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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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) link

(get well soon stet and tracer obv)

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


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

(Big Star's) Thirded

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

xpost lol thanks all

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

feel better tracer! and stet!

k3vin k., Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:30 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) link

Matt: bingo

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

Get well, this is riveting 'rona-blogging

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

!!! i did not know

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

Get well sooon, tracer.

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

Very best wishes to both of you.

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:17 (four years ago) link

i hope you all get well soon xx

estela, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:28 (four years 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 (four years ago) link


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


mark s, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:02 (four years ago) link


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

Huh? Wrong link.

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:14 (four years 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 (four years ago) link


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 (four years ago) link

Also if that be he, he is clearly A Dude

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

pigs! in! space!

mark s, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 11:03 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) link

Sorry you’re going through this!

rob, Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:03 (four years ago) link

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

clemenza, Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:11 (four years ago) link

best wishes to you both

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

Best wishes to you both.

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

<3 <3 <3 <3

maura, Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:36 (four years ago) link


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

Damn Tracer, hang in there.

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


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

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

Stevolende, Friday, 3 April 2020 06:55 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) link

anecdotal info so take with grain of salt, but a few of my friends had what felt like a covid relapse a few weeks after they got it (it turned out to not be long covid in every case, thankfully)

ivy., Thursday, 1 February 2024 16:10 (three months ago) link

Thanks, all. Im not up to date on my vaxxes. It has crossed my it might be the flu They did a test at the urgent care I went to about a week ago but they shoved something up my nose that didnt even touch the sides. It took about.oooooo1 seconds so I dont really trust it.

I just hope its not my 3rd bout of pneumonia. The back stabbies are making me wonder though.

Esteemed character actress (sunny successor), Thursday, 1 February 2024 16:45 (three months ago) link

When we had covid over the holidays, my wife took Paxlovid and got rebound a week after feeling better. I did not take it and had maybe a worse case of covid but no rebound (does not mean I wouldn't take Paxlovid, I just didn't think about it in time).

Hope you are feeling better soon, sunny!

il lavoro mi rovina la giornata (PBKR), Thursday, 1 February 2024 17:13 (three months ago) link

“While traffic accidents are up all across the board by 16%, they are up even more among the unvaccinated. And while you might not have a lot of empathy for adults who don't vaccinate, the vast majority of unvaccinated globally are either adults who have no access (including in the US now that we've ended pandemic supports) and CHILDREN.”

Those kids shouldn’t have been driving sito

Boris Yitsbin (wins), Thursday, 1 February 2024 17:28 (three months ago) link

people are definitely driving worse, i wouldn't always ascribe it to the effects of covid, society in decline and an emphasis on how people need to drive a car that owns the road (whatever their chosen make and model may be), everyone else outta the way, etc.

but i also would be surprised if covid didn't have cognitive effects on people, some very obvious but some more widespread and much less so. kinda like in the NFL, players might be obviously concussed and stuck in protocol, but others get little dings every game and it all adds up to a cost being paid later. obviously some guys play the game and take the hits and wind up find but idk.

omar little, Thursday, 1 February 2024 17:35 (three months ago) link

those kids def shouldn't be driving obv

omar little, Thursday, 1 February 2024 17:35 (three months ago) link

It’s funny, to the best of my knowledge I’ve never had the rona, and I continue to take more than average precautions to not get the rona, but I am very much not the person I was a couple of years ago cognitively speaking. My executive functioning sucks, I react slowly to things, at my job I struggle with stuff I used to have in my back pocket.

The most likely explanation would be this is a new feature of my chronic depression (celebrating 35 years in 2024 woooo) but then I also think back to how my wife and I both had something nasty and viral right at the end of Dec 2019/beginning of Jan 2020.

realistic pillow (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 1 February 2024 18:11 (three months ago) link

it was my third bout of pneumonia.

doc said covid + sinus infection (which i didnt know i even had except for blocked ears) often results in pneumonia. so thats something to look for, i guess.

