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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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two years ago) link


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

(Big Star's) Thirded

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

xpost lol thanks all

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

feel better tracer! and stet!

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

Matt: bingo

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

Get well, this is riveting 'rona-blogging

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

!!! i did not know

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

Get well sooon, tracer.

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

Very best wishes to both of you.

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

i hope you all get well soon xx

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


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


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


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

Huh? Wrong link.

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

Also if that be he, he is clearly A Dude

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

pigs! in! space!

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

Sorry you’re going through this!

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

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

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

best wishes to you both

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

Best wishes to you both.

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

<3 <3 <3 <3

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


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

Damn Tracer, hang in there.

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


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

You're not the first person to get a rebound case after Paxlovid. Best wishes!

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 August 2022 13:51 (one month ago) link

they don't even give out paxlovid here unless you're in a high risk group

I tested negative this morning! I still cough occasionally but that's about it. got off pretty lightly again, didn't lose taste, never had a temperature

even the birds in the trees seemed to whisper "get fucked" (bovarism), Thursday, 18 August 2022 14:17 (one month ago) link

yeah a couple of my friends got covid around the same time and they're getting over rebounds now. not super worried about it except it pushed back my surgery revision date, no surgery within 7 weeks of having covid. i'm not really stressed about it tho, it's a pretty minor revision. i'm not even testing, i just don't get out much and don't like sticking shit up my nose (no wonder i never made it during the indie sleaze days). "high risk group" is loosely enough defined that i qualify... a combination of stress eating and getting shorter means i'm now obese again.

Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 18 August 2022 14:24 (one month ago) link

yeah just "obese" doesn't qualify in the UK, you have to have a serious medical condition - cancer, autoimmune diseases etc

even the birds in the trees seemed to whisper "get fucked" (bovarism), Thursday, 18 August 2022 14:32 (one month ago) link

Yeah in AU you have to be over 50+ have at least 2 risk factors in those kind of categories (heart problems/cancer/diabetes/obesity/asthma) or, be First Nations. I didnt even bother asking. I was too sick to go anywhere to have gotten it anyway?

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 18 August 2022 23:46 (one month ago) link

Partner only got an antiviral cos he got hospitalised with his.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 18 August 2022 23:46 (one month ago) link

Finally caught a case this weekend at an extremely bad time - traveling with my whole extended family for a funeral. No way I was affording an extended hotel stay, so managed instead to rent a car and drive 9hrs home to isolate and quarantine. Made it back just in time for fever to knock me flat on my ass, where it still has me 2 days later, despite Paxlovid. I know it’ll pass but man, it’s got me like a motherfucker. But it seems that nobody else in my family got infected, so for that I’m thankful. (Also thankful for the blessing of having enough sick time.) Had grand hopes about ticking off the remaining unwatched discs in my Criterion Bergman box, but so far all I can do is watch crappy 90s cop movies. Tried watching some Sergio Leone at first but looking at all those tired, sweaty, smelly, unhealthy, overheated dudes hit a bit too close to home.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 24 August 2022 21:44 (one month ago) link

Well hell. After almost 2 1/2 years and an escalating amount of indisputably risky behavior (or what we in Tennessee call, "getting on with our lives") it done got me. Symptoms started yesterday, allergy-like. Negative rapid test last night, but temp started rising today so I went for a PCR. Then when I got home I did another rapid test and ZOING that line sure shows up bright when it shows. Hovering around 101 degree fever right now, not feeling great Bob. Biggest bummer is our final planned trip of the year was in two days, to NYC to see the Open and A Strange Loop and eat at delicious restaurants. All canceled now. (If anyone wants good tickets to A Strange Loop this Friday, give me a shout — I'll do an ILX discount for less than StubHub will give me.)

Fortunately we just dropped the kids at their mom's yesterday, so it's just me and my wife in the house. I'm isolating upstairs, she has no symptoms and is negative at the moment. As a bonus, my work partner ALSO tested today after I reported to him, because he was feeling kind of rundown, and he's positive too. We're only a two-man operation putting out a daily subscription email, so here's hoping we don't both get completely incapacitated. (I think our readers will understand if we have to skip a day tho.)

Anyway, I had a good run. (Without COVID I mean. I don't mean that in a fatalistic way.)

Sorry to hear it, tipsy. Hugs.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 29 August 2022 19:47 (one month ago) link

Thx. Also I'm open to persuading on whether I should get paxlovid. I'm 53 and have no serious health risks. The side effects of paxlovid seem kind of crummy, but otoh better safe than sorry? Has anyone here dug into that more than my cursory reading?

Depending on the seriousness of my case should I get infected, I may forego paxlovid too.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 29 August 2022 19:59 (one month ago) link

My doc's office is closed for the day anyway, so I guess I can just see how I feel in the morning. I'll still be within the antiviral window then.

Feel better, tipsy.

Abel Ferrara hard-sci-fi elevator pitch (PBKR), Monday, 29 August 2022 20:39 (one month ago) link

sorry to hear this tipsy. get better soon. i have no opinion on paxlovid but i have said many times that tylenol is your best friend. treat it as a golden gift.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 29 August 2022 21:12 (one month ago) link

Sorry Tipsy, get well soon!

