opera scene. The ‘water torus’ scene. The car chase in Morocco. Kidnaping the Prime Minister. The final cat-and-mouse shootout / knife fight among the foggy alleyways of Tower Hill. The delicious conclusion. Best MI hands down imo.

Appetite still good (though still no sense of smell) and breathing still fine.

Thursday 2 April
Rocky night. However Paul has woken up in a great mood, and no fever.

Went for a longish walk today with the lovaly Emma B. Made avologmeno for lunch and was then attacked by a headache the ferocity of which I have probably never felt before in my life. It wasn’t all-encompassing like a migraine but it somehow felt worse - it was sudden, implacable, vice-like, a heavy boot holding me down. Utterly defenseless. Slept three hours in the afternoon and the boot was still there when I woke up.

Managed to rouse myself for dinner, read to the kids before bed.

In some ways this is maybe the worst day so far. Just flattened. Currently watching Pitch Perfect, which is exactly my speed. Head still throbbing. I’ve heard that people can really take a nose-dive in the second week and I hope this isn’t the beginning of that.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 2 April 2020 20:55 (five months ago) link

fingers crosse tracer, i hadnt seen migraine as a common symptom but i have where possible just been avoiding too much of that reporting tbh

heartened that yr MI taste is back, that is indeed the best of them

ole uncle tiktok (darraghmac), Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:03 (five months ago) link

Sorry you’re going through this!

rob, Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:03 (five months ago) link

Thanks for keeping everyone informed, I'm sure it's a struggle.

clemenza, Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:11 (five months ago) link

best wishes to you both

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:12 (five months ago) link

Best wishes to you both.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:30 (five months ago) link

<3 <3 <3 <3

maura, Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:36 (five months ago) link

<<<<3333

karmic blowback for dissing pip and jane baker (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:36 (five months ago) link

Damn Tracer, hang in there.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 3 April 2020 02:00 (five months ago) link

,

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 3 April 2020 02:00 (five months ago) link

fuck, tracer. get well soon. and thanks for keeping us updated here - this sort of thing really helpful (and dare i say it interesting)

Fizzles, Friday, 3 April 2020 06:19 (five months ago) link

Get well soon. Hope it does mean you can't get it again at least.

Stevolende, Friday, 3 April 2020 06:55 (five months ago) link

<3 Tracer all the best to you and family. thanks for posting your updates. what fizzles just said.

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Friday, 3 April 2020 07:08 (five months ago) link

Hold tight Tracer. Honestly this sounds like a real motherfucker, something especially cruel about the way it seems to trick everyone into thinking they're improving for a bit before finding new and more horrific ways to brutalise them.

Matt DC, Friday, 3 April 2020 14:16 (five months ago) link

I tested positive for antibodies a second time, and got a little more clarification on those results from the Red Cross. The first time I tested positive was when I donated in mid-June. Yesterday I received a (snail mail) letter not just reaffirming that my results were reactive, but stating that they actually performed additional antibody testing on my blood donation "to get a better understanding of the reactive result of the initial test," and I came up positive again, meaning "you most probably were exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and had a past infection." After the mandatory wait I donated blood again just 10 days ago, so called up the Red Cross to find out my even more recent results, and they said I tested positive once again (meaning, a third time). There's a backlog (no surprise) on the results of that secondary additional antibody test (whatever it is; it will potentially affirm my fourth positive result), but in the meantime I've now been signed up for a monthly study to see how long my antibodies last and in what numbers.

Just as a reminder, to show how weird and random this illness is, assuming now that I did have covid it was back in the second week of March, and my only symptoms were a loss of smell and taste and general fatigue. And that all passed after maybe 4 or 5 days. No one else in my family got sick following me, afaict, though each of my kids had a day or so of fever and otherwise generic symptoms a few days before my own mild symptoms. And one of them, fwiw, much later tested negative for antibodies, as did my wife.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:00 (three weeks ago) link

39.6. This is it isn't it. No coughing tho

imago, Monday, 14 September 2020 23:34 (one week ago) link

It could be a lot of things. Guess you’re quarantining regardless though! 🙃

Good luck louis. get tested if you can!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 14 September 2020 23:37 (one week ago) link

hope it's unrelated!!! <3

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 14 September 2020 23:38 (one week ago) link

Whatever it is, stay home and take care of yourself. Do get tested if you can. It will help guide the rest of your actions to know instead of guess. Good luck and get well soon!

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Monday, 14 September 2020 23:41 (one week ago) link

Ah fuck. Get well soon and keep us posted, lj!

pomenitul, Monday, 14 September 2020 23:45 (one week ago) link

I didn't start coughing until I'd been rid of every other symptom for about five days. Get well soon.

(show hidden tics) (WmC), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 00:12 (one week ago) link

Fever down, now just sinus pain. Think it might not be rona? Who even knows

imago, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 01:43 (one week ago) link

I tested positive for flu A and B. Awaiting covid test results.

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:06 (one week ago) link

In quarantine for now. Second guessing some decisions, mostly sending youngest to in person pre-school.

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:10 (one week ago) link

Get well soon WmC and imago

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:17 (one week ago) link

ban isolate 1ou1s j4gg3r

good luck dude

mookieproof, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:30 (one week ago) link

OK yeah this really was just food poisoning, sorry to alarm!

imago, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:17 (one week ago) link

Vmic, but glad you’re not dead

scampo italiano (gyac), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:24 (one week ago) link

good luck usa lj

contorted filbert (harbl), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:33 (one week ago) link

.. and update the London Restaurants thread.