Esteemed character actress (sunny successor), Tuesday, 6 February 2024 16:54 (three months ago) link

took mom to doctor's because she likely has a sinus infection (got worse and worse as the week went on, negative for flu, COVID, on several occasions). we were masked. two Geico cavepeople then walked in the door and the mom immediately starts telling the lady behind the counter that her son is really really sick, has had a 103 fever, been vomiting (basically TEXTBOOK Influenza B symptoms), and neither are masked, and dude comes into the area I'm sitting, so I somewaht dramatically got up and moved.

like....fuck, it was an expectation BEFORE COVID that you were supposed to mask at the doctor if you thought you had the flu. I remember CVS Minute Clinic having signage in the store back in 2014 that you were required to put one on if you had suspected flu symptoms before entering.

literally just avoided an exposure to Influenza A, not looking to get the much worse flu right now (I did get my flu shot). thankfully mom was inside the doctor's office the whole time.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 22:40 (three months ago) link

Mom has COVID. And bronchitis and a sinus infection!


Weirdly doc didn't give Paxlovid. He thought it might be false positive but it's not. Second test at home confirmed. She has antibiotics for the other stuff

I'm negative but we'll see if it lasts.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 23:55 (three months ago) link

I may make mom get the Paxlovid tho

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 23:55 (three months ago) link

I'll be isolating of course. Just hoping mom feels better. She seems beat but oxygen and blood pressure fine.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 23:56 (three months ago) link

mom still not doing well, but only on second full day of antibiotics for bronchitis and sinus infection. she was sick all the way back to last Tuesday with minor symptoms and wasn't testing positive then, so we think possibly she got sinus infection -> bronchitis first, then COVID.

still testing negative here. once last week, three times across two days this week. i've stayed at home and mostly kept my distance and masking in house. they didn't prescribe mom Paxlovid and I asked her if she wanted me to fill out the Walgreens form to get it yesterday and she seemed reluctant, thinking she's too far along in her infection, and also dreading the metallic aftertaste. I think we're still in the window to get it so I may persuade her again.

definitely not a false positive for her, it popped bright red immediately today for her

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 15 February 2024 16:58 (three months ago) link

Good luck, man!

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 February 2024 17:06 (three months ago) link

Damn Neando, that's a lot! Sending good vibes and hopes that it's all mild for her.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 15 February 2024 17:07 (three months ago) link

hoping so too. she had a coughing fit that freaked me out a little in the night, but then I remembered that's what bronchitis essentially does.

if antibiotics don't do anything and it doesn't improve, I might suggest an ER visit just to get looked at.

bummer is dad's birthday is Sunday and we had a dinner planned, mom, my brother, and I, to celebrate his memory - which we'll probably have to postpone now now. but as I pointed out - we can celebrate him on that day no matter where we're at, and do something more formal when we're all healthy.

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 15 February 2024 17:18 (three months ago) link

She's really lucky to have you in her life Neando, that's for sure.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 15 February 2024 17:19 (three months ago) link

A lot of people underestimate how long it takes lung stuff to heal. Coughs, even regular coughs, can linger for weeks. If antibiotics don't take it out, might be worth checking for pneumonia.

I don't know why, but I've heard lots of stories (or at least, more than one) of doctors not prescribing Paxlovid even when the patient is right in the bullseye: covid, older, more at risk, etc. Granted, the medicine supposedly works best very early on in the diagnosis, and also interferes with a few medications that many older people often take (blood pressure?), but other than that, I'm not sure there are any real downsides. When I had covid in July, my primary doc didn't prescribe it, so I just immediately contacted a Teledoc right after and she prescribed it with no hesitation.

dreading the metallic aftertaste.