Mar - a - Lago, or 120 Days of Sodom (Boring, Maryland), Monday, 29 August 2022 22:56 (one month ago) link

Thanks all! And One Eye Open I hope you're on the mend.

Bummer, sorry to hear about the diagnosis

I had the Delta back in November, when they were still recommending a 10 day isolation period.. I was pretty good about it, but did go out for a walk at the Port of Oakland on a Sunday afternoon, when there's nobody around

Too bad about the cancelled trip, but hopefully you'll at least partially enjoy this little break from life.. I kinda did (somewhat)

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 29 August 2022 23:24 (one month ago) link

tipsy, if your wife is looking after you make sure youre both masked up every single time you go near each other. I didnt with my othr half (I masked, he didnt) and eventually I caught it. Though whos to say if it was in the window before we knew he had it too I suppose...

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 30 August 2022 04:08 (one month ago) link

Yep, we’re both masking any time she brings me food or drink, or when I have to enter the rest of the house. But she was definitely heavily exposed, since I already had some symptoms the last night we shared a bed. Fingers crossed! We have friends and family who have offered to help if we both end up sick.

Aaaand now my wife has a fever too. No positive test yet, but I imagine it will come tomorrow. Fun. At least we’ll be able to stop wearing masks in the house I guess.

Ugh, good luck, my friend.

I’d Rather Gorblimey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 31 August 2022 01:48 (one month ago) link

Yeah its harder with no one to schlep for you :( my sympathies.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 31 August 2022 07:34 (one month ago) link

tips! how are you?

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 September 2022 14:33 (four weeks ago) link

I don't even know what Paxlovid is.

I was looking for this thread the other day but couldn't find it for the life of me so I posted in the Outbreak! thread instead. My dose is still no worse than a nasty cold, not much fever, the sore throat has abated (thank God), still coughing quite a bit though and it's generally unpleasant but not horribly so.

One fairly comic incident. When you're off sick where I work you're supposed to phone in and leave a message on an answering machine. So I had a bit of a rough night on Tuesday with coughing fits and when I woke up in the morning and tried to leave a message to say I'd definitely tested positive for the rona all that came out was this croak like a cross between Dalek and coffin lid being opened. Still at least they'll know I'm not faking it!

Buckfast At Tiffany's (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 September 2022 14:55 (four weeks ago) link

Get well.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 September 2022 14:59 (four weeks ago) link


Jean Arthur Rank (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:02 (four weeks ago) link

hang in there you auld bawbag

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 8 September 2022 16:17 (four weeks ago) link

I did all the right things (social distance, mask, vax, boost, latherrinserepeat) and none of the wrong things (attend indoor megachurch services, etc). And for two and a half years, it worked!

And then, five days before I am to get on a plane for a long-anticipated trip to Iran, it fucking happens.

Need I mention how challenging it was for an American to get a visa for Iran?

So now I am sick as a dog and not going on a dream vacation, which was particularly for me after the summer where I HAD FUCKING CANCER AND MY BREASTS WERE CUT OFF and also MY BELOVED CAT DIED, FROM CANCER.

Fuck u COVID.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Thursday, 8 September 2022 16:29 (four weeks ago) link

Also: Paxlovid mouth is real. All I can taste is burnt grapefruit pith sauced with tin.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Thursday, 8 September 2022 16:30 (four weeks ago) link

aw quincie :( i'm so sorry

Mr Haaland's Opus (Neanderthal), Thursday, 8 September 2022 16:32 (four weeks ago) link

Thanks Neander. I'm being indulgent with the the First World Problem self-pity, but jesus christ what bad luck.

And of course I am out of sick leave because, well, this summer's CANCER.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Thursday, 8 September 2022 16:38 (four weeks ago) link

Get well soon Tom and Quincie

sweating like Cathy *aaaack* (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 8 September 2022 16:49 (four weeks ago) link

Aw jeez quincie, so sorry. That makes my canceled NYC trip seem paltry by comparison. I hope you recover quickly and can reschedule that trip, sounds amazing.

I'm basically recovered I guess, it's always a little hard to say when you're actually over something. I don't have any lingering symptoms, but I feel kind of fragile — like anything strenuous would wear me out fast. My wife has had essentially the same experience as me, at this point we're just both working from home and chilling out as much as possible, waiting to feel like actually doing anything. Which we won't do anyway until we have negative tests, of course. She was still showing strongly positive yesterday, and I had a very faint positive line — mine may just be picking up dead virus at this point, but I don't want to go wandering around and inadvertently expose anyone. We'll test again tomorrow and see where we're at.

Overall I'd just classify the experience as "being sick." A few days of fever, several days of feeling pretty bad and rundown, several days of steady improvement. If I had to estimate I'd say I'm at about 85-90 percent right now — but that last 10 percent is the difference in, you know, feeling like vigorous exercise or whatever.