Luna Schlosser, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:35 (one week ago) link

by my own hand alas. the list of suspects is long though. a very ingredient-happy stir-fry

imago, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:41 (one week ago) link

Extremely in character, this plus the long soup is confirmation enough never to eat anything you’ve cooked

scampo italiano (gyac), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:49 (one week ago) link

it was tasty tbf

imago, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:51 (one week ago) link

uh oh was it fried rice syndrome?

contorted filbert (harbl), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:53 (one week ago) link

it was either the fish, the pak choi, the tomatoes or the jackfruit, and whatever it was, it got me up to nearly 40 celsius

imago, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:59 (one week ago) link

anyway i've been very indulgent and will yield the floor to people who actually have the rona

imago, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:59 (one week ago) link

Happy to hear it (well, not that you have food poisoning, but y’know).

pomenitul, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 13:15 (one week ago) link

can only be the jackfruit imo. it's good to have you back from the pre-rona lj

Monte Scampino (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 14:44 (one week ago) link

good luck & get well soon, LJ and Sufjan & family!

glad you don't have the 'rona, LJ; hope you don't have the 'rona, Sufjan (and youngest, and others)

scampus unrest (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:02 (one week ago) link

gws sufjan!

@imago I hope you get better... at cooking haha owned

Gab B. Nebsit (wins), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:34 (one week ago) link

LJ, alert us at once if you lose your sense of smell!

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:34 (one week ago) link

I, my wife and both kids all have sore throats and feel a bit weak today, hm...

这是我的显示名称 (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:37 (one week ago) link

Allergies?

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:38 (one week ago) link

none of us have any allergies, no

这是我的显示名称 (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:39 (one week ago) link

Oh, sorry...

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:41 (one week ago) link

The simultaneity of the symptoms appearing suggests to me something environmental or else very contagious. Good luck.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:41 (one week ago) link

:(

Keep us posted, CAL.

hey, trust the fungus! (pomenitul), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:42 (one week ago) link

Kids always pick up shit the first weeks back at school... hope it’s that and not that

scampo italiano (gyac), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:45 (one week ago) link

I mean.. it's day three or four and we all still basically feel ok, like if I was at work I would probably go in, so if we have it it's probably a mild case. Will try to get tested tomorrow.

这是我的显示名称 (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 20:04 (one week ago) link

Got an appointment for our 6-y-o son to get tested tomorrow morning. Thanks to whoever tipped Stet off about the next day's testing appointments going live around 8pm :D We're pretty sure it's not Covid but without a negative test he can't go back to school and I would like some peace it is so important for him to continue his education.

Madchen, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 20:08 (one week ago) link

If the testing system is going to fall over with every outbreak of minor sniffles in schools then we're really in trouble. There's definitely something going round but it's probably not covid on the basis that so many children seem to have it.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 20:17 (one week ago) link

Yeah, a few of his mates have had the sniffles but of course he’s the only one with a cough.

Madchen, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 20:20 (one week ago) link

Didn’t your household have it earlier in the year? Surely he would have had a dose then.

scampo italiano (gyac), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 20:21 (one week ago) link

I think nearly all the families I know with kids who've gone back to school have at least one person with bog standard cold symptoms (me included as of tonight - yay) so I'm not too worried.
It happened when they went back during lockdown too. I seem to catch every cold going and then some whereas the rest of my household is pretty immune.
Obv if there's high temps as well you'd better get tested.

kinder, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 20:22 (one week ago) link

Didn’t your household have it earlier in the year? Surely he would have had a dose then.

We’re pretty sure we did, though tests weren’t available at the time unless you were admitted to hospital. And while Stet had it badly and I had it mildly, F had chickenpox! Maybe he had Covid at the same time, I dunno. Whatever, it’s kind of irrelevant because if he went to school with a cough he’d be sent home for a test anyway. So the only routes for us now are (a) no school for 10 days or (b) get a negative result and straight back in. I guess I could have told the school he was home with a cold and not mentioned the cough, but I’m well honest innit.

Madchen, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 20:55 (one week ago) link

No rona. But i now have a bacterial infection quite deep that may require surgery.

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 17 September 2020 17:51 (one week ago) link

Yikes!

No rona here, confirmed by text at 6.15am.

Madchen, Thursday, 17 September 2020 17:56 (one week ago) link

Oof, best wishes Sufjan

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Friday, 18 September 2020 01:30 (one week ago) link

I seem to be in that category kinder described right now.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 September 2020 02:51 (one week ago) link

xp thanks, table. I had a small surgery yesterday. Now i have a tube running into my buttcheek connected to a wound vac. I have to take one home and carry around like Radio Raheem for a week. But it wasn't rona or even fishjackfruit.

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 18 September 2020 16:06 (one week ago) link

Oof! As someone with much experience in the 'tubes going into very uncomfortable parts of my body' department, I hope it isn't too awful and that everything is okay!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Friday, 18 September 2020 18:31 (one week ago) link

thanks again, and it's not so bad. if it becomes uncomfortable, i can indeed remember the experiences of others on this board. this is nothing compared to what you went through.

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 18 September 2020 20:24 (one week ago) link

My son is off school today looking quite listless, in bed all day + with standard cold symptoms and some coughing, but thank fuck a normal temperature of thereabouts 98f. If he develops a fever then that's when I'll be in a state of PANIC!

calzino, Friday, 18 September 2020 20:36 (one week ago) link

Sounds worse than my 9 days of feeling extremely rundown, but ymmv. Glad you're on the mend. xp

(show hidden tics) (WmC), Friday, 18 September 2020 20:39 (one week ago) link


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