This I don't get. Yeah, it wasn't the best taste, but it wasn't terrible, no medicine tastes good, and it's only temporary. I can see dreading a colonoscopy or dreading getting a filling, but medicine that tastes weird for a couple of days? That's not worthy of dread, imo. You can tell your mom I said so.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 February 2024 17:21 (three months ago) link

Here's more fun long covid stuff

Gift link

fleetwood macrame (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 15 February 2024 17:23 (three months ago) link

xpost yeah and it's easy enough to get at Walgreens so I might just tell her 'come on, what's one more pill'

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 15 February 2024 17:24 (three months ago) link

tbf, it's a lot of pills!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 February 2024 17:36 (three months ago) link

oh she has like 12-15 already lol

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 15 February 2024 17:52 (three months ago) link

mom improving. me, still nothing, no symptoms, no positive test.

and now i've been isolating, whereas before we knew we had basically been sharing a lot of the same air.

may get lucky.

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Friday, 16 February 2024 23:21 (three months ago) link

isolating from mom that is in my own room. and a KN95

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Friday, 16 February 2024 23:21 (three months ago) link

Good thoughts, that's a lot. Hope improvement continues.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Friday, 16 February 2024 23:29 (three months ago) link

the big improvement is in her cough, thankfully. suggests that the bronchitis might indeed be separate bacterial infection and that antibiotics are working.

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Friday, 16 February 2024 23:30 (three months ago) link

mom has essentially beaten the bronchitis and sinus infection and just has residual gunk from the bronchitis.

still testing positive, but line has gotten fainter finally.

I continue to test negative and feel absolutely fine, and if mom is negative soon, I might completely luck out again. especially since we're basically in separate rooms and masking when in the same room.

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Monday, 19 February 2024 21:29 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Get well! How do you feel?

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 13 April 2024 12:54 (one month ago) link

Not too bad, actually. A little achy, sinuses swole but not runny, feels like I have a slight fever but my thermometer says no. I caught it from my wife, who got it from her cousin last Sunday on an eclipse-watching trip. She had one very uncomfortable day but is on the upswing.

Ippei's on a bummer now (WmC), Saturday, 13 April 2024 13:14 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Hello Covid, my old friend
I've come to cough with you again...

A buddy tested positive this morning, so I thought I should take a test as well... Positive!

It's been a couple years since I came down with the 'Rona.. I thought I was having a little case of sniffles mixed with hay fever; nope, it's Covid

Current CDC guidelines say to isolate until you've gone 24 hours with no fever, without using fever-reducing meds (which I haven't been)... currently at 99.6* so not too bad

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 30 April 2024 23:14 (one month ago) link

Sorry to hear Andy!

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 1 May 2024 06:40 (four weeks ago) link

Last night was pretty rough, but I feel better this morning... I think it was the hot toddy

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 16:39 (four weeks ago) link

My wife and I caught it again about a month ago now, it was milder than the first time (1 day down-and-out instead of 3+) but we both have a lingering brain fog. Best wishes to Andy and anyone else suffering now.

okay I tested negative over a week ago (monday may 6th) but I'm still coughing shit up

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 16:42 (two weeks ago) link

The mild but persistent cough that I still have started a couple of days after I got rid of the virus.

Ippei's on a bummer now (WmC), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 16:46 (two weeks ago) link

Felt subpar a couple days but woke yesterday to v sore throat. No fever ever. Thought strep as that’s been around, took a slightly expired home test yesterday afternoon, turned positive as the drop was hitting the strip practically. Feel improved today, but a fresh test also shows clear positive.

What caused me to go from strep assumption to Covid test was that—the hair on my scalp hurt yesterday afternoon. Still does

well below the otm mendoza line (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 20:18 (two weeks ago) link

BF and his son both came down with it yesterday (thats round 2 for the bf as well). Given we suspect they picked it up out at a show on the weekend that means it was brewing in em for 2 full days without symptoms so I'm now worried I'll come down with it as well, and as a result have had to cancel a planned trip interstate to visit my ailing dad (because I cant risk going near an elderly old man with possible cooties). Blasted timing!