Not something I'd be in a hurry to repeat. Definitely as I've gotten older I just resent the hell out of being sick with anything, it's not like I have an infinite number of weeks left on the planet and the fewer of them I spend feeling lousy the better. And of course I've been reading about all the heightened risk factors for people who have had it — gray matter shrinkage, increased risk of heart disease and stroke etc — which seem bad but there's nothing much one can do about it.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 8 September 2022 16:59 (four weeks ago) link

Best wishes to all currently suffering!

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 8 September 2022 16:59 (four weeks ago) link

dear universe, please stop shitting on quincie asap

mh, Friday, 9 September 2022 15:17 (three weeks ago) link


I am feeling better today, which makes it easier to not be so sad. Spouse and I are starting to laugh about it. And the bright side is that it won’t be so fucking hot in Iran if we successfully get visas for November!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 9 September 2022 15:21 (three weeks ago) link

Also I basically just had the best booster ever so DONE WITH YOU covid for ever and ever or at least this particular go-round

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 9 September 2022 15:22 (three weeks ago) link

Feels like little more than a mild cold now but I'm still testing postive. Another week off work then.

Buckfast At Tiffany's (Tom D.), Sunday, 11 September 2022 11:59 (three weeks ago) link

quincie, so sorry your trip got ruined. Hope your case is mild and you get an even better trip this fall.

Abel Ferrara hard-sci-fi elevator pitch (PBKR), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 10:07 (three weeks ago) link

(xp) Apparently not. Government advice is, after 10 days, even if you're still testing postive - and provided you're not very ill - it's fine to go back to work.

Buckfast At Tiffany's (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 10:09 (three weeks ago) link

testing positive is not an indicator of contagiousness iirc

even the birds in the trees seemed to whisper "get fucked" (bovarism), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 10:48 (three weeks ago) link

So I believe.

Buckfast At Tiffany's (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 11:12 (three weeks ago) link

Or so Her His Majesty's Government tells me.

Buckfast At Tiffany's (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 11:13 (three weeks ago) link

Having both officially had it in January, it looks almost certain that we had it again about 6-8 weeks ago, despite testing negative. As mild as it was, we're both still experiencing pronounced and prolonged fatigue. In my case, this actually got worse last week; I couldn't complete a shift at the pub, and I've since resigned completely. I now spend 1.5 to 2 hours in bed every afternoon. The brain fog is generally very mild, but working at the pub most definitely brought it out. I'm still DJ-ing, and I'm absolutely fine during the sets when the adrenalin kicks in, but there's a price to pay the following day. I've been told numerous times to "listen to your body", which is good advice, as the body can sometimes contradict the brain, and the brain is not always to be trusted. Having shielded my sister for 10 months during the pandemic, who has ME/CFS, the parallels are very clear, and the knowledge gained then has proved useful. So, this is long COVID then. I'm just leaning into it and not stressing about it, as that would be pointless.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 13 September 2022 11:38 (three weeks ago) link

Feel better, everyone!

I think the "listen to your body" thing is real (and logical). The few folks I know who had more than just mild cold symptoms made the mistake of going out and goofing around the first day after five they tested negative, and they seem to have struggled more with after effects. That's not exactly hard data, though, since most people I know who caught covid had lingering fatigue. It's rough on you, even at its most mild, and certainly disruptive. That's why I've always been a flu shot proselytizer. I can't remember the last time I had the flu, and no one in my family has had it in recent memory, either. But those who do catch the flu are suddenly reminded of how much it sucks, and how much it just sticks around. People I know that never used to get the flu vax and eventually caught the flu are some of the loudest pro-vax people I know.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 September 2022 11:54 (three weeks ago) link

Sorry you’ve been saddled with this, Mike t-d

realistic pillow (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 13:52 (three weeks ago) link

yeah Mikle t-d sorry to hear that, hang in there.

coming up for air now after getting absolutely wrecked by this. line on the tests didnt start fading until 2 weeks in, didnt test negative until nearly 3. paxlovid seemed to keep the fever down after the first couple days, but was just hammered by severe fatigue & joint pain until about day 10, was all i could do to shuffle to the kitchen a couple times a day and then get back into bed. after that it turned into a more familiar flu type thing which gradually let up over the following week. symptoms are mostly gone now except for brain fog, feel like my brain is only working at abt 80% capacity, short term memory is rough and noticing blank spaces in my vocabulary, trouble pulling words out in conversation. which is a bit alarming but hoping i'll see it gradually fade. not the brightest bulb to begin with so i need every scrap of grey matter i can muster.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 14:19 (three weeks ago) link

mom and best friend both hit at the same time (total coincidence, though mom is in tennessee in the middle of a bubble and best friend got it at burning man). Both are doing fine after an initial flu like period of a week and a half but still testing positive.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 19:52 (three weeks ago) link

A close friend caught it at Burning Man too. A mild case, he says: runny nose and on the first day a sore throat.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 20:04 (three weeks ago) link

yeah that was her experience too.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 20:18 (three weeks ago) link

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