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 21:55 (two weeks ago) link

I actually ran into the woman last night that gave me covid! She was apologetic but of course she didn't know it when we were chatting in the bar - anyway I told her that getting covid was actually a good booster ahead of my summer travels, so not to worry about it

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 16:41 (two weeks ago) link

been 4 days since I was exposed and I have a sore throat/am tired ,but im still testing negative. Annoying though, us all wearing masks indoors all the time is unpleasant (I get hot flashes and sweat a lot)

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 16 May 2024 02:05 (two weeks ago) link

still shitty but my ilx thraed awarenesses and ppds (posts per day) are posting personal bests all fuckin day woo

well not quality, but quantity baybee

well below the otm mendoza line (Hunt3r), Thursday, 16 May 2024 15:10 (two weeks ago) link

Started getting a sore throat yesterday, took one test the normal way and one test with a throat swab. The second one came back positive so I'm acting on the assumption I have covid, staying home from teaching, making plans to be out for days etc. So far it feels like a cold with an extra symptom of my stomach being a little messed up.

Last time I had covid, though, it was ten days of absolute misery: fever, body aches, tachycardia, trouble breathing, the works, followed by six months of long covid. That was when I'd already been sick for weeks with c.diff, though, so I'm hoping I have a much more functional immune system now. The promising thing is that this is day two and still mild. Last time it was mild for day one and then day two I woke up barely able to move.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 16 May 2024 15:35 (two weeks ago) link

RAT test finally showed up as positive this afternoon. I clearly had covid and knew it already (hacking irritating cough and general aches/malaise)

One weird thing this and last time I had it is no fever. But I'm returning to that feeling that - Lily Dale, I recall us talking about this last time round! - like my chest is heavy, even though I can breathe ok.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 17 May 2024 09:32 (one week ago) link

I am in day 5 from positive, my second bout after 18 mos ago, this sucks, i feel bad but not bedridden, have never had a fever this time. i actually feel slightly worst today than yesterday didn’t expect that. so bo room to complain, but you get ‘em here.

so much guitar practice that’s not the worst yay.

well below the otm mendoza line (Hunt3r), Friday, 17 May 2024 17:54 (one week ago) link

i should practice screen typing

well below the otm mendoza line (Hunt3r), Friday, 17 May 2024 17:55 (one week ago) link

Day 3: So far this sucks but is not nearly as bad as last time. Just feels like an unpleasant cold with fever and headache and lots of coughing. If there's going to be weird spooky shit like last time, it hasn't set in yet.

Lily Dale, Friday, 17 May 2024 18:01 (one week ago) link

I've heard here in the Bay Area that there's definitely a 'wave' going on... college classes being cancelled due to high rates of infection. It seems to not be the worst strain but pretty prolific nonetheless

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 17 May 2024 18:22 (one week ago) link

maybe, but worth noting that both nationally, in all four regions, and in California specifically, COVID wastewater levels are at "minimal" levels per the CDC. usually we'd see that jump significantly if there was an actual wave - worth noting as well that norovirus is still raging nationally at high levels, so that could be a culprit as it hasn't really backed off.

Iacocca Cola (Neanderthal), Friday, 17 May 2024 18:32 (one week ago) link

maybe sick people are hording their faeces

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 17 May 2024 18:42 (one week ago) link

One more Paxlovid data point for ya…

Got Covid for the second time in December, immediately was very sick, but decided to ride it out.

On morning of day four I was still incredibly sick, getting sicker, and because my first round of Covid resulted in about 4 months of scary long Covid kind stuff I broke down and started taking the pax.

By the evening I felt 80% better and the next morning barely felt sick at all. Tested negative two days after the initial pax, no rebound. I know there have been vastly different paxlovid outcomes for most folks, but it absolutely felt like a miracle drug for me.

Davey D, Friday, 17 May 2024 19:29 (one week ago) link